He's the man I made that size 44" shirt muslin for last weekend. Today he came by for a fitting. (Yes, I work holidays.)
Other than a slight sloping shoulder adjustment in back, I don't think there's much work to be done.
The base pattern I used was Simplicity 8541 from 1988.
I shortened the collar a little but otherwise sewed it straight from the envelope and it
went together without a hitch. If you're in the market for a slightly
fitted shirt pattern, I recommend this one (and it's relatively easy to find online).
Below is Zack in a Ralph Lauren shirt he gave me as a sample of what he generally wears in RTW and how it fits. (I also took his measurements.) I think the slimmer line and slightly longer collar of the muslin are much more flattering. He agrees -- and so does his girlfriend Christina.
Zack wasn't sure about what color shirt he wants, so with Christina and Michael's help, we tested a variety of colors and patterns from my fabric stash. We think he looks best in salmon-y pinks, olive-y greens, and more delicate prints (Michael thinks he's an Autumn.). Fabrics with a sheen really bring out the warm glow in Zack's complexion. See if you agree.
The following are the ones we liked best:
I'm really excited to be sewing for Zack and delighted that the muslin fit as well as it did. (And a big thank-you to him for being such a good sport.) I'll keep you updated as the project proceeds.
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