Kate Underdown

Since George Clooney announced he was a ‘sew bro’ last month, we’ve had lots of requests to share our top sewing patterns for men. Thanks to the Great British Sewing Bee each year, more men are taking up the hobby and learning to sew their own handmade wardrobe. This week we have brought you our favourite top sewing patterns for men from independent designers. Get inspired with our collection of top sewing patterns, to use up those knit fabrics in your stash. Most of these sewing patterns are also quick to make and easy to fit, so ideal gifts!

Men’s shirt sewing patterns

Harold Shirt from Fibre Mood


Harold is a relatively close-fitting men’s shirt with pockets. It can be worn open with a T-shirt underneath or simply buttoned up. The sample wass made using a medium-weight jacquard. A number of different fabrics will work, including denim, cotton twill, corduroy, wool fabrics, etc. Sizing XS – XL, available as a PDF or PDF + printed copy shop pattern.

All Day Shirt from Liesl and Co


A men’s wardrobe staple, the All Day Shirt this shirt is both versatile and polished. The pattern features many professional details like a separate collar and collar band, tower sleeve placket, and collar and cuff facings to help you sew great looking (and fitting!) shirts. View A includes a continuous (cut-on) placket, dress collar with pockets for collar stays (and a template for making them), and a sharp-looking chest pocket. View B features a separate (set-in) placket, button-down collar, and workshirt-style pockets with concealed button flaps. Sizes XS – XXL, available as a PDF or PDF + printed copy shop pattern.

Fairfield Shirt from Thread Theory


The Fairfield is a button-up shirt with all the classic details and a modern, moderately slim fit. This design features a slim collar with collar stand, an optional chest pocket, flat felled seams and a yoke. The button band is drafted onto the shirt front to make matching plaids and stripes simple. The hem is curved so the shirt can be worn tucked in or loose. The sleeves include tower plackets and the option for a hidden tab so that they can be rolled and secured at the elbow. Choose a centre back pleat or create a more fitted look with long shaped darts. The Fairfield includes regular sizing for slim to average figures, as well as a separate set of pieces for larger figures. Sizes XS – 4XL, available in paper, PDF or PDF + copy shop formats.

Unisex French Cheesemaker’s Smock from Folkwear


This roomy pullover style is traditional garb for cheesemakers in Roquefort, France, and a comfortable smock for your studio or daily outings. It’s a popular choice for Medieval and Renaissance re-enactors, as well as for making an everyday tunic-style shirt. Sized for men and women, this easy-sew smock features a shoulder yoke, front placket, simple narrow buttoned neckband, and optional underarm gussets. The sleeves are gathered at the wrist into a buttoned band cuff. Sizes 32 – 46, available as a PDF or PDF + copy shop printed pattern.

Men’s t-shirt and long sleeve jersey top sewing patterns

Emmett T-shirt from Laela Jayne Patterns


Henley, polo, or standard T-shirt — we’ve got you covered with the Emmett pattern. The Emmett also has short and long sleeve options. Make using medium weight knit fabrics, such as cotton lycra, bamboo cotton, pique cotton or interlock knit. Fabric should have approximately 50% stretch, and 4-way stretch is preferable. Sizes XS – 3X, available in PDF or PDF + printed copy shop format.

Sayward Raglan T-Shirt from Theory Theory


Sayward is a versatile raglan t-shirt for everyday casual wear. The attractively curved raglan seams paired with a relaxed crew neckline create the flattering appearance of a strong chest. The sleeves are slim without clinging. The body is an average fit suitable for most figures. Choose between full length sleeves or short sleeves that end mid-bicep. The hems can be sewn using a zig-zag stitch or a twin needle. The instructions are thorough and include finishing suggestions, step-by-step illustrations and both beginner and intermediate sewing options. They explain methods for sewing the shirt with or without a serger. Fabric requirement charts are provided for a monochrome shirt or a colour-blocked shirt with contrast sleeves and neckband. Sizes XS – 4XL, available as PDF or paper pattern.

Milor Tee from I AM PATTERNS


I AM Milor, a classic T-shirt. I am simple to sew and even easier to wear. What makes my charm? My timeless design of course. In a stripy fabric for a weekend at the seaside or in a plain jersey underneath a jacket for a relaxed meeting, I will go with you everywhere. Sizes XS – XXL, available as a PDF or paper.

Unisex Tulia Tee from Sewing Patterns by Masin


The Tulia Tee looks gorgeous on both men and women. The diagonal lines give the tee a unique look, and with its comfortable oversized fit, you’ll never want to take it off. It’s also a great scrap buster. You can make each of the five panels of your Tulia Tee in a different jersey scrap from your fabric stash. The construction of the tee is very simple which makes it a fast sewing project. Sizes XS – XXL, available in PDF or PDF + printed copy shop format.

Men’s jumper and hoodie sewing patterns

Arlo Track jacket from The Friday Pattern Company


The Arlo Track Jacket is the perfect lightweight layer. It features a sport collar, interesting seamlines, and comfortable front pockets. The Arlo is fitted without being tight and comes with three length options: short 22″ (56 cm), medium 24″ (61 cm), and long 26″ (66 cm). It is the type of zip-up you can wear on its own in fall and under a warm coat in winter. This is a unisex pattern and looks great on all gender expressions! This pattern is intermediate but is achievable by the confident beginner. Sizes XS – 7X, available in paper, PDF or Pdf + printed copy shop pattern formats.

Jackson Pullover Helen’s Closet


The Jackson Tee and Pullover is ready to be a workhorse in your wardrobe. This gender-inclusive design is great for you and excellent for your family and friends, too. All views have a classic unisex fit with a slightly dropped shoulder and crew neck. The pullover features knit bands for the cuffs and a hem that can be sewn in matching ribbing if desired. Two lengths are provided for both the tee and pullover so it’s easy to suit yourself or the person you are sewing it for. You simply can’t have too many Jacksons! Sizes US 0 – 34, available as PDF or PDF + copy shop printed pattern.

Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory


The Finlayson sweater is a grown up version of the classic hoodie. It will be a wardrobe staple due to its cosy boxy shape and hard wearing cuffed hems. Variation 1 features a unique squared neckline and a stylish shawl collar. It also includes an optional neckline facing that can be used to feature a contrast fabric as a finishing touch to the garment interior. Variation 2 includes a roomy lined hood that crosses over at the front to join to the squared neckline, as well as a classic kangaroo pocket to protect hands from the elements. Sizes XS – XXL, available in paper, PDF or PDF + printed copy shop format.

Maggi Sweater from Melilot


Maggi is a sweater with a relaxed fit and raglan sleeves, cuffs, and neck and hem bands. This unisex pattern comes with two sleeve lengths. Maggi is suitable for beginners. Sizes EU 32 – 56, available as PDF or PDF + copy shop format.

Family shirt from Schnittchen


Have you been looking for a sweatshirt pattern that offers lots options and fits the whole family? Then the Family Shirt sewing pattern is just the thing for you! You can sew this sweatshirt for men and children in just one colour, with a ribbed neckband or a hood, in two different lengths. Or you can colour block your sweatshirt by sewing coloured stripes onto the sleeves or using a different coloured yoke in the front and back. You can also add a kangaroo pocket! Anything is possible, and in combination with the Ada Hoodie sewing pattern for women, the whole family will look and feel great in matching tops! Sizes M – XL, available as PDF or PDF + printed copy shop pattern.

Dean Sweater by Bobbins and Buttons


Dean is a classic raglan sleeve men’s sweatshirt with rib trim for the neck, cuff and hem bands. Make with medium weight sweatshirt fabric with 15% stretch. Sizes XS – XXL, available as a PDF or PDF + printed copy shop pattern.

Men’s cardigan sewing patterns

Auden Cardigan From Jennifer Lauren Handmade


Auden is a smart yet casual men’s cardigan with a nod to the 50s. Made from cosy and comfortable sweatshirt knits and featuring a modern slim fit body and saddle shoulders, Auden is a deceptively quick make. Easily customisable to even the most discerning of tastes, you can mix and match fabric colours and prints on the body, sleeves, cuffs and neckline for a truly unique garment. Sizes XS – XXL, available as a PDF or PDF + printed copy shop pattern.

Newcastle Cardigan from Thread Theory


For men who would like to stay cosy but look stylish, the Newcastle cardigan can look trendy or classic depending on the fabric choice. It is slim fitting with long cuffed sleeves and a flattering fold-over shawl style collar. This cardigan sews up quickly in a forgiving knit and features several customisable details, such as a shoulder and back yoke (easily included or left out), small or large collar and decorative topstitching. Instructions clearly indicate when certain details can be added or removed and contain tips on how to simplify sewing with knits. Sizes XS – XL, available as paper, PDF or PDF + printed copy shop pattern.

Men’s waistcoat sewing patterns

Belvedere Waistcoat from Thread Theory


Sew a timeless waistcoat with the Belvedere Waistcoat pattern! It’s the perfect minimalist piece to wear to formal events. This design features a curved back seam and long darts to fit the garment close to the body. It includes a back neckline facing for a high-end professional finish.There are two variations: 1. A tailored waistcoat complete with welt pockets, a fully canvased front and side seam vents and 2. A quick and easy waistcoat with no pockets and simplified construction techniques. Both waistcoat projects are great scrap busters since it is easy to mix and match fabrics. Sizes XS – 4XL, available in paper, PDF or PDF + printed copy shop formats.

Mr London Waistcoat from Sew La Di Da Vintage


Mr London is a stylish 1930s inspired waistcoat cut to give a slimming silhouette, with faux pockets, button fastenings, tabs and contrasting trim at the back. The faux pockets streamline the front and are easy for novice sewists, but if you are up for the challenge and confident they won’t get stuffed full of used handkerchiefs, why not make them into real pockets? Mr London is a perfect day-to-day waistcoat that’ll smarten up any outfit. Sizes XS – XL, available as PDF or PDF + printed copy shop.

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