Make Clothes From A Shop Bought Pattern

Do you want to make your own clothes from shop bought patterns? We can help you make ANY garment from a pattern in our weekly Sewing and Dressmaking classes, or in our One-to-One lessons at a time that suits you!

We love to teach tissue fitting for making clothes from patterns. It's a method of fitting and adjusting the paper pattern on your body, to get a much more accurate fit before cutting up ANY fabric! It means you end up with a much better fitting final garment

  • New to making clothes? Click here to view our pattern recommendations for you
  • Make dresses, trousers and tops in your classes - see below for what to bring/wear to class
  • Men's shirt pattern advice is at the bottom of the page - scroll down
  • Get help buying your own pattern & fabric/notions for any type of garment in our downloadable free guide here
  • Don't cut out your pattern before your classes as you may be surprised to be a different size to the one you expected! We will show you how to choose the right size.

Great patterns for beginners to make at home or in our Stitch Classes:

Make these in our Stitch Classes, or we offer Zoom one to one lessons if you need a hand at home!

Mens shirt patterns

Our teacher Ricky recommends Burda 7045 Shirt Pattern, but it is an 'intermediate' pattern, so if you are a beginner or improver you may want to first try the ones I've listed lower down the page first 

Burda 7045 Shirt Pattern - Intermediate
Ricky says:
If I have any advice, it’s to measure, measure, measure. It is a close fitting shirt. If I make it to my neck size it comes up too small, so I’d go for chest size first then adapt to the neck size that fits best. I have to lengthen the sleeves and the body (at the waist).My big complaint about men’s shirts is that they are all designed for 5 foot tall muscle-marys! It’s my go-to shirt pattern.
Buy it at Minerva or search for it on Google

For something more casual to try first and marked as an 'easy' sew try either of these:
Simplicity Men & Boys Easy Sewing Pattern 8180 Shirt, Boxer Shorts & Tie: Buy on Amazon or search for it on Google

Burda Mens Easy Sewing Pattern 6741 Pyjama Tops, Pants & Shorts: 
Buy at Sew Essential or search for it on Google