Sewing for men my 12 month challenge
Last year in December 2014 I wanted to make a t-shirt for Marc. The problem I faced, was in the choice of patterns available, they were either very young in style ie. for teens or very dated or consisted of theatrical costumes and medical scrubs.
My challenge throughout the year for 2015 was to see if I could sew him a wearable garment for every month. Simple garments or accessories he could use in his everyday life. In conclusion I succeeded, most he wore and loved. The apron is untested but all ready to go for Christmas day!
Sewing for men which is your favourite?
Ok votes being taken now….which one is your favourite? I love the shorts on Mr July and the shirt on Mr May.
The picture below is one of my favourites and very close to my heart. Taken on a balmy summers evening, my Mum was staying (she lives in Florida) and we had such fun teasing Marc whilst photographing him he was enjoying his new found talent as a male model! We were relaxed and laughing, we were happy, a good memory to cherish from the Summertime.
A Year Of Sewing For Men. The results
- January lounging in vintage style
- February is the outdoors type
- March M is for Madness
- April is having fun at the fair
- May Gets Shirty.
- June is missing
- July Chilling Surfer Style.
- August was a mash up
- September Sewing Fail!
- October was a Beanie Bonanza
- November PJ’s
- December Frilly fun.
- A year of sewing for men
A few things I learnt from this challenge:
- Men really are neglected in the pattern choices that are available online and in stores. We need more casual but trendy shirts that are not for teens, more smart casual clothes would be great!
- I found it hard to sew well and thoroughly enjoy it when you find yourself under pressure.
- You cannot really choose a more advanced project to sew and complete in a month, when combined with work, kids and home. I had planned to sew jeans and more shirts, all impossible given my time scale. However they are now on my ‘slow sew’ list for this year!
- The weather has so much to do with how we choose or buy our clothes and fabrics in the UK. for instance linen is usually only available in the summer, but what happens if you want to sew a linen shirt now and be ready for the spring.
- This man is a jolly good sport as well as being exceptionally talented and very, very handsome of course!
- I sewed very little for myself, this year
Most used Pattern when sewing for men
Burda 7916: we used it four times: March, April and August and once last year too:
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