Monday, May 4, 2015

The Jigsaw Shirt


The formula: Use a favorite sewing pattern (in this case a heavily adapted version of Burda 8710). Lay out the pattern pieces. Cut up a couple of thrift store men's shirts (I've used two shirts and one man's pajama shirt). Using a jigsaw puzzle frame of mind, start playing and laying out shirt pieces over the pattern pieces. Once you have a pleasing arrangement for a particular pattern piece, sew shirt pieces together so that you then have a single piece of fabric that extends beyond the borders of the pattern piece and cut out that piece. Sew the shirt together. Voila!

Shirt back (yes, it's the back)

Here's how I went about piecing these together. I had to add snippets of material to the bottom of the pattern on either side to have enough cloth for the flare, but used matching material so those additions aren't visible.

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I like the way the opening in the gray pajama material at the bottom is off-center. I also love the way the use of the shirt button plackets for a collar turned out.

Button placket used for collar

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  1. This shirt looks like it would be comfortable to wear. It would be nice to see your creations on a live model. That way it would be easier to know how they would fit a person. Keep up the creative work. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  2. Just assume they all look great. Seriously, I make them for myself and other than taking photos in the mirror, which I've done a few times with other pieces, that's it. My budget doesn't extend to models, though I could probably talk my friend Pam into it.

  3. Very Smart,,, Would you be so kind as to show a picture of the original patterns ou started with(Burda 8710). I am not sure it if it is the same one I am finding on Google.

    1. Here is the photo of the pattern. As noted, I have heavily adapted it over the years. I’ve cut the neck into a boat neck and then stitch on a “turtleneck” of whatever width I want just by cutting out a long band of material, doubling it, stitching it to the neck, and then sometimes folding and stitching it again.


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