Sewing for my guys

Muscle Up Tank

Have I mentioned how much I love sewing for my guys? It’s been wonderful having more and more men’s patterns showing up in the PDF pattern world. This one is from Greenstyle Creations. My son has to approve of any pattern test that will involve him modeling pictures and this one was a definite yes. He chose the fabric after I gave him options. It’s a light to medium weight cotton lycra and was wonderful to work with. I’m not sure where I bought the fabric. Clay is particular about how long his shirts are, so he had me shortened this one quite a bit. I think it could have been at least 1″ longer, though he likes the length of it.

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We had a fun but quick photo session where he was more cooperative than usual with pictures!

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The Muscle Up Tank includes sizes XXS to 4XL. What a great range of sizes! It features dropped armholes and a narrowed back.  It comes with the option to use bands or binding. (I love the look of binding). You can also finish the neckline or top it off with a fun three piece hood.

Get this wonderful piece on sale for $8.50  (regularly $12) through April 14, 2019.

 

Sewing for my guys

Breaking Ground Tour

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Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019 hosted by mahlicadesigns. This year over 25 bloggers from around the world are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. (Read on for Giveaway info)

When Melissa of Mahlica Designs posted a call for bloggers for the Breaking Ground Blog Tour, I had to check it out. I didn’t know exactly what it was, but quickly found out. It’s trying something new; a new to you (and me) designer or skill. Breaking ground with a new to me designer sounded like fun! I have plenty of patterns from designers I’ve never tried. It was tough narrowing down the choices.

Thread Theory is a Canadian company that had several men’s patterns that I admired for a long time. I loved the details and style of some of the pants, jackets, and sweaters. I finally bought the Jedediah Pants during a rare sale with the plan to make shorts for my son. Then it sat and sat in my account for several years before I decided I’d better sew them up before Clay graduates and goes off to college! There are no layers (boo hoo), so I traced off his size 30 (the smallest one), cut out the pieces from some red chambray, and got them half sewn. The instructions have you sew flat felled seams on certain parts of the pants. Working with fabric that frayed terribly, I didn’t want to deal with flat felled seams, so I set the whole project aside.

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After a few months, I decided they needed to get finished and off my table. So back I went to the directions. I skipped the flat felled seams in favor of serging and topstitching. That worked out fine. The order of construction is different than any other pants I’ve sewn and I wasn’t happy about the strange (to me) order of things. The inseam and even the outseam was supposed to be sewn and finished before sewing in the zip and fly. That would mean I would have to try keeping all the fabric of the shorts out of the way while maneuvering the fly installation. So, I changed the order to inseam, fly, then outseam; which worked out just fine.

 

The shorts version is supposed to be longer with a roll up cuff hem. Clay is wearing his shorts shorter these days, and the longer legs were too tight to even roll up once, so I trimmed off some fabric and went with a regular hem. The waistband instructions were difficult to follow, I tried sewing as written, but mine was not turning out correctly. I ended up sewing it in a way that made sense to me without any problems. The belt loops were no problems at all.

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In the end, the shorts look pretty good. Unfortunately, they are too tight in the hips and legs for Clay. If any reader has a guy to fit into these, let me know and I will pass them on (US addresses). Waist is 30″, inseam about 7 1/2”.

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Will I use this pattern again? Maybe. Some day I may get the urge to make a pair for my husband.

After this experience, will I sew another pattern from Thread Theory you ask? Well, that depends. I won’t be rushing out to buy another pants pattern, but I wouldn’t mind trying a sweater or jacket. Also, to my surprise, the website has changed drastically since I’ve been on it last; and they now carry patterns of other designers. If you are sewing for your guys, this is the largest selection of mens patterns I’ve seen! Support the Indie designers, small businesses and new companies! You may hear of some new ones if you follow the tour this week.

Oh, and one more thing… Thread Theory has the best tutorial on installing jean rivets that I’ve seen! I started using it years ago when I made my first pair of jeans and is how I found the company.

Enter the raffle below and check out the breaking ground from other bloggers on the tour by clicking on the links.

The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 11That’s Sew Lily, Sewing A La Carte, Mijn 11jes & ik

Tuesday March 12mahlicadesigns, Embrace Everyday, Jot Designs, auschick sews, Raising Stripling Warriors

Wednesday March 13Musings of A Seamstress, Very Blissful, Sew4Five, Just Sew Something, Hazelnut Handmade, Crafting Through Time, Tales From A Southern Mom

Thursday March 14Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Ronda B Handmade, SequioaLynn Sews, Sewing with D, The Sewing Goatherd, OOYAmade, My Golden Thimble, Custom Made by Laura

Friday March 15Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Sewing Novice, Ronda B Handmade, Momma Bear Sews, MeMade, My Golden Thimble, Lulu & Celeste

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.

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We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

Sewing for my guys

Back to School Boys

It time to go back to school with a Sewing Blue blog tour. Thanks goes to  Made for Little Gents for hosting the Back to School Boys tour! Actually, my son when back to school a few weeks ago! He’s a senior in high school this year, but hey, big boys need back to school clothes too!

I love sewing for my son and make no secret about it. Happiness is seeing him love and wear something I’ve lovingly sewn for him! When Summer of Owl Creek Patterns posted a testing call for the Cardinal Sweatshirt, I jumped at the chance. I don’t usually do this as it’s a bit scary trying a pattern designer I don’t know and haven’t tested for. You never know what to expect. It just so happened that the plain style sweatshirt was exactly what my son wanted to replace a couple of rtw ones that were too small. There are options for a hood and zipper hoodie too, so you really get three sweatshirts in one! He chose the fabrics from my stash which is always a good idea if I want him to wear what I sew. The crazy pink print is very old, maybe from the 80s or 90s and the yellow gold one is a color he has been loving lately. I love that he chooses the decades old fabric and helping to use up my stash!

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He asked for this shirt from another crazy fabric the day before vacation. I quickly whipped it up and he has worn it to school several times already! I’m so glad to have this pattern after trying a different one with not so good results. I will be using it over and over!

Anyway, back to the sweatshirt. Since I made the basic version, this shirt was very fast to sew with excellent instructions (lots of details for beginners), and fit perfectly on my son the first time! I made size 14 as my son is at the high end of the chart (his chest is a couple of inches bigger than the chart), but there is enough ease that the fit is how he likes it. The pictures aren’t the greatest as we took some indoors instead of the 100+ heat.

They will come in handy when the weather cools down though! Then he will be able to wear his new Chinos from Wardrobe by Me.

These pants are a modern style my son loves with narrow legs from the knee to the ankle. They were easy to fit and detailed instructions to sew. They come in sizes 27″-36″ and have beautiful welt pockets, belt loops, and all the details that make them so professional. The Chinos are on sale for $10 until the end of August so be sure to get a pair to sew for your guy! All of the tester versions are awesome!

Look at these fantastic welt pockets!

And don’t be afraid to try Owl Creek Patterns. You might be pleasantly surprised!

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Be sure to visit the other bloggers on the tour. It’s always fun to get ideas and see what others are sewing up for their boys for back to school!

Back to School Boys Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents

We’re making back to school fashion fun for boys with all these makes! Check out what each contributor has made:

Thurs. Aug. 23 | Made for Little Gents (Intro to Back to School Boys Blog Tour)
Fri. Aug. 24 | Tenille’s Thread
Mon. Aug. 27 | Sewing with D
Tues. Aug. 28 | Made for Little Gents
Wed. Aug. 29 | Custom Made by Laura
Thurs. Aug. 30 | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy | Paisley Roots
Fri. Aug. 31 | My Sewing Roots | Ronda B. Handmade

Sewing for my guys

A Jensen for Mike

So far, my husband Mike, misses out when it comes to my sewing. Oh, I’ve made him little things like the therapeutic neck pillow using this pattern, underwear using the Boxerwear pattern, and even a Raglan and a Pullover. But none of these things required much (if anything) in the way of fitting.

Then, comes the Jensen Shirt from Wardrobe by Me! This is a classic button-down, something that we can never find to fit Mike. The sleeves are always too short and there’s extra fabric hanging off the shoulder/arm areas. It took me a while to get the gumption to get started, but it ended up being a relatively easy pattern to put together. The instructions are thorough and the topstitching and all the little details make it a very professional looking shirt.

So, this shirt has many alterations including sloping the shoulders of the front and yoke pieces, using a smaller sleeve size to then fit into the smaller armscye, and lengthening the sleeves (1 1/2”). Next time, the sleeves will be 3/4” shorter. Mike was excited to get a shirt that finally fits his arms and shoulders and is hoping for more!

There’s a sew along for the new shirts (a new one for the ladies too, called Anna) starting on April 26th. Come join us in the Wardrobe By Me Pattern Support group and sew along! Both patterns are on sale for $10.00 (reg 12.00), sale ends 4-28-2018. Buy both patterns and use code “jensen and anna” for an additional $4.00 off (total price $ 16.00). 

Come on now…doesn’t your guy need a new shirt? See you next time or over in the sew along!

Sewing for my guys

Sew Thankful Sewing Tour

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It’s the month to be thankful. Although I try to be grateful all year long, sometimes the icky parts of life get in the way and I forget for a bit. There are so many things in my little corner of the world to be thankful for, starting with my family, church family, and friends, and continuing on to our home, food, safety, sewing machines…well you get the idea, it’s a long list! For this blog tour, I’m going to concentrate on one small part of the big picture, our youngest son. He is our last child at home and I am truly thankful for him.

 

Clay has been the sweetest and calmest child since he was a baby. The best snuggler too! He has almost always avoided getting in trouble giving us so much peace of mind. He made goals for himself at a young age in Civil Air Patrol and Boy Scouts, and has worked very hard to accomplish them. The best part though…Clay is respectful, considerate,  compassionate, and loving! His grades have been top notch, even in honors and AP classes in high school. Clay used to believe I could make anything! I may have convinced him otherwise by now (he’s 16, after all), but he still wears some mama made clothing. And that makes me very excited!

 

Usually, when a pattern test comes up for men, I decide if it is something my husband or son will wear. This time, I wasn’t sure either one of them would wear the FarFar Cardigan designed by Christina of Wardrobe by Me. I remember my dad wearing sweaters like this; and would have made one for him if he didn’t live 2000 miles away! I love the style and wanted to test it badly enough that I signed up without asking; then showed Clay the line drawings and Pinterest board Christina had created. That was very helpful in convincing my teen that a young man could definitely wear this style. There is also a shawl collar option but Clay chose this traditional style. He approved the fabric and helped choose buttons and ribbing which is important if I want him to wear what I make.

 

The pattern covers sizes 2XS – 3XL so all of your guys should fit! The features are

  • Long sleeve with cuff
  • Placket with 6 buttons
  • Patch pockets
  • Shawl collar
  • Simple placket

Oh, and it’s on sale until Nov 17 if you want to get started on Christmas gifts!

Clay really likes the cardigan, yay! He will wear it when the weather cools. I am so thankful I can still sew for him!

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win!

Week 2: 11/8-11/14

Giveaway: Simply by Ti $20 shop credit

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Our Thankful Sewing Bloggers are creating something special to share with you to celebrate this month of Thanksgivings! As an extra special surprise, we also have a couple giveaways during each week of the tour. Share your thanks with Petite Stitchery who has a new pattern to share with us, a free pattern giveaway from Sew by Pattern Pieces, and a chance to win a shop credit each week from Simply by Ti!

Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour. You can go back and read the ones you missed by clicking on the links below!

Intro to the tour

November 1st:

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Sewing with Sarah

Week 1:

Nov 1st: Tenille’s Thread

Nov 2nd: Candace Ayala

Nov 3rd: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 4th: Musing of a Seamstress

Nov 5th: Sewing Portfolios

Monday Nov 6th: mahlicadesigns

Nov 7th: Seams Sew Lo

Week 2:

Nov 8th: Margarita on the Ross

Nov 9th: Stitched by Jennie

Nov 10th: Sewing with D

Monday Nov 13th: 5 outof 4 Patterns

Nov 14th: Tales of a Southern Mom

Week 3:

Nov 15th: Hazelnut Handmade

Nov 16th: Octaves of Color

Nov 17th: Kainara Stitches

Nov 18th: Kutti Couture

Nov 19th: The Petite Sewist

Monday Nov 20th: My Heart will Sew On

Nov 21st: Needles to Say

Week 4:

Nov 22nd: Back 40 Life

Nov 23rd: Lovemade Handmade

Nov 24th: Sewing by Ti

Nov 25th: On Wednesdays We Sew

Nov 26th: Paisley Roots

Monday Nov 27th: Mermaid Mama Designs

Nov 28th: Sew Haute Blog

Nov 29th: Ma Moose Handmade

Nov 30th: Everything Your Mama Made & More