This summer I entered a contest called Shorts on the Line. It is a great round up of all the homemade shorts around the web and I ended up winning Viewers Choice! Along with the awesome title of viewers choice came a SLEW of amazing swag!! So many patterns, gift cards, thread, fabric etc. I was blown away.
So much so that I am just now 5 months later getting around to sewing some of the patterns I received. Today I want to talk about Thread Theory. They are a Canadian Based company that focuses on mens wear. My husband works with online businesses helping them create aesthetically pleasing websites, products marketing etc and so I always appreciate a clear and easy to follow brand that is pleasing to the eye. This company gets an A+ in my book.
I opted for the Strathcona Henely Tee tissue pattern because my least favorite part of indie patterns is printing, cutting and taping them. I am so glad I went this route! The packaging was great. It comes with a tissue pattern, instruction booklet, and a perfect little tag to add to your finished garment. I ended up ordering the pdf pattern for the Jedediah pants as well but haven’t had a chance to make them yet. I will be sure to update once I finish those.
A couple months ago I actually bought fabric to make this shirt but once I got it home my husband and me both agreed it was not well suited for him. It was a rayon spandex knit. It has a bit of a sheen to it and has an excellent drape (classic rayon) but that can also translate to being too clingy for mens wear. Thread Theory actually published an awesome blog post right after I purchased this fabric on how to pick the perfect knit for menswear. Definitely worth a read, you can check it out here.
After sewing myself a shirt with the fabric that he did not want I decided to order an Art Gallery Knit in Tin Tin for his shirt. I have made a few things with Art Gallery Fabric before and they are my absolute favorite. Super soft and a nice medium weight. They also have great prints and solids to choose from. I ordered mine from Imagine Gnats shop along with a few other picks to work with for Christmas gifts.
I prewashed my fabric to prevent any shrinking after sewing and got right to work. The instructions have great tips based on if you are a beginner or experienced sewer. I probably could have taken the advice on beginner sewer for the placket but I went ahead and stuck with my original fabric choice and in the end I think it came out well. I will say that the placket was the hardest part for me and I ended up having to cut and sew mine twice. The first time I was a bit sloppy when cutting and my folds ended up being less than an inch wide which led to problems later so i went back and recut everything and ironed it more exact.
The sleeves are plenty long. I ended up leaving the sleeves at the full length and shortened the cuff just out of personal preference. I will say that I found menswear a little trickier for me personally that womens. Over all mens clothing is more simple with less frills which means you cannot hide your mistakes as easily and you really need everything to be cut and sewn just right for it to look its best. After an initial fit I took the sides in about an inch for a slightly slimmer fit and did about a half inch in the sleeves. I forgot I had taken the sides in when i sewed the hem band on so it looked a little wavy due to stretching the shirt fabric to make them meet up. It was not super noticeable, but I really wanted it to be a shirt that my husband could wear and look his best in so I took the hem band off cut it to the correct length and sewed it back on and I am so happy with the end result! I think he looks pretty great and I was very pleased with my first time sewing menswear.
What about you? do you have a company or pattern that you love for menswear? Do you have any helpful tips or favorite fabrics? I would love to hear!