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The boys in my life and the clothes I made for them lately

  Sewing menswear is a bit challenging. Not because the sewing patterns are more complicated, but because it is much harder to find good, contemporary and wearable sewing patterns for men. The Internet world is full of amazing women’s patterns, but what about the deprived men?

A quick search for “shirt ” in the very popular Burda site gives the following results: 471 options for the women’s section but only 16 patterns for men (some of them are nice but some are for strange costumes like here and here or for pajama tops). This means that for every 100  patterns for women they release only 3-4 patterns for men, 20% unwearable (unless it’s bedtime or halloween…). Well don’t catch my statistics, but this really demonstrates the situation.

So I’m on a search for good patterns for the men in my life. And I did found some indie companies, like Thread theory and Walden, and (if you knit) brooklyn tweed with the BTmen collections, that take men more seriously.

Meanwhile, meet the boys in my life and the clothes I made for them:IMG_9265

For my big man: Avast sweater by Jesse Loesberg, A free knitting pattern from 2006 fall Knitty magazine; and  Strathcona T-shirt by Thread theory made with some medium weight knit fabric.

For little men: a raglan sweatshirt with a pocket, refashioned from an adult size shirt that big men didn’t wear anymore. The pattern is here.IMG_9276I made the sweater for Gidon as a birthday present 3 year ago. You can see more on my Ravelry page. I loved the design and it has many little fine finishing details and that braid pattern above the hem.  This garment is very much loved by his owner. It’s practical, cozy and was worn a lot in the past few winters.

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The shirt is new. A simple fitted t-shirt made with a medium weight knit  (some sort of french terry) in grey and dark blue, very soft but with no drape and just a small amount of stretch. Perfect for menswear. The pattern has many finishing options: long or short sleeves, finished with hem or a bend, henley placket or crew neck, and since my man is a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy I believe it will be a very useful pattern. The fit is just right for him.
I bought the whole Parkland wardrobe builder from Thread theory. It also includes a pair of pants and a nice cardigan and I’m so excited to try them.
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This shirt is refashioned from an old adult size sweatshirt that Gidon didn’t wear anymore. I disassembled the sweatshirt: front, back sleeves and neck bend and use the fabric to sew this kid’s size raglan shirt. The hems and the details on the sleeve are from the original shirt, and I also used the original collar bend so it took just less then an hour to finish. The little pocket is made out of the fabric that was stitched to the inside of the sweatshirt for decoration. I looooove it. and so doe’s my boy.

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They seem very happy. Don’t you think?

Michal

Quick and easy summer sewing for my kids

IMG_20150525_142253 - CopyMy kids, like many other kids I guess, don’t rush to get dressed in the morning. No matter what time it is or how hurry we are, they always take their time. Well, kids probably have their own clock.  And now that summer vacation is over and school and kindergarten started we have to deal with it all over again.

They don’t know what to wear in the morning.

To tell you the truth my kids closet is full of cloth, and they are big enough to go and pick their own outfit for themselves. I want them to feel comfortable in their cloths so that they    can move, run, jump, learn and have fun all day like kids should. And I don’t care if they get dirty. On the contrary. The problem is that “this is too tight” “this is too yellow” or “this looks funny” etc. It’s kind of hard to please them. And yes, I know we have to choose the cloths the evening before, we do that (many times), but it’s not working. What was good last night doesn’t always match the mood this morning. Eventually, what happens most of the times is that they pick the same garments again and again and again…. And O…O. what a mess it is if something is in the laundry basket.

Ha… Fortunately we always manage to get out in time and not be late for school/work (sigh of relief).

I love sewing for my kids. First, because you don’t need a lot of fabric to sew something pretty (a great stash buster). Also, working with small pieces of fabric make it easier and less intimidating to learn and practice new skills. It’s usually a quick project and a good quick satisfaction (we all need that too sometimes). But the most satisfying thing for me is when my kids love the things I make for them.

This summer I picked up the KIDS SHORTS by DANA MADE IT. And what a great versatile sort of pattern it is.

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I love this shorts and they loooooove to wear them. I made a few for him, with pockets and flat front: one in blue, one in gingham and one in some seersucker fabric. I don’t think he took them off all summer long.

For her I made one in floral medium weight cotton fabric, and it was such a big success that I made a blue and white gingham to our niece too.

 Well done Dana. Thank you.

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Another big success this summer were a few pairs of knit viscose leggings I made for her. No pattern here. I drafted the lines by outlining some leggings she likes to wear, added seam allowance and elastic band and sew with zigzag stitch on my regular sewing machine.

I already got orders for sewing next summer’s pants. I am one proud mom.

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