Shirtmaking: Developing Skills for Fine Sewing Paperback – Oct 1 1998
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The author, associate editor of Threads magazine, states in the introduction that he makes shirts "for the pleasure of the process, rather than as a time-saving or money-saving necessity." Designed for the experienced sewer who desires to re-create the custom-fitted look of the expensive shirtmakers, this guide examines the anatomy of shirts, the steps in patternmaking, and the techniques in shirt construction for both men's and women's garments, whether Oxford cloth, silk, or wool. Line drawings detail fabric types; shirtmaker's tools; pattern detail; precision sewing procedures for collars, pockets, packets, and cuffs; as well as the many other aspects of the shirtmaking process. One section offers ideas for variations on the classic shirt theme. Details on monogramming and sources of supplies complete the work. A companion video (unseen), Shirtmaking with David Page Coffin (45 minutes,
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
David has also been a frequent guest host on several online sewing forums and has hosted live chats on PatternReview.com. He has appeared on Sandra Betzina's HGTV sewing program, and his instructional videos have been broadcast on YouTube.com and have received great reviews on ThreadBanger.com, PatternReview.com, and other sewing sites. David hosts http://makingtrouserswithdpc.blogspot.com/ and http://myvirtualworkshop.blogspot.com.
He lives with his wife, Ellen, in Brookings, Oregon.
Inside This Book(Learn More)
Choosing appropriate fabrics for sewing projects-fabrics that flow when you want drape and that aren't too stiff when all you want is character-vies with fitting as the most challenging skill in garmentmaking. Read the first page
Front Cover | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
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Top Customer Reviews
In _Shirtmaking_, David Page Coffin addressed every single problem I have faced, and now I can actually turn out tailored shirts that both fit me *and* look like they were made by a professional. All the questions left unanswered by the instruction sheets included with commercial patterns were addressed in this book, and along the way Coffin also answers a lot of general questions I had about sewing that are ignored in most books aimed at home sewers. _Shirtmaking_ is clearly written, and with a bit of patience and the ability to follow directions an intermediate-level sewer can turn out a successful garment. While the specific focus of the book is sewing men's shirts, the exact same sewing techniques can be used on women's shirts and blouses, and Coffin provides plenty of illustrations and examples.
Coffin covers his subject so thoroughly and precisely that he comes across as a bit fussy, but this sort of fussiness is a virtue and a godsend. There is an embarrassing number of sewing books gathering dust on my shelves, but I still refer to _Shirtmaking_ frequently. It is *by far* the single most useful sewing book I've ever bought, and is well worth the money.
It is not for beginners-it assumes the reader has mastered basic sewing skills-but any competent sewer should have no problems. I especially like that it focused primarily on men's shirts-so very, very few books even bother to mention sewing for men.
Most recent customer reviews
Not for the beginner. I bought this looking for a good project to do over the christmas break. I ended up with a dashiki mu-mu looking piece of tattered scrap. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lauren T.
Everything I will ever want to know about making quality shirts is right here in one reference book. Perfect!Published 4 months ago by Morgan Meredith
Well, I love the author and the content. However, not having real pictures sometimes makes it hard to understand. I do prefer video and would pay more for it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Terri
I have to say, I was really very disappointed in this book considering that the reviews for it were so excellent. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2013 by SurlySuzy
I only wish he would write a book about pants making or tailoring! This is my ultimate reference for shirt sewing! Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004
This guy changed the way I sew forever. His advice on felling feet and rotary cutters is worth the price of the book alone. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2000 by G. Stanton
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