We often receive requests to make patterns for menswear inspired women’s fashion – especially workwear (modelled after our Jutland Pants). While the idea really appeals to me, I haven’t embarked on this project yet since there are still so many gaps to fill in the world of menswear sewing patterns. Thus, I was thrilled when Merchant & Mills released their recent batch of patterns – all of their latest designs are based on historic men’s workwear but they are cut and sized for women!
We now stock my favourite of the patterns in our shop so our Canadian and US customers need not pay for shipping from Great Britain. Have a look at these hard wearing designs:
This is the Victor Apron which is a practical (and trendy) full coverage design. It includes a large pocket and a separate pocket meant to hold scissors. I can imagine this working well for gardening, in the workshop, for a shop owner (I’d like to keep my scissors handy when packing your orders…I always misplace them!). Of course, this full coverage design would be lovely in the kitchen too!
Next we have the TN31 Parka. It is a relaxed take on the classic fishtail parka. I love that it uses ribbing for the neckline – this adds a really sporty touch that would be soft against the skin. It also leaves the neck free of bulk so you can bundle up with a scarf. It includes both side seam pockets and angled welt pockets which look perfectly placed to keep your hands warm.
The rest of the women’s workwear is designed for denim (but would work well in other woven fabrics too, of course!). Their jean jacket, called The Ottoline, is described by Merchant & Mills as a boxy workwear jacket but I think it manages to look quite elegant due to the cuff design and the dark denim they chose for their sample.
The Heroine Jeans are straight legged roomy jeans with a high waist and a large hem turn-up. They would be great paired with a selvage denim because you could show off the coloured selvage at the hem.
The Francine is a versatile design that can be sewn as a blouse or dress. It is inspired by the fishermen of Brittany with its yoked collar.
In addition to the women’s workwear, we’ve also added two more of the Merchant & Mills bag designs to the shop – the Costermonger:
And the Field Belt:
In addition to the paper pattern, you can buy the kit for each bag which includes high end notions necessary to make each bag.
Here is a sample of the components – including gorgeous leather strapping.
Have you sewn any of these Merchant & Mills designs? Which ones inspire you?
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