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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?

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Sewing with stripes

Fall is officially here and last weekends rain made me very happy. And what a better way to celebrate it but a free Friday morning?

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This pattern is the Agnes by Tilly and the buttons, my favorite everyday top pattern lately.

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One of the annoying things about store bought striped garments is that sometimes the stripes don’t match. Isn’t it so?  Therefore sewing with a stripy fabric is a bit more challenging. Of course it’s optional, if you are not bothered by unmatched stripes.  But I prefer to take the time and match because it’s more pleasing to my eyes.

Matching is not that complicated, just need to pay attention and be a little more patient. Here are links to some good tutorials here and here.

Rain, a good cup of coffee and a few stripes that fit together. The small thing that can make me so happy.

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How I picked my first sewing pattern + Agnes top and miette skirt

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When I started to learn how to sew I was looking for patterns suitable for beginners, but didn’t really find anything I liked. Until I found this lovely blog and site. Tilly walnes from Tilly and the buttons introduces herself as designing “step-by-step guides to sewing your own clothes for the new wave of DIY dressmakers”.

Miette skirt is the first garment I ever made a few years ago. The title that caught my eyes was “the perfect sewing project for beginners!”.  Well. I didn’t believe. It looks complicated…..but the detailed tutorials and the friendly attitude were very convincing. So I bought some denim fabric and jumped in to the cold water. And what can I say? Like a magic I made a skirt. A comfortable, flared wraparound skirt with detail like a bow at the front and patch pockets.

It’s not made perfect, true, but still …a skirt. And not just a skirt, but one of my favorites. I wear it at least once a week. Love.

In one of the next posts I’ll write about some other cool sewing patterns for beginners.

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Now the top. I wanted to sew Agnes top since it was published in June, but didn’t have the time. It’s a close-fitting jersey top with a few neckline and sleeve options. It’s very versatile and suitable for wearing with anything. Tilly’s instructions are always very clear and friendly, even for beginners, and if you are new to sewing with knits you can also sign up to an online video workshop that will accompany you step by step through the process of sewing your agnes top.

  Sewing with knits is a bit trickier then sewing with woven fabrics because of the stretch. This pattern is skill level is for “improvers”, but don’t lose confidence because if you don’t have any experience the coco top and dress pattern is a good way to start. I made a few Coco’s (I’ll write about it in another post).

Anyway, you don’t need a special machine for sewing with knits. A regular machine with zigzag stich is OK.

I made my Agnes with a ruched neckline. The fabric is a light viscose (a bit slippery but no big deal). Big LIKE. A few more knit fabrics are waiting now to become Agnes.