Men's Latin ballroom shirt PDF downloadable sewing pattern SIZE SMALL


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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I will be retiring and closing my shop soon. The downloadable patterns will continue to be available until Aug. 31, 2018. However, I have only a few pre-printed patterns remaining, and once they're gone I won't be printing any more. So if you're planning to order a printed pattern, please do it soon.

This is my original Men's Latin Shirt sewing pattern, but now you can save time and cash by downloading it from the internet.

(COUPON: Receive 15 percent off when you spend $50 or more in a single purchase in my shop. Use coupon code dance15 at checkout. Please note: This code only works on individual purchases over $50. It is not retroactive.)

This listing is for a size SMALL pattern. Sizes Medium and Large are also available in my Etsy shop. Please refer to the chart below to help you determine which size to order.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a beginner's sewing pattern. It is a professional pattern designed for expert-level sewers.
DanceSport Sewing patterns:
-- Do NOT have cutting layouts
-- Do NOT have hem allowances
-- Do NOT have detailed sewing instructions
If you can't sew without these aids, then this pattern is not for you.

The pattern will arrive as a PDF file that you can print on your home printer. You will need to assemble the pages and tape them together. An assembly guide is included.

Patterns can be printed to International A4 paper, as well as North American 8.5x11" Letter paper.

You will need Adobe Reader software to open the PDF file. If you don't already have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can download it for free here:

The pattern is made up of 18 letter-size pages. It takes about half an hour to tape them together.

If you don't want to assemble the pages yourself, you might prefer the printed version of this pattern, also available in my shop:

I have been in the business of creating custom-designed costumes for ballroom dance competitors for more than 15 years. This is the same pattern that I use as a base for most of the shirts that I make.

It's sized for 4-way stretch knits only, preferably with spandex.

NOTE: When you purchase a pattern or manual, you are also paying for my expertise. If you need help, feel free to send me a Convo, and I will be happy to answer your questions.

This pattern was created by Linda Blust and is copyrighted to Linda Blust, DanceSport Ballgowns and DanceSport Sewing. It is available for your personal use. You may use it to make items for sale, but you may not resell or share the pattern or any part of it without permission fom Linda Blust or DanceSport Sewing.

Please note that manuals and patterns are not returnable.

MEN'S PATTERN SIZES (in inches):
SMALL: Chest 34-37; Neck 14.5-15.5"
MEDIUM: Chest 38-41"; Neck 15.75-16.5"
LARGE: Chest 42-45"; Neck 16.75-17.25"

    Average review
    Excellent. Perfectly printable and adjustable. The neck slit is quite short in the pattern, but that makes it easier to change - you can always make it larger! Sleeves seem to run large, but that works well for guys who like the baggier sleeve style. You can always take it in. I love this pattern, and it's practically a standard!
    Sep 3, 2017 by Di
    Great customer service, have questions? You will get answers... not only is this pattern easy to understand it its easily customizable. The professional advice on style and construction make this an invaluable purchase, more than worth the purchase price.
    Aug 1, 2014 by Corinne Deehan

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Patterns and Manuals are not returnable.
Fabric sold by the yard is also not returnable, as this is cut to your specifications.
Fabric sold by the piece is returnable within 7 days after you receive it for a full refund.
I do my best to represent colors accurately, but please be aware that colors may look different on your computer. If the exact shade is important to you, or if you're trying to match something, please feel free to ask questions or request a swatch.

Additional policies

When you purchase a sewing pattern or manual from my shop, you are buying my years of expertise. If you need help or are unclear about any instructions, feel free to send me a Convo. I will be happy to answer your questions.

All manuals and patterns in this shop were created by Linda Blust and are copyrighted by Linda Blust, DanceSport Ballgowns, and DanceSport Sewing. They are available for your personal use. You may use the information to make items for sale, but please do not duplicate them without express permission fom Linda Blust or DanceSport Sewing.

I am often asked why my patterns are more expensive than commercial mass-market patterns.
These patterns are the culmination of my life's work as a ballroom costume designer. They took many years to develop, and hundreds of hours to digitize on expensive software. My printing costs are $25 per pattern for the big ballroom patterns, plus the cost of envelopes, ink and paper for the instructions and enclosures. The big-name pattern companies are able to keep their costs down with mass printings on huge offset presses using rolls of thin recyled newsprint. That's not an option for me, because I'm dealing with a limited niche market.
The Basic Ballgown Pattern measures 52 sf and weighs close to 1 pound -- too heavy for cheap first-class shipping.
Even if I am able to sell one pattern a day, which is an optimistic expectation for such a specialized market, I would have to charge $100 each just to clear minimum wage. Obviously I can't sell them at that price. So I am charging less than half that, and hope that over time I will be able to at least recoup my expenses.
I am now retired from making dance costumes, but am continuing to sell my patterns because I believe there is a need for them, not because I'm greedy. Ballroom dancers are accustomed to paying up to $5,000 for a custom-made gown. I know that $45 for a pattern isn't cheap, but it's still a bargain if it will save thousands. And for the price, you get not only the pattern, but also my expertise and years of experience, and my availability to answer any questions.

Patterns are available in two forms: Either pre-printed on large sheets of paper that will be mailed to you; or emailed to you in PDF format that you can print at home on either US Letter or International A4 paper.
The gown patterns are quite large and it takes about an hour to tape all the pages together.
If you live in the US, I strongly recommend that you spend the additional $20 for the printed pattern, provided you have time to wait three or four days for delivery.
But if you live outside the US, you might prefer the downloadable version. Even though it's a lot of work to assemble, it will save you a lot of waiting time, shipping cost and potential customs fees.

I do my best to represent colors accurately, but please be aware that colors may look different on your computer. If the exact shade is important to you, or if you're trying to match something, please feel free to ask questions or request a swatch.

If you have any questions, please "Convo" me using the "Contact" button on the home page of my shop: