Instructions for the EZ ShirtMaker

Collar Shapes:

Trace the stitching line by placing the template on the collar pieces a seam allowance from the upper and side edge of the collar. Trace with a thin tipped fabric marker, pencil, Hera marker or similar tool. After stitching the side and upper edge of the collar, trim/grade seam allowance, turn right side out. Use a point turner to get the tip of the collar point out the best that you can. Place the EZ ShirtMaker into the collar and work the seam to fit across the edges of the template and press. Ta da!! You have a beautiful collar.









Cuff Shape:

This is used for a right-angled shirt cuff. Put together the cuff per instructions on your pattern. The cuff portion of the template is used when the cuff is already made but not sewn closed. Next place the cuff portion of the EZ ShirtMaker template inside the cuff snug against the top and side edge. Press with the iron on top of the cuff with the template inside. The template will make a nice crisp rectangle shape for the cuff.











Shirt-Tail Hem Shape:

Not all patterns use a true shirt tail hem, but if your shirt tail matches the curve on the template you are in business. Sometimes you will see this curve in other pattern areas like a cuff on a jacket. Using a long stitch (3.5 for example) with thread tails 2-3 inches long stitch starting at an inch before the curve, ¼ inches from the edge, stitch the curve and about an inch past it. Place the template on the fabric matching the curve and a seam allowance away from the edge. Pull one of the thread tails so that it gathers up and over the edge of the template. You can secure the fabric with metal paperclips to hold the fabric on top of the template before you iron. Press with the iron, remove the template and clips and press again. Finish with your preferred hem technique or lining attachment.

3 thoughts on “Instructions for the EZ ShirtMaker

  1. You have some great helpers here! Another product for your to consider offering: aluminum or stainless steel strips in various widths, for use instead of cutting card strips for pressing templates. Those card strips always distort because of the moisture, for me at least. You can get metal strips at many hardware stores but they are only 12″ long; longer ones would be most helpful. Good luck!

    1. Hi Carol,
      I really like your idea! I have thought the same thing while using the card strips (they get so wimpy after awhile) for shirt plackets, etc. I have a really long metal ruler that I have thought about using, but it has cork on one side and it would be nicer if it was a thinner metal. I’ll toss it around with some local seamstresses and check with my metal cutters and see where it goes.
      Take care,

      1. Hi, Claire, thanks for your reply!  Only one metal strip would be needed (say 4″?) if the other measurements were scored into the metal.  The length is what is so hard to find; 20″ wouldn’t be too long, in my opinion.   A hole drilled in the end would make storage on a nail or pegboard hook easy.

        From the metal strips available at the hardware store, which are brass or shiny chrome-colored metal, I’ve noticed that one of the metals cools off more quickly than the other, which would be a valuable feature for an item like this.  Perhaps your metal cutter would have some knowledge of this, or could give you scraps on which to experiment. 

        One time when some ductwork was replaced at my place of employment, one of the men was about to discard a 5′ long 1″ wide galvanized strip.  He gave it to me when I asked for it, and it has been useful a number of times.  I store it under my cutting mat, but it has a kink in it which is annoying.  I wish it were straight and rigid.

        Today, using the Word program, the Tables feature, I printed off a page with lines .25″ apart (every other line shaded) and laminated it.  I figured if the laminating pouches can take the heat of the laminating machine, they could take the heat of an iron.  It wouldn’t have to be a real hot iron, just hot enough to lightly press in the fold.  After removing the laminated page, the fold could be more firmly pressed with the iron.

        However, laminating pouches off-gas noxious and dangerous fumes when heated in the laminating machine, so this would be a product to stay away from for commercial purposes, in my opinion.

        At any rate, I hope to see your metal strips on the market soon.


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