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#1 dpcoffin



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Posted 01 April 2018 - 07:48 AM

Hoping this isn't off-topic, as it's not perhaps "tailoring". But for any readers here who'd like to watch a pro making shirts, these links should certainly not be missed, IMO—which is always that the more you know about, the better choices you can make, and that being aware of methods that very experienced experts use is always useful, even if you're wanting to go in a different direction personally (aren't we all?). Who knows what an impact even the tiniest of revelations can ultimately have on one's own work?

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I've watched a lot of YT how to sew videos, but none have impressed me as much as the ones from this channel; I'd say no one who wants to learn shirtmaking (or any sort of pro/factory menswear construction and pattern-making techniques) should miss 'em:


There's SO many interesting things he does that most home/DIY sewers would never think of, nor regular consumer sewing instructional material would ever show, including mine…tho if I'd seen these shirt-making clips long ago, I certainly would have incorporated some of his methods, and will from now on. Most of what I've seen so far depends so much on long practice and supremely confident hands and visual judgement that it's almost useless to a sometimes-sewer like me, but still, just watching his hands and how he thinks (and how useful an ordinary stapler might be to add to the tool kit!) is totally fascinating!

The two videos in particular that I enjoyed were these, even though I'll never make styles like these, nor use fusibles in my own collars:



Edited by dpcoffin, 01 April 2018 - 09:10 AM.

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 09:13 PM

Thank you Mr. Coffin.
I have three of your books and thoroughly enjoy them.
Also I will be getting Stanley Hostek's books as well due to the recommendation from this site and in your How To Make Trousers book.
Thanks again for putting your knowledge in print.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 10:35 PM

I love the way, in the second video, he casually shoves in the end of his shears to turn the point!

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 08:45 PM

I've also come across these videos and spent hours watching them with awe. Ever since I went to India I've been amazed of their sartorial skills. I remember the day I went for a quick shopping for a kurta shirt. I was in a hurry so I fought their adamant insistence that I chose a fabric first, understanding that they were going to make a custom made garment that would take hours or days. Finally, I accepted their conditions. They measured me and in less than 20 minutes I had my shirt perfectly cut and made to fit. Fast is not always better, but, in this case, after 13 years of wear and tear, have not damaged a single stitch of this piece.

I've watched also these from the shops in Bangladesh:


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Posted 21 July 2019 - 07:56 PM

I knew the YT channel you were referring to immediately. Like you and stickystiches, Ive watched most of his videos and I am a subscriber to his channel. He is a really gifted and industrious shirt maker and tailor. What skill and imagination!

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