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The Perfect Blouse: Determine the Correct Size

Video: Threads magazine

To get started creating a man-tailored shirt, you must determine the correct pattern size. In this episode of The Perfect Blouse series, sewing instructor Sandra Miller explains what you need to do when selecting a size, once you’ve found your pattern.

Take measurements

She says the first step is to take your bust and hip measurements. Add a couple inches to those body measurements to be sure the finished garment has enough ease for your wearing comfort.

Choose the correct size

Then look at the chosen pattern’s envelope back to find what is known as the “finished garment measurements.” Choose the size that most closely reflects your measurements with the added inches for comfort. Sandra demonstrates on two patterns from Cutting Line Designs: The Blouse Perfected, a classic style with all the details of a traditional men’s shirt;  and Easy. Ageless. Cool., a camp shirt style.

Coming up

In the next episode, Sandra talks about how to prepare the pattern.


About This Video Series

Sandra Miller, from independent patternmaker Cutting Line Designs, hosts this 15-part series on constructing a man-tailored shirt. Sandra has come up with a method of sewing with precision and helps others to do the same. In this video series exclusive to Threads Insiders, Sandra walks through the steps for creating the shirt while explaining techniques for: shirt collars collar bands plackets four-button front sleeve plackets cuffs, and other details Note: Two new installments are released each week…

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