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 and boys shirt patterns

Student Paul made Burda M6044 in 2021see his sewing journey with it on blog post here. Teacher Mel says about this pattern: It's good for an improver. I think it didn't have the usual cuff and placket on sleeves, just binding on the cuff opening, so the collar is the most tricky thing there. The instructions were fairly clear. 
Buy from The Foldline or search for it on Google

 Our ex-teacher and maker of many shirts, 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

And for children and teenagers:
Simplicity Sewing Pattern S9056 Children's and Teen Boys' Shirts 

Buy at Jaycotts here or Google it if they're out of stock