The Perfect Blouse: Determine the Correct Size
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.
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.
In the next episode, Sandra talks about how to prepare the pattern.