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!