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Topic: Help! (New) sewing pattern missing part of the instructions; any advice?  (Read 873 times)
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« on: September 13, 2010 03:46:17 PM »

I finally got to a pattern I'd bought a couple of months ago (now discontinued, of course) the other night. Going to read the instructions, I realized that the first two pages were missing! I emailed the pattern company asking if they could email the instructions to me, and their reply (twice) was that I'd just have to buy the pattern again from them. For Pete's sake! I'll call the retailer too, and see if they can help (doubt it), but does anyone have any suggestions? This was going to be a gift for Hubby. Sigh!


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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2010 04:13:59 PM »

Could you tell us what pattern it is or find a picture? Usually it's possible to get by without the instructions so if we knew what pattern you were making, we could probably help you figure out how to put it together. (Or someone might have the same pattern and could share the instructions with you).
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010 04:55:00 PM »

Thanks! It is McCalls 4399. Actually, I think someone here on Craftster made the shirt already...! It is probably super-simple, but I'm still a baby sewer.

Whoops, here is a link: http://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/11174
« Last Edit: September 13, 2010 05:16:46 PM by LibertyImagesJen - Reason: Forgot to add the link! » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010 05:27:31 PM »

Looking at it, I would say the most difficult parts would be the cuffs if you're making the long sleeved version and the collar. If you have any button up shirt pattern (even a women's one) you can use it as reference for the buttons, sleeves, maybe even collar. The main body pieces you will pretty much just be sewing together. If the collar has a stand, here's some info on sewing that: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/sewing-a-shirt-collar-with-collar-stand
If I was in this situation I would start by finding and cutting (or tracing, whichever you usually do) all the pattern pieces you need then playing with them to see how they'll fit together. You know they'll match at notches, and some things have notes on them to cut in interfacing as well as fabric so you know those pieces will be interfaced. I'd pull out a similar shirt to see how it was put together too.
I don't have this pattern, but hopefully someone who does (or a similar one) can help you out with more specifics. Good luck!
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2010 05:55:51 PM »

Thank you, I'll do that. Since the first 2 pages of instructions are missing, it'll be guesswork as to which pieces I need (doing a short-sleeve). It'll be my first man's shirt! My MIL is a very good sewer, so maybe I'll sneak her into my sewing room when she visits and ask her. Wink

I'm so tempted to send a note to the other person here who did it and ask, but it would feel weird. Can't believe the company is being so snarky...I'd pay for postage on the two pages, but would rather not buy the pattern all over again. Ridiculous!

Thanks again!

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2010 06:58:41 PM »

The pieces should all be labeled. For example if you're doing view A, just find all the pattern pieces that say view A on them. I don't think it would be weird to send a note to the person who made it... you never know, she may be able to help out. Asking your MIL seems like a good idea too  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2010 11:54:45 PM »

If you are doing a short-sleeve man's shirt, you will use all the pieces except the cuff. There may be a line to shorten the sleeve, on a single sleeve pattern. Cut the pattern on this line. (Or fold it back). You also won't need the small strip for the sleeve placket. All the other pieces will be used. Mostly the first pages will show you which pieces to use, and how to lay out the fabric. That's pretty easy to figure out.
  If the shirt has a pocket, make the pocket first. Sew it on the shirt , then if the back has a yoke, (a piece sewn across the shoulders) , sew that together. The yoke is usually cut two layers, so it gets sewn to the shoulders and the back . There is a way to conceal the seams in this step. Here's how: Sew 2 layers of yoke to back, 1 piece on each side of main back piece. Then, sew the shoulders to top layer of yoke only. THEN, twisting and pulling thru, you have to play with this to figure it out... sew back of yoke to shoulders. Turn back out, and the seams are all enclosed. Stitch remaining neck and sleeve edges of yoke layers together. Top stitch seams if you wish.
  Often a man's shirt will then have the sleeves sewn in before the sides and sleeve seam are done. Especially in the case of short sleeves.
  The long sleeve will require the seams , done first, due to the cuff .
Before sewing the collar and collar stand on, make the front placket, and buttonholes.
 Then make the collar, finishing with sewing on the collar stand. These 2 sections become one. The collar stand finishes clean inside when it is sewn on the shirt, in 2 layers, the edges turned in. All this small detail work is trimmed to 1/4" seam allowances, and points are trimmed before turning out collars. The buttonhole on the collar stand is sewn after it is on the shirt. Press up hem, roll over twice, about 1/4" twice for shirt-tail hem, 1" folded twice for straight hems, like on Hawaiian type shirts. Or, the kind that hang out straight. The key to making a nice shirt is pressing, and attention to details. Side seams should be folded under to clean-finish, and top-stitched down. (A Flat-felled seam)
 hope this helps!
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