Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Sewing for men. Burda 7916 a long sleeve t-shirt for him.

We sew for ourselves all the time,
 We sew for our children when they are younger, as they get older they start to prefer shop bought 'trendy' clothes (well my teenage son does)

How many of you have sewn a garment for your man? 
I feel it is an area of sewing that is unfairly neglected.

From patterns to fabric, even the Burda pattern I use here has a "young" label on it. 
As for fabrics I recently tried to shop for 'boy' fabrics but if you don't want a moustache or sunglasses as a 'fun' print for boys or men, then you are left with stripes or chevrons?

I have decided to try and remedy this situation.

 Next year I plan on setting myself a challenge, to sew at least one "Man Sew" garment per month.

The wonderful Rachel from House of Pinheiro blog, posted some info HERE last year, that I found to be very interesting and it will aid me in my future challenges.

To Kick off my challenge and as mentioned in my last post with details HERE , I have sewn my other half a long sleeved t-shirt in a two tone contrasting colour knit fabric.

He loves it, it fits him perfectly and as a bonus he agreed to model for it!

The Details: 

Pattern: Burda 7916 was half price  =  £2.40
Fabric: jersey knit  1.5m @ £9.99pm  =  £14.98
Total outlay =  £17.48
(All other notions I already had)

Yes you can buy cheaper elsewhere, but this is handmade and the only slave labour was mine?

We took these pics at Sherborne Abbey, look at the drainage pipe details....superb or what!

Are you planning a 'Man Sew' anytime soon? do let me know....


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Catching up: a pheasant, a chair, nail varnish and sewing for a man.

These are the days that run away from me, every year, same time same place.

You will find me driving along the beautiful country lanes, on my way to work, happy as Larry (who is Larry?)
singing along to the 'choons' blaring from the speakers and wondering where the year  has gone and exactly how did it fly by so fast?

Almost christmas: plans, lists, work sewing, home sewing, appointments, remembering who, what, why and where!

It is the same for all of us.... I know,
 I would not want it any other way, its life and a wonderful one at that! 

So a quick round-up of recent things I have not blogged about ..I blame instagram its all on IG the bits I capture with my phone but then forget to blog about.

Catch up no. 1 I did some 'man sewing' (more details to follow)...

I sewed him a very simple t-shirt it took about an hour, he loves it and it fits perfectly.
An added Bonus, he has even agreed to model it later...watch this space?

Catch-up no 2 Wildlife in our garden:

That pheasant

.... he just appeared and 'swanked' past the window performing a tightrope trick along the top of our fence.
 I was sipping a coffee and thought I was imagining it!

Catch up no. 3: a beauty rave.... my new fave nail polish: via Birchbox this month

Catch up no. 4 A make-over.....toh has retreated to his 'cave' and has started a professional 'retro- restoration' on a chair for my sewing room...
woohoo....says I !

lucky me?

What are you up to?  (apart from tree decorating and christmas stuff) are you managing to fit in some sewing or craft time? I do hope so!

Ps update on last post: I thoroughly enjoyed teaching at my sewing workshop, we had a fab time and you should see the pj bottoms we made? I cannot wait to plan the next one....!!

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