Have you ever wondered how to sew a shirt? Read this blog, “How To Sew A Shirt: Men's Button Down,” for a fun and easy tutorial on how to make your own button down. With only a few required materials and a little time, you can make a stylish and comfortable shirt that can be worn to work, parties, or around the house. Turn on your sewing machines and join us during this sewing tutorial.
Here's what you will need!
How To Sew A Shirt
STEP 1 Get The Pattern
Print out the pattern and tape it together, following the pattern layout given. Add any seam allowances you may need at this point. Please note that the amount of fabric needed may change depending on your measurements. There is a guide included to determine the exact yardage you will need.
STEP 2 Cutting the Pattern
Cut out the pattern pieces as noted by the pattern instructions for your size. Make sure to transfer the markings and notches to your fabric. Interface all of the required pieces.
STEP 3 Front Pocket
First, let's make the front pocket by turning up, the top side of the pocket, over 2-inches. Next, stitch the pocket to the top of the front left side of the shirt using a 3-millimeter stitch length. Fold over the other raw edges of the pocket by 3-millimeters, and then press it with a hot iron.
STEP 4 Shirt Yoke
For the shirt yoke, fold the bottom raw edge over by 3-millimeters and press it with a hot iron.
STEP 6 Sew Bottom Edge Of Yoke
Using a 3-millimeter stitch length, sew the bottom edge of the yoke to the back of the shirt. Next, make two, parallel rows of stitching.
STEP 7 Stitch Side And Top Of Yoke
Baste the side and top edges of the yoke, then stitch them by hand.
STEP 8 Stitch Shirt Pieces
Pin the front and back pieces of the shirt together, then stitch them together by using a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 9 Stitch The Sleeves
Pin the back and front of the sleeves together and stitch them with 3-millimeter stitch length. Be sure to leave 3-inches open from the bottom.
STEP 10 Hem Sleeve Edges
Narrow hem the open edges of the sleeves using a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 11 Attach Sleeves To Shirt
Pin both sleeves to the shirt and stitch them with a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 12 Close Sleeves & Shirt
Next, let’s close the sleeves and the shirt. To do this, fold over and pin the shirt from the cuff down to the bottom and stitch it with a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 13 Press Cuff Pieces
Fold the top of the non-interfaced cuff piece down by 1-inch, and press it with a hot iron.
STEP 14 Stitch The Cuff Pieces
Pin the cuff pieces together with their right sides facing each other, and stitch the side and bottom edges together with a 3-millimeter stitch length. Be sure to leave the top part open.
STEP 15 Pin Cuff To Sleeve Bottom
Pin the interfaced side of the cuff to the sleeve bottom piece. Leave the piece with a folded edge free.
STEP 16 Stitch Cuff To Sleeve
Stitch the cuff onto the bottom of the sleeve with a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 17 Press & Pin Raw Edge
Press the raw edge down, towards the bottom edge of the sleeve. Next pin the folded edge of the cuff over to encase the raw edge.
STEP 18 Sew & Close The Cuff
Use a 3-millimeter stitch length to sew the cuff closed. Ensure that the raw edge is encased within the cuff.
STEP 19 Hem The Shirt Bottom Edge
Roll hem the bottom edge of the shirt with a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 20 Bottom Placket
To create the button placket, first fold over the unnotched edge of the black piece by ½-inch and press it with a hot iron.
STEP 21 Pin Placket Edges To shirt
Pin the free edge of the placket to the shirt front piece, and stitch them together by using a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 24 Stitch Upper Neck Edge
Staystitch the upper neck edge piece by using a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 25 Shirt Collar
For the shirt collar, first pin the collar pieces with their right sides together. Stitch them to each other with a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 27 Top Stitch The Collar
Top stitch both sides and the top of the collar by using a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 28 Collar Stand
Moving on to the collar stand, fold up the non-interfaced piece by ½-inch and press it with a hot iron.
STEP 29 Attach Collar Between Stand Pieces
Sandwich the collar between both of the collar stand pieces. Stitch them with a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 30 Press The Collar Stand
Next, turn the collar stand right side out and press it with a hot iron.
STEP 31 Stitch Collar Stand To Neck Edge
Pin the interfaced side of the collar stand to the neck edge of the shirt and stitch them together with a 3-millimeter stitch length.
STEP 32 Finishing The Collar
Let’s finish the collar. Press down the interfaced raw edge of the collar stand, and pin the folded edge of the collar stand over to encase the raw edge.
STEP 33 Encase Raw Edges & Stitch
Edge stitch the collar stand by using a 3-millimeter stitch length. Be sure to encase the raw edge.
STEP 35 Stitch Seven Buttonholes
Attach the buttonhole foot to your sewing machine. Select the buttonhole setting of your choice. Now, stitch your seven buttonholes.