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The Shirtmaking Workbook… Book Review and Giveaway!

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When someone from Quarto Creates reached out to me recently and offered me the chance to review The Shirtmaking Workbook by David Page Coffin, I knew it would be perfect for our ‘Back to School with me’ series of book reviews and giveaways.


Every Tuesday for 6 weeks I’m reviewing a different sewing or quilting book and giving away a copy. This is only the third one, and there’s three more!

{pssst… this is in addition to our regular weekly giveaway!}


The Shirtmaking Workbook is not a book of shirt patterns, it contains much more. David’s goal is to separate out the core aspects of a shirt from the parts that can be varied and explore the design process in detail.

He starts by explaining ‘blocks,’ as a starting point for shirt design and then shows how to vary the details, including how to design just about any type of shirt collar imaginable.


There are no patterns in the book, but there is a link on page 10 for accessing bonus online content, including patterns for some of the shirts and blocks.

David also provides some construction tips and tricks, which I find invaluable for someone who wants to try shirt making without a regular pattern.


In fact, after reading this book I feel inclined to grab my husband’s best-fitting shirt out of his closet and try to copy it. I really don’t think it will be all that hard (stay tuned, lol!).

The introduction to this book indicates that it is a reference guide for someone who has sewn at least one shirt before and is fearless enough to dive into the design process.

Honestly, my favorite thing about The Shirtmaking Workbook is how he ‘peeks’ inside all kinds of ready-to-wear and one of a kind shirts to see how they were constructed – I love to do that too!

So, who wants to win a copy??? Enter using the giveaway widget below. The giveaway will run until Monday September 14th at 10pm Eastern.

Good luck!

the Shirtmaking Workbook


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