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Hi,  What I wish to know is, how much cloth (mtrs) is needed to make an adult male's shirt.  I realise it will depend on the person's size, so the size I'm interested in is L or XL (Aust). I am impossible to fit off the rack, so I intend to buy cloth and go to a tailor, or to learn how to make shirts myself (should be fun...ha ha.)  Thank you. With best wishes, Alex S.

Hi Alex,

Assuming you're after a reasonably standard long-sleeved shirt,you'll need approximately 2.5m (if the fabric you choose is 115-120cm wide) or 2.0m (if the fabric is 150cm wide).  

If you decide to try making them yourself, most of the major pattern brands (Vogue, Simplicity) have men's shirt patterns available.  They generally have pretty simple to follow instructions, so you could buy a cheap fabric and give it a go before you go to a tailor - the achievement of being able to make them for yourself would feel great!

Anyway, hope this helps and happy sewing!



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I can answer most questions about sewing, altering or repairing clothes or home furnishings, drapes, roman blinds, crafts, pattern alteration... the list goes on!


My mother started me sewing when I was 4 and Iíve never stopped! I trained as a fashion designer 15 years ago and have been specializing in weddings since then, along with a side business in making drapes, blinds and home furnishings for commercial contracts. I also participate in just about every kind of craft I can find.

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