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Should be called "Collar Making"
on 23 February 2014
Very disappointed with this book as I assumed from the title it would explain how to make shirts. It doesn't.
I really wanted something that would help me draft my own block so that I could tailor shirts to my own fit, but there is no such information. Instead, the reader is invited to trace around a shirt he likes the fit of, and use that as a pattern.
There is, however, a lot of information on collars... a LOT of information. So much that I really feel the book should be called "Collar Making"!
As others have said, there is a dearth of photos which add to the disappointment.
The book is somewhat American, and David Page Coffin is very opinionated. He talks at length about what the ideal dress shirt should look like, yet only makes a cursory mention of the European placket (aka French Placket) on page 22, and there is no real discussion of how to make one. Be aware that what is referred to as muslin is likely to be calico in the UK/Europe.
If you are interested in making your own shirts, including drafting a pattern unique to your shape, don't waste your money on this book. Just download the free pdf tutorials from Burda Style (do a google search for "burda style mens shirt block" and "burda style mens collar block".)