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Your Makes: Pattern Hacks and Personal Touches

I’m always so amazed by the time and thought that you put into your menswear sewing projects.  Most commonly, our customers sew our patterns for a family member (rather than themselves) so it is heartwarming to see the love put into the projects that you make for your significant others, sons, fathers, and friends!

Shelock Coat - the Goldstream Peacoat

Just recently, Blanka emailed photos of this spot-on rendition of the famous Peacoat from BBC Sherlock.  She used our Goldstream Peacoat pattern as her base and adjusted it in numerous ways to capture all of the stylish details found in Sherlock’s iconic coat.  Check out that inverted box pleat along centre back!  And the nicely structured collar which really is the essence Sherlock’s suave style.  This Peacoat truly was a labour of love – Blanka sewed it over several months for her boyfriend.  She carefully sourced the best materials from around the world (she is based in the Czech Republic and patiently waited for Gutterman Gimp thread to arrive from the UK so she could hand sew all of the buttonholes!).

SarahBrezina wedding Jedediah and Fairfield

Sarah emailed me with this excellent photo of her and her husband at her brother’s wedding recently.  They are wearing co-coordinating handmade outfits!  Sarah is wearing a glamorous version of the Sewaholic Davie Dress and her husband is sporting awesome plaid Jedediah Pants and a linen Fairfield Button-up.  Sarah mentioned that this is her 14th pair of Thread Theory trousers (!!!) and also that she expects to sew many Fairfield shirts for family members in the future.  Wow…she is prolific!

Thank you, Blanka and Sarah (and all of the others) who have shared your Thread Theory projects with me via email!  Reading about your happy experiences with our patterns and seeing the pride on each wearer’s face as they sport handmade outfits is what it is all about for me.  Email me at info@threadtheory.ca if you would like to chat sewing and share!

 

There have been some great makes popping up on Instagram lately too.  Here is a smattering for you to enjoy!  If you would like to see more, try searching a few of these hashtags:

 

#makemenswear #threadtheorydesigns #threadtheory #fairfieldbuttonup #finlaysonsweater #camasblouse (and any of our other pattern names).  Have fun!

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHtztUXASWg/?tagged=fairfieldbuttonup

https://www.instagram.com/p/BG1k1a-J2N3/?tagged=comoxtrunks

 

Let’s finish off this post with a great sewing hack.  If you want to sew the Comox Trunks pattern but can’t source wide enough elastic (or you would like to play with some color combinations), try stitching two narrow elastics together.  Narrow elastic is available in many colors in most fabric shops.  You might even be able to find some fun prints.  Excellent idea, Naii!  I hope your Comox Trunks turn out well!

 


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The perks of being married to a sewing instructor.

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Back in April, my sewing friend, Nicole (proprietress of The Spool Sewing Studio) was on a sewing spree which included some fresh Strathcona Tees for her husband, Scott.  Scott graciously agreed to model my favorite of the selection so that I could have a small backlog of garments to show you for a busy week just like this one (we are renovating and moving the Thread Theory studio into our new home).

So, without further ado, here is Scott’s charcoal Strathcona T-shirt:

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The neckline is finished with a self fabric band and the hems are finished with a twin needle.  The sleeves have been shortened very slightly to suit Scott’s preferred length and the hem has been left at full length to suit his long torso.  He loves the length of the Strath since he often struggles with the fit of boxy, short store bought tees.

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Nicole, always an enthusiastic ‘pusher’ of the Thread Theory brand, stitched our garment tag to the hem so that she (and Scott) can continue to spread the word about sewing menswear.  Isn’t it great to have friends who operate voluntarily as a marketing team?!  Thanks Scott and Nicole!

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By the way, the Strathcona Henley pattern is currently sold out in its paper format!  It is still available as a PDF though.  Matt and I are working on getting some quotes to reprint it.  We hope it will be available in the shop once more by the end of the summer (if the quotes are affordable!).


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Happy Father’s Day!

There are only 2 hours left for you to receive 50% off of all our PDF patterns!

I hope your Father’s Day has been filled with loving Father/Daughter or Father/Son bonding time.

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Matt and his Dad sported matching Fairfield Button-ups today – Matt wore the plaid flannel one (his favorite) and Rick wore a gorgeous white linen Fairfield that Matt’s mom just finished sewing!  Rick will be wearing it to Matt’s brother’s wedding this July.  She sewed a band collar and added buttons to the sleeve plackets.  It’s the perfect cross between dressed-up and summer casual (to suit the tone of the wedding).    He’s holding the plane Matt gave him today (cute!).

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Happy Father’s Day!


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Fairfield Parade for Father’s Day

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Comox Trunks sewn by Maike of Sew and Illustrate

Father’s Day is this Sunday!  Have you finished your hand-sewn gifts?  Don’t worry, you still have time!  If you are looking for a quick little project that you can start tonight and finish easily for Sunday, you might like to sew up a pair of Comox Trunks.  They take me 2 hours to sew from laying out my fabric to hemming and they take even less time if I am sewing multiple pairs in a production line format.

The Comox Trunks PDF pattern is only $4.75 CAD ($3.68 US) during our 50% off Father’s Day Sale!

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Stonemountain Fairfield Shirt

Father’s Day sewing plans aside, today I want to show you an inspiring selection of Fairfield Button-up Shirts sewn by you as well as the finished Ikat Fairfield that I sewed during our sew-along.

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Matt really loves this print (an Ikat from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabric) and I think the indigo blue looks lovely with his brownish/blue eyes.

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I’m really happy with the casual look that the contrast Tagua Nut buttons gave to the shirt.  The amber color looks very summery against the blue – like the sun against a blue sky!

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I decided to sew the buttons on by forming a cross with my shirt to echo the print of the fabric (usually I sew two horizontal lines when working with four hole buttons…sort of like train tracks).  I’m not sure if this echoing of the motif is too subtle that it is virtually unnoticeable.  I notice it though!

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Matt really likes how the print placement worked out on the back yoke.  I’m glad I decided against placing the yoke on the bias.  I think the print was just a bit too large in scale for this cutting technique to have been effective.  I’m pretty pleased that the print matches along the collar and yoke at center back!

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With all the shirt sewing that I’ve been doing lately, Matt’s closet is beginning to look quite fresh and full!  I have been choosing his fabrics with a general theme of “blue and bright” since last winter his wardrobe had become almost exclusively dull brown and olive green.  The influx of a few bright colored items has made a huge difference!  I might do a photo shoot of his new shirt wardrobe soon – all of the prints and colors look really nice together.
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Now, the best part of this blog post – it’s time to show off your Fairfield Shirts!

Plaid Fairfield Shirt

_ym.sews_ achieved beautifully crisp cuffs and excellent print placement for her plaid Fairfield.  I love the careful use of contrast fabric for the cuff facing, collar stand and yoke facing!
Anniversary Fairfield Shirt

tiny_needles whipped up this Fairfield so quickly!  It was the first Fairfield Button-up that I saw in the wild after our pattern release.  Her boyfriend wore this very dapper shirt for their anniversary celebrations.

Fairfield Button up featuring sleeve tabs

One of our test sewers, Sarah, sewed this fresh and summery Fairfield for her husband.  I like how the sleeve tabs add such versatility to this shirt.  With the sleeves full length it looks very dressy but with the sleeves rolled up it takes on an airy and comfortable vibe that could easily work with brightly colored shorts!

Fairfield Button up with contrast yoke and pocketAfter completing her first Fairfield Button-up, Sarah immediately cut out another one – this time for her brother!  She had a lot of fun playing around with the stripes (she added a seam down center back) and she added some hidden froggy details.  Isn’t the frog peaking out of the front pocket such a great idea?!  She added a lining to the pocket to achieve this detail.

Fairfield Shirts by you

These three Fairfields have been sewn by bego_aguilera_caballero, Ana, and sewing_dutch.  The whimsical print on Begoña’s shirt is just lovely (especially with those dreamy houseplants as a backdrop). Ana sewed the band collar (available in our Alternate Collars free download) on her green linen shirt.  The band collar and linen are a match made in heaven!  Lastly, the subtle floral yoke adds such hanger appeal to Becca’s shirt.  She also sewed a striped grosgrain ribbon down the right front of her shirt which adds structure (for stronger buttons) and the perfect contrast if the top button is left undone.
Scared Stitchless Fairfield Shirt

And last, here is a great example by scaredstitchless of how much fun you can have when sewing a wearable mock-up!  Quilting cottons provide a limitless palette of bold colors and unique prints.  I’m impressed that she managed to find perfectly matched orange buttons!
Thank you, everyone, for joining me on the Fairfield Sew-along and for sharing your Fairfield photos by emailing me or by using #fairfieldbuttonup !  It’s been a thrill to see how smart your shirts look.  If anyone has wrapped up their shirt to give on Father’s Day, I look forward to hearing about the grand reveal!


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Pattern Testing Success – The Fairfield Button-up

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For as long as I can remember, my Grandpa (a.k.a. Grampie), has proudly worn the impeccably sewn button-up shirts be-decked with wild prints that my Grandma (a.k.a. Nonnie) sews for him.  A few of my favorites have included a leafy green shirt covered in tree frogs, and a warm brown number complete with giraffes and other safari animals.  The two of them have lots of fun picking out wild cotton prints and, as a result of their awesome choices, he receives compliments everywhere he goes for his memorable shirts.

Of course, when I was finishing the final touches on our upcoming Fairfield Button-up Shirt pattern, my Nonnie was the first person I decided to ask to test sew our shirt.  She is very familiar with the construction of a button-up shirt and she is also very clear, after years of sewing for my Grampie,  about what style and fit he prefers.  Also, my Nonnie makes an excellent pattern tester because she is very detailed oriented and meticulous while she sews.  She is also an experienced editor so she is likely to catch errors while reading the instruction booklet.  I sure am lucky to have such a willing and devoted pattern tester in my family!

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As you can see, the end result of her hard work is stunning!  The cotton that the two of them chose is a Kanvas Studio cotton designed by Maria Kalinowski called “Eclipse”.  It is a fairly thick cotton that presses nicely but frays quite a bit (which my Nonnie reported was a little annoying while sewing the details such as the sleeve placket).  I think the print suits my Grampie very well – it looks very dressy on him while still being unusual and fun!Fairfield Button Up Shirt Test Sewing (9 of 16)

The fit of our Fairfield is more slim than my Grampie is used to.  I tested for range of movement by having him stretch his arms out in front of him and cross them – he had full range without any pressure being placed on the fabric across the shoulder blades.  Perfect!  I think the slim fit looks very modern and proportionate on him but not to ‘trendy’ or conspicuously youthful.  He always tucks his shirt in and the Fairfield was plenty long enough to allow him to do this.  It blouses over his waistband just the right amount in my opinion.Fairfield Button Up Shirt Test Sewing (3 of 16)

My Nonnie and Grandpa agreed that they liked the narrow collar stand and collar included with the pattern.  My Grampie has a fairly short neck so the trendy narrow collar really suits his proportions.  I’ve also created some alternate collars, cuffs and pockets which we will be including as free downloads – so if you prefer a wider collar or even a band collar, you are in luck!

My Nonnie really took care with the details on this shirt.  For instance, she perfectly matched the print on the pocket – have a look at that!
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She didn’t have to worry about matching the print on the button placket because we decided to go with a ‘grown-on’ or ‘built-in’ placket that is folded over and topstitched rather than sewn to the shirt front.  This makes matching prints and plaids very easy!  It also leads to less fabric bulk caused by seam allowances.
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The back of the shirt features a proper yoke with two layers and a crisp pleat (though we are also including a version for darts at the back with no pleat).  The sleeves and side seams are sewn using flat fell seams.  My Nonnie’s sleeves are impeccably stitched!Fairfield Button Up Shirt Test Sewing (14 of 16)

Best of all, the Fairfield includes a proper one piece tower placket.  The inside and outside of the placket feature no raw edges.  This placket style is very strong and is simply a must on a classic menswear button-up shirt.  My Nonnie gave me some great feedback about my instructions for the placket sewing process and I will be modifying the folding technique at the top of the placket so that it is really easy to create an even triangle!  I’m thrilled that she pointed out an alternative folding system because I have never seen it done the way she described before yet it achieves very consistent results with little fiddling.Fairfield Button Up Shirt Test Sewing (15 of 16)

She also commented that she loves the placement of the pleat on the sleeve because it lines up exactly with the crisp line that she likes to iron down my Grandpa’s sleeves.  The end result is a very slick, formal looking sleeve.Fairfield Button Up Shirt Test Sewing (10 of 16)

I received the rest of the pattern testing feedback via email this week (it is all so thorough and incredibly helpful – thank you test sewers!!!) so I know what I will be doing this weekend. 😛  Not long now until we can set a firm launch date!  The Fairfield PDF pattern will easily be launched in time to sew Father’s Day presents and prepare for summer weddings.


 

Thank you, Nonnie, for spending so much time working on this pattern for us!  All of your feedback is very valuable.  And thank you, Grampie, for making your modelling debut on the Thread Theory blog!  You look very smart, as always.


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Are you ready? Wednesday Release Date!

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Ready to start sewing?  We will be releasing paper versions of the Finlayson Sweater, Jutland Pants and Camas Blouse on Wednesday, May 20th!  That’s only 5 days away!

To feed your creative energy in the meantime, here are a selection of your fabulous makes with these three patterns.  Some are from when we first released the PDF versions of these patterns and some are brand new.  Enjoy!

Camas Blouse

1. Swing and Sew: I love the shorter length and wine colored viscose!

2. Sewing in the Shade: A beautiful use of black as contrast with this rich print.

3. Miss Crayola Creepy: As always, I love her style!

4. Jolies Bobines: I’ve never seen such a fluid looking sequin fabric – very stunning.

5. Imagine Gnats featuring A Happy Stitch: Great tutorial!  The Camas could be made into everything from a plaid tunic over leggings to the cutest linen nightgown.

6.  Girls In the Garden: A very flattering Camas complete with a blog post detailing the fit changes.

7. I Bet You Can Make That: Love the dark blue fabric choice – very elegant and simple.

Finlayson Sweater

1.  L’ Énervée de la Machine à Coudre: Beautiful hood lining!

2. The Japanese Pattern Challenge: A stunning fabric choice and a great use for a single toggle or button (since I always seem to be left with one extra after coat projects).

3. Suzie Creates: The Renfrew from Sewaholic meets the Finlayson to create a flattering fitted ladies Finlayson Sweater!

4. Thornberry: Great choice of stripes :).

5. Or Sew It Seams: A gorgeous Finlayson featuring a lush quilted hood lining!

Jutland Pants

1, 2 and 3. Thimblenest: Hard wearing jeans for a hard working husband!

 

Inspired?  See you on Wednesday!

 


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Online Fabric Shopping

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Have you heard of Style Maker Fabrics yet?  They are a fairly new online fabric shop featuring a large selection of fabrics carefully curated by current trends, garment type, color and fabric type.  There is also a nice selection of trims in the shop (including jersey bias tape!) and a few excellent sewing tools.  The fabric enthusiast behind this new shop is Michelle who I have found to be very friendly and helpful – when I placed a recent order of fabrics for my own sewing projects she included a selection of fabric samples that would be excellent matches for some of our Thread Theory patterns!

I decided to do a post about Michelle’s shop after receiving my fabrics and finding myself pleased with the entire order (that’s a rare thing for me not to find one dud in an online purchase!).  This post isn’t sponsored in any way, I just thought you might be happy to find a new source for quality fabric (with lots of menswear options!).  And it’s always nice to justify my fabric purchases as ‘research for the blog’. 😀

I asked Michelle to send along a few ‘behind the scenes’ shots so you could get to know her shop a little:

Click on the photos to see full size versions of each – you can see her fabric storage is chock full of gorgeous Breton stripes, the Robert Kaufman line, and beautiful whimsical border prints.

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I pared my big wishlist down to four fabrics that work with the largely blue color scheme I have been using for my wardrobe update. untitled-33

My first choice was this gorgeous plaid shirting to make a spring Archer button up.  This shirting is densely woven and crisp.untitled-35

I most commonly see plaid designs that I like offered only as brushed cottons and flannels so this smooth shirting is a nice fresh way to wear a plaid like this in the spring and summer. untitled-36

My next choice is a soft rayon jersey featuring a Breton stripe.  It is a really nice thickness for a Coco or maybe a Hemlock Tee.  It has great recovery so it could even make a Nettie (I really can’t decide what to make with it, there are too many possibilities!).  Michelle includes the stripe widths on her site which I found really helpful.  The width of these stripes are: Blue – 1/2″ and White – 1/4″.  There are also a few other breton stripe choices including a cute black and white version with 3/4″ black stripes and thin white stripes.  Maybe I’ll get that next time!

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Next up I chose a really beautifully handcrafted double borderprint cotton.  The main background colour is really rich and full of depth because it is slightly mottled.  I think it’s going to make an excellent By Hand London dress!  I’m thinking it would be nice for the Kim Dress but I might still change my mind and go for the Flora.
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The last fabric I chose ended up being my favorite.  It is a double gauze cotton featuring a greyish blue background and metallic gold print.untitled-46

I’ve often read about how nice double gauze is on blogs but I hadn’t really looked at this type of fabric closely in person until now.  Before washing this fabric it was pretty crisp and the two layers were not immediately apparent.  After washing and drying, the top layer has remained crisp and quite sophisticated looking but the wrong side of the fabric is really soft and feels very slightly like light flannel.  It’s going to make the most comfortable dress! untitled-43As a nice gesture along with the fabrics I purchased, Michelle sent a whole envelope of swatches featuring some of her bottom weight fabrics.  There are a number which will perfectly suit our upcoming Lazo Trousers (I will feature these fabrics at a later point) and many of them would also be excellent matches for the Jedediah and Jutland Pants.
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Imagine the Jedediah Pants in a snazzy Glen Plaid or Shepherd’s Check?!  They would be so dapper!untitled-53

My favorite bottom weight fabric that Michelle included was a new brushed twill that she will be carrying in seven colorways perfectly suited for spring and summer.  I see lots of twills at various local fabric shops but I often find them to be too heavy for Matt’s preferences when it comes to pants that he would like to wear daily.  And it isn’t often that I come across a brushed twill.  I love brushed twill for pants because it maintains the crisp and very slightly dressy appearance that twill provides while being extremely soft, cozy and comfortable.  Brushed twill creates pants that feel as though they have already been lovingly worn in!

* Update 11/05/15: The twills have been added to the Style Maker website!  Here is a link to my favorite colorway.

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The colors available at Style Maker are quite unique – I especially like the green which I think I’ve managed to photograph fairly accurately.  The brown is really interesting too – it’s more muted than Carhartt orange but more unusual than just a regular brown pant.  I think it would be a good choice for a conservative dresser who wants something a little different than his regular black, grey, navy and dark brown color scheme.untitled-58

 

Well, thanks for listening to me wax on about fabric shopping :P.  And to reiterate – this post wasn’t sponsored by Michelle/Style Maker – I was just really pleased with the quality of the fabrics I bought and with how accurately they were portrayed on the Style Maker website.  For the first time in quite a while, I didn’t have any online fabric purchase surprises!


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More Finlaysons!

I hope you aren’t tired of looking at Finlayson Sweaters yet because I have loads more to show you today!  The weather is really cooling down here (we turned the heat on for the first time in months last night) so looking at cozy sweaters while simultaneously being bundled up in one is a great way for me to embrace the chill!

Thanks to the talented sewists who shared these photos either on line or by emailing them to me!  I hope you are enjoying your Finlaysons!Finlayson collage Marielle

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Nicole's sweater

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more Finlaysons

Ellen Sand | Anna (submitted by email)

Finlayson variations

Sewing Dutch | Sewing Dutch | A Needle For Your Thoughts | Ana (submitted by email)

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Erin (submitted by email)

What a talented bunch of sewists!  Even though the Finlayson Contest is now over, please don’t refrain from sending me photos of your Finlaysons – as you can tell from all my blog posts lately, I love nothing more than seeing what amazing garments you make with our patterns.  Happy Sewing!


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In the Wild: Featuring finished Thread Theory makes

 

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Today marks the first day of what will (I hope!) be our first regular series on the blog!  Each Tuesday morning I’ll be posting a new Thread Theory garment that I’ve seen around the internet or sewn myself throughout the previous week.  There are so many amazing menswear pieces popping up on blogs and social media sites lately.  Every time I see a new one my drive to create more menswear garments is happily refreshed.  It is most definitely time I share them with you so you can feel the same!

Jeds by Cashmerette

First up is a pair of Jeds made by Jenny of Cashmerette for her brother’s birthday.  Isn’t the subtle vintage vibe absolutely amazing?  To check out the whole photoshoot in the dreamy location of Provence, France, head on over to Jenny and Lauren’s blog, Cashmerette!


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Looking for Manly Knits?

I am sure you can all relate to how frustrating it is to look for masculine knits when planning to sew an Arrowsmith, Strathcona or Newcastle.  Sometimes I wish Matt would be just a little less picky over which style of stripe or tone of orange he likes (it’s incredibly mysterious and I fail to predict his answer every time I ask his opinion)…but, what would be the point spending loads of time and care to make him a custom garment if I started by asking him to compromise when choosing fabric?

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Way back when Thread Theory was brand new (actually not that long ago :P) I wrote a post called “Tips on Manly Knits” that included a list of online retailers that I thought sounded like promising sources for knits.

Since I am always on the lookout for great knit sources, I had better update this old blog post by letting you know about the latest source for knits that I have tested out and been thoroughly satisfied with: Girl Charlee – an online fabric store that carries only knits!

(Please note that I am not sponsored by or affiliated with Girl Charlee in any way, I am just really pleased with my fabric shopping experience!)

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I got a little carried away of late and ordered a whole pile of knits for myself and my sister to make Soma Swimsuits and Pneuma Tanks.  I neglected to add any menswear fabrics to my shopping cart in my fabric buying frenzy, but, once fabric-excited-me had a chance to calm down after my AWESOME box of knits arrived, I went back online and was able to fill a whole design wall with loads of Matt-approved fabrics.

Would you like to see some of my favorites?  Check these out!

Just click on each picture to be taken to the fabric description on the Girl Charlee website.

Let’s start with an ‘on-brand’ fabric choice – I am, after all, attracted to anything featuring the Thread Theory burnt orange! This ponte de roma would work nicely for a  Newcastle or a heavier Strathcona:

Burnt Orange Solid Ponte de Roma

 

If you are a fan of blended knits, there is no end of colour selection on the Girl Charlee website.  They feature a lovely heathered effect that makes a solid colour so much more interesting.  I find a little bit of poly in a t-shirt knit isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  In fact, it seems to make for a more weightless knit that comes out of the dryer without the wrinkles cotton t-shirts are prone to.  I’d love to see a classic Strathcona Henley with a placket in this denim coloured tri-blend knit:

Denim Blue Heather Solid Cotton Jersey Tri Blend

 

This burnout cotton jersey is a really unusual colourway and would make a really ‘designer’ style Strathcona Tee or Arrowsmith Tank.  I think it would look great as the Arrowsmith with solid grey binding and even a solid gray pocket as contrast:

Orange Gray Solid Burnout Cotton Jersey

Even though Matt always steers clear of much colour, I can generally convince him to wear shades of teal.  I think this teal blue cotton jersey featuring navy slubs would look very masculine as a short sleeved Strathcona tee and would bring out green or blue eyes very nicely (always my hidden motive when choosing menswear fabrics :P):
Teal Blue Mira Slub Solid Cotton Jersey

With those important solid basics covered, lets move on to some adventurous prints! This stunning ponte de roma print would make the PERFECT on-trend Newcastle.  I would certainly steal this one from Matt and might even be inclined to stop pretending it was for him and simply make myself an XS version 🙂 :

Navajo Arrow desert Tribal Ponte de Roma

If you’re man isn’t inclined to wear quite so many colours, this hacci sweater knit would be the perfect cozy alternative:

Navajo Indian Blanket Gray Black Hacci Sweater Knit

While we’re on the subject of sweater knits, this hacci sweater knit features my favorite colour (olive green) and would be great as a summery Newcastle because the white flecks lighten up the dark green quite a bit and, to my eyes at least, give this knit a bit of a laid back surfer/beachy vibe…can’t you just imagine your surfer-man putting on his Newcastle when the ocean breeze brings a bit of a chill at the end of a day on the beach? And, of course to complete this picture, the two of you are snuggled up watching the sunset…

Olive Green White Marble Hacci Sweater Knit

Are you inspired to start sewing some knit menswear?  I would recommend ordering fairly large quantities at a time because shipping tends to be a little pricey for smaller orders but becomes slightly less so as the package size increases (at least to Canada, I am not sure how affordable it is within the United States or worldwide).  Even with shipping, I found that I was paying about the same price or maybe just slightly more for the knit fabrics I purchased as I would have if I went to my local fabric store and bought the higher quality knits.  Of course, the selection is tiny locally and features mostly primary colors and feminine prints…so I would be willing to pay quite a bit more to buy knit fabric that is masculine and interesting and high quality!