I wanted to make sure my husband was happy with his garments, and I started with his shirt. There were sections I had some trouble with, or didn’t understand, but for the most part we’re both happy. Next time, I hope to use a nicer fabric for the shirt, and chest and cuff ruffles. He picked out some cufflinks he liked and wanted to use with the shirt. The best part of this project was his excitement — he wanted to see every bit of progress I made, and couldn’t wait to try it on.
Updated 10/14/12: I have changed the pleated shirt ruffles to a narrower gathered ruffle. I am also hoping to make a wider cravat. Sometimes you’re not sure how things will work out until the other garments are layered with it!
Updated 10/16/12: I finished a wider cravat to replace the original. It also has narrower hems since I used a hand sewn rolled hem.
– “Making a Men’s Shirt” Website.
– White cotton for my first attempt.
Other materials used:
Hand and machine sewing.
Here are entries that mention 18th century shirts:
– Main entry.