Fundamentals of Apparel Construction: Pattern Cutting

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After earning a perfect grade on my pajama pants, the next project in my fundamentals of apparel construction course is to make a pajama shirt. When I first read the course syllabus, I really could not understand why making pajamas was such an integral part of the curriculum. However, after giving it some more thought I came to the conclusion that if you can make a pair of pajama pants you can eventually work your way up to making jeans and trousers. The same theory goes for making a pajama shirt and eventually being able to create a dress shirts and oxford button down shirts. This might not necessarily be the case but its a theory that I developed in order to make sense of the situation. 

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For the first project, I took photos of the finished product but this time I wanted to introduce this shirt from the early stages. After choosing my fabric, the next step in the process was to cut out the pattern. Most skilled professionals create their own patterns from their clients measurements (something I will learn later on in the program), but in this fundamentals of apparel construction course, we are using commercial patterns (waxed tissue paper). I selected a solid hunter green flannel for this project, because I love the texture of flannels and green is one of my favorite colors. Some might even ask why would I make a pajama shirt out of flannel, but I don’t intend on wearing this shirt as a pajamas. In fact, I am thinking about attaching some suede elbow patches on the sleeve once the shirt is complete. 
As you can see, this shirt has seven individual pieces (one piece I had to cut out twice), but some shirts can have more and some can have less. For instance, a dress shirt or a button shirt would also need shirt cuffs, a collar, and a placket. While this shirt could have had one less piece if I decided not to include a chest pocket.
Cutting out the pattern and the fabric only took about two hours, so I am assuming I should be finished with this project soon. 
As always, thanks for reading and stay tuned for the finished product!
Yours truly,
Akil McLeod
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