This is the first book I’ve ever bought on sewing Men’s shirts! And definitely my first book review on this subject.
I was first drawn to this book after receiving a sewing question from Happy Sew Lucky on instagram. I have actually seen this book many times but never thought it could be possible to make a Men’s shirt on my own. After seeing pictures of her shirt in progress, I was inspired to get my own book and maybe… just maybe, I will make one for the husband (who sometimes read my blog by the way so I can’t say too much)
The book includes 19 patterns with both formal and casual shirts’ patterns included.
Regular collar white shirt
Semi wide spread collar white shirt
Due bottoni collar shirt – this is supposed to be a casual suit, not for wearing with suits.
Wing collar formal shirt
Round collar cleric shirt
Regular collar casual shirt
One-up collar short sleeve shirt
Stand collar tuck shirt
Shirt with zippered pockets.
If you, are like me, unable to tell the minute differences between the different types of collars and cuffs, then this book will be very useful for you. Interspersed between the various pictures of the shirts are these pages that breakdown the details of a shirt, for example the different types of collars, cuffs, even the different types of fabric and buttons you can use.
The descriptive text is in Japanese but the main English terms are translated and that was enough for me. There are also sections on bleaching, ironing, dyeing, etc but these are mostly text and not much pictures so I did not show them here.
Various types of cloth suitable for making shirts.
The How-to-make section starts with a scary flow chart. It’s pretty mind boggling but in a nutshell, the purpose is to list down all the steps involved in making a shirt. I’ll just stick to the individual pattern instructions for now and not try to get confused by this diagram.
So here’s an example of a how-to-make. On the left column near the binding you can see the instructions in point form. Pretty brief instructions, as most of the instructions are detailed in diagrams. There is only 1 set of full instructions which is for pattern 1 – regular collar shirt. I guess this is because most of the steps in making a shirt are pretty similar so there is no need to repeat the steps in all of the patterns. The rest of the patterns do not have a full set of instructions but wherever there is a variation from the standard shirt instructions, the diagrams of the additional steps will be included.
Close up of one of the diagrams.
2 large pattern sheets included.
Before I forget, the size chart!
The size chart table is divided into two sections.
The first three rows of measurements refer to nude measurements (meaning actual body measurements) and they are : height, chest around, waist.
The bottom 5 rows refer to garment measurements: neck around , sleeve length (from neck to shoulder to wrist), shoulder width, chest around, wrist around.
Frankly speaking, it looks like a massive project. Even the number of patterns to be traced per shirt is daunting. I will probably try one of the casual shirts first but before that, I will need to source for the right type of fabric. Does that sound like an excuse not to start? ;P
Title : 男のシャツの本 Book of Men’s Shirts
Author : 嶋崎隆一郎 Ryuichiro Shimazaki
ISBN : 978-4-579-11110-7