Pattern Review Burda 7767
My first review on Pattern Review!
(Apologies for this rather poor photograph - I took it just before my husband left for the airport for a three-week course. Will take a new one as soon as he is back and I've ironed the shirt!)
Pattern Description: Semi-fitted men's shirt, difficulty rating "average" (3 out of 4). Two views, A with tucks down front and collar band, B with patch pocket, and three different collar patterns (buttondown, Windsor, and "shark")
Pattern Sizing: 34-50 (European 44-60). I made size 46.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. I made view B with collar III.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions are adequate, but keep in mind that a man's shirt is not a project for beginners. As noted by a previous reviewer, there is a misprint on the pattern: you need to cut two yokes, not one as the pattern indicates. (It's correctly labeled as two in the instructions, but incorrectly on the pattern tissue.)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Overall, I liked the pattern very much, although there are a few things I will change the next time I make it - all are personal preferences and "cosmetic changes".
I love the slim fit of the shirt. It fits broad shoulders but is nicely fitted and tapered in the waist, even in the large size I made (46, chosen according to neck size). It is not a baggy shirt.
I didn't like the sleeve placket pattern. It was fiddly to sew neatly, and leaves a raw edge where the fabric is slashed. I prefer the pattern and method recommended by David Page Coffin in his book Shirtmaking.
The patch pocket is inelegant - it is just a rectangle. Next time I will make a curved or pointed pocket.
The cuff is overlong with an enormous overlap. Consider shortening it to fit around the wrist and add more or larger pleats at the wrist. I didn't know this at the time (only bought Coffin's book after I made the shirt!)
Fabric Used: Linen (medium-weight) in a greyish khaki-green.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I had to shorten the pattern a little to fit onto my fabric (I bought too little because I was going to buy a KwikSew pattern but it was out of stock). The yardage given on the envelope is accurate and not an overestimate!
I made and attached the collar and cuffs according to David Page Coffin's instructions.
I sewed the yoke by sandwiching the fronts and back between the yoke layers, as described in a review here.
I used hand-felled seams for underarm and sleeve seams instead of the overlocked seams of the pattern.
I used sew-in interfacing for collar and cuffs, no interfacing for front band or sleeve plackets.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. It is a well-designed shirt with a good fit and well worth the effort. My husband loves the shirt and I'll be making more.