Six month progress report: sewing for men
I cannot believe that I have sewn six months worth of ‘Man Sews’ can you? Time really does fly when you are having fun ( The old clichés are always the best)
A little progress report and a quick review for you…
Mr January was a vintage make, Simplicity 2312. Sewn in the depths of winter, and very bravely modelled in a local Hotel. It has been worn a lot, recently retired due to the warmer evenings.
Mr February was a layered look, sewn for the great outdoors. A thread theory Pattern: The Finlayson sweater. Unfortunately I cut this on the large side and ultimately although Mr February liked it, I did not and got rid of it! It also was a huge PDF pattern, to stick and trace off took a long time, I did not enyoy sewing this one.
Mr March is a hot favourite, a quick and easy sew. Burda 7916 with some customisation to the front in the form of a ‘Madness’ motif. He wears it well don’t you think? this has been worn and washed many, many times. It keeps it shape too. A huge success.
Mr April was another quick sew and another make from Burda 7916. We kept the sleeves long as April was a little breezy in the south west. I sewed it in a thick sweatshirt fabric with a fleecy soft finish to the reverse of the fabric. Again worn a lot, but not so much during the warmer days we are now having.
Mr May was a surprise success and loved by us both. Burda 6931 a simple shirt with a collar on a stand and short sleeves. This shirt fitted perfectly without any alterations. I bought shirting fabric in 100% cotton.
My only complaint was that the pattern info and sewing instructions were limited, not a problem for me but may be for beginner sewers who would like to make a shirt for their man?
Mr June you have probably seen recently, so I don’t need to refresh your mind about these? Sewn for fathers day gifts, already worn and washed. Another success I think? Super hero ‘Marvel Comic’ (just glimpsed) fabric courtesy of Elephant in my handbag.
I still believe the range in men’s sewing patterns are limited and unless you are looking for pyjamas or ‘scrubs’ the choices leave a lot to be desired.
What are your experiences? Have you been sewing for your man lately?