LOOK BOOK: Menswear
This month’s sewing LOOK BOOKis all about menswear! We get asked lot about which sewing patterns are good for men and we have collated some of our favourites in this post, pairing them with a selection of delectable fabrics. We’d love to hear your thoughts on these so do leave a comment at the bottom. Have you made any of these patterns.. how did they turn out?
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Of the menswear patterns out there this is a wardrobe staple and from what we’ve heard on the grape vine a really good cut. The shirt comes with optional pocket detail on the front and the styling has a nod to retro. There are two versions, one with long sleeves and finished with placket and cuff or short sleeves. Make with shirting, flannel or rayon fabrics.
This is part of a new range of menswear patterns from Merchant and Mills and we really like the relaxed feel of this boxy shirt, perfect for those summer months (here’s hoping UK readers!) Inspired by America in the 1950s, the shirt comes with a one piece collar and short sleeves. Make with a lightweight denim, chambray or linen.
Who doesn’t need a classic t-shirt in their wardrobe? This simple pattern comes with a long sleeve option too making it ideal for all season. This is a wardrobe staple you can make up again and again. Great beginners pattern and if you’re trying to sew with knits for the first time. Make in light to medium weight knits.
Half way between a jumper and a jacket, the Newcastle cardigan is a stylish but casual pattern. The pattern comes with lots of customising options including contrasting yoke and shoulder detail (alternatively keep it all one colour). Make in jersey sweatshirting, this is a cosy slim-fitting option for winter.
This vintage waistcoat owes it’s close fitting shape to 1930’s design inspiration. There are nice details with the faux pocket detailing and also a contrasting trim around the armhole. Getting a good fit is important with this pattern so you’ll need to be a fairly confident sewist before giving it a go. Lots of fabric options here including cottons, wools, tweeds or silks.
This is a unisex jacket from Colette (yes ladies we can make it too!) in a classic duffel style complete with toggle closure and a three piece hood, which is detachable. As you can see the coat comes in two length options. It’s a big project to take on so make sure you set aside a few weeks to make this coat. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed!
Inspired from traditional workwear jackets from the 1950’s this jacket is perfect for spring. The shape is simple with patch pockets and it’s practical too. There is no lining so it should be a fairly speedy make, perfect in a heavyweight cotton, tweed, gaberdine or even corduroy.
As part of Seamwork Magazine this gillet can be made in less that three hours! It’s a fully lined quilted vest (the trick is buying your fabric pre-quilted!) and you have lots of options to make it your own with mix and match detailing. Keep warm in this vest and add design detail with a contrasting yoke and lining.
This double breasted coat is perfect workwear for the man in your life. Although semi-fitted, the jacket is fully lined and has lots of pattern pieces including collar, shoulder pads, yoke, welt pockets and back vent. Make in two different lengths, the pattern also comes with pieces to make trousers too. This is certainly the project to give you a challenge. Suitable fabrics include heavy wools, fleece, denim and gabardine.
Another good workwear outfit, this pattern comes with options to make a compete suit, including formal and relaxed jacket plus trousers and shorts. This pattern is certainly for an advanced sewer who has practiced tailoring techniques. Suitable fabrics include linen, gabardine and flannel.
This chino style slim-fitting trouser pattern come in two lengths so they can be turned into shorts as well. Lots of classic detailing on these including flat fell inseams and patch pockets on the back. Make in a denim for a more casual look or corduroy or twill for a smarter style. Practice lots of skills making these including top stitching belt loops and a fly front opening.
Classic straight-cut 5 pocket jeans with a button down fly and all the detailing you’d expect to find. We are not sure we could love anyone enough to make them a pair of these with the amount of effort involved, but if you are kinder than us these come with thorough instructions to take you through the process. Inspired by the likes of Steve McQueen, adding old style rivets and contrasting top stitching is a must. Make in medium weight denim.