12 Menswear Sewing Projects + 2 Blouses
[gallery ids="11161,11142,11134" type="rectangular" orderby="rand"] You guys are such an inspiration! Each day I begin the work day by checking out what you've been making and sharing on Instagram, via email (email@example.com) or on Facebook. Be it the fabric choice, the creative hacks, or the skilled stitching, your projects always allow me to see our old designs from a new perspective. I've created a gallery for each pattern that you guys have been sewing of late. Above you can see a couple ofexcellent Fairfield Button-ups (along with some VERY elegant Jedediah trousers!). The aqua colored Fairfield and black Jeds are part of matching father and son outfits in honor of father's day. They were sewn by Belgian seamstress and milliner, Jo Chapeau. The chambray Fairfield Button-up was sewn by Georgia for her partner James. The fabric is a Robert Kauffman chambray (have you ever seen and felt these in person? I love the depth and texture of the fabric. It is so luxurious feeling while giving the overall appearance of a casual fabric choice.) [gallery ids="11157,11156,11145" type="rectangular"] These two Strathcona Henleys could not look more different but they were sewn by the same person! Esther sewed one men's version featuring the Henley placket and long sleeves and then modified the pattern to create a women's version which she has dubbed the Mariner's Tee. It looks as though there is orange striped piping around the neckline. I love the attention to detail and the way she played with the stripes. [gallery ids="11153,11158,11140,11138,11141,11137,11149,11144" type="rectangular"] The Jedediah Pants and Jutland Pants are excellent skill building projects. I never fail to feel pride and amazement each time I complete a trouser fly. I think these talented sewists felt the same (judging by their Facebook messages, Instagram comments and emails!). From top to bottom, left to right: 1.Jedediah Pants by Lindsay (@designbylindsay) 2. Jutland Shorts by Ben 3. Jedediah Shorts by The Drapery 4. Jutland Shorts by Isis. [gallery ids="11159,11148,11135,11136" type="square" columns="2"] The Finlayson Sweater, on the other hand, is a very quick make and is forgiving of all manner of stitching and fitting imperfections. There is very little topstitching and the fit is boxy enough that you don't have to worry about tweaking it much for a variety of body shapes. Even though it is a simple design, it can still be made special by making an unusual fabric choice. I love the color blocked sleeves and collar in the top photo (sewn by @lafamillecreative). The French Terry used by Khadetjes for the Finlayson in the lower photos looks extremely cozy. You can see some close up photos of the texture on her blog - it looks perfect for a chilly day like today! [gallery ids="11147,11155,11154" type="rectangular"] Photos of Comox Trunks are some of my favorite to stumble upon because I get such a kick out of the wild prints many people select! You would be hard pressed to find such colorful and cheery underwear in the shops! The top pair has been sewn by @theunknownstar and the bottom pair (along with the matching thong) have been sewn by @superlousew. I may have shared this couple's set of undies on Instagram or the blog before but I can't find evidence and I can't resist spreading the concept of matching undies throughout the sewing world! [gallery ids="11150,11160" type="square" columns="2"] This Camas Blouse caught my eye the other day - it was sewn using a woven fabric with a beautiful cotton lace yoke. I like how the lace yoke shows peeks of the main fabric through the gaps. This lovely blouse was sewn by @lamuseauplacard. [gallery ids="11146,11151,11152" type="rectangular"] Lastly, let's not forget the Goldstream Peacoat! Near the end of each summer progress shots of Goldstream Peacoats never fail to pop up on my Instagram feed. These images, by @timetosew caught my eye due to the very precise basting and padstitching she has completed. I have had the pieces cut out for a Pendleton Wool Goldstream for over a year now. Since I have made so many Goldstream Peacoats over the last few years, I thought I would veer from the sewing process which I detail within the instruction booklet. This process features very easy yet effective methods that are approachable even if it is your first coat project. This time I'm going to use some of the tailoring tips from our Tailored Peacoat Series! Obviously, I am a tad intimidated (this is why the project has sat for over a year in my WIP bag) but I am thankful for the inspiration from sewists like @timetosew who just buckle down and get stitching! It's time for me to do the same so Matt can finally replace his old ratty Goldstream that I made him years ago as an early sample from very cheap faux wool. If you have a Thread Theory project on you sewing table, I would love to hear about it! Send your questions, your ideas, your photos, and your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, message me on Facebook, or use #threadtheorydesigns.