To me, there is nothing more masculine and handsome than a working man dressed in simple clothing. Men’s shirts can be one of the easiest garments to produce at home if you use the historic technique of rectangular construction. I’m not a clothing historian, but my research has taught me that the rectangular construction method was used pretty much exclusively until the 1400’s and for some garments, such a the common man’s shirt and the ladies chemise, it seems to have endured for some time after. Rectangular construction, as the name implies, relies on drafting the pattern in simple rectangular and triangular shapes. It’s a money saver both in terms of the cost of a store-bought pattern and the reduction of fabric waste, it’s timeless and it produces a practical and attractive garment.
Oran has wanted a “mountain man” shirt for some time. I finished this one just a couple of days ago. The fabric is a cotton sheet.
Adaptations can include a placket and buttons in place of the bound slit in front, laces or even a complete front opening with buttons. If your man doesn’t like as much sleeve fullness it’s easy to streamline them a bit.
David gets the next shirt I make. Would anyone be interested in a multi-post detailed beginners’ tutorial so you can sew along with me?