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New Pattern: Meet the Fairfield Button-up Shirt

Introducing Fairfield Button-up

I’m really excited to share with you our brand new menswear pattern!

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The Fairfield Button-up Shirt is a classic menswear staple with a modern fit and a great selection of design details.  We haven’t cut any corners here – your finished project will be just as finely sewn as any shirt you find in a menswear shop!

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The Design:

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The Fairfield features a modern narrow collar complete with a collar stand.  This collar style is a great neutral design that looks neither excessively trendy or dated.

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The shirt includes a built-on button placket at center front.  Built-on plackets make for less bulky seam allowances to trim and for easier pattern matching when sewing with plaids and prints.

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We’ve included a nicely shaped pocket design to add to the left chest.

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To fit the back of the shirt you can choose between a small pleat for a little bit of wearing ease…

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…or you can sew the shaped darts to create a smart form-fitting shirt

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Both variations include a yoke and yoke facing so that all shoulder seams are enclosed.

The sleeves are moderately slim and feature a proper tower placket – something that is very hard to find on most shirt patterns and that I feel is an essential element of a menswear button-up!

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The sleeves also include the option for interior tabs that can be used to keep the rolled sleeves in place at the elbow.

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The cuffs feature a very slightly rounded corners for added interest.

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The shirt hem is curved just enough to allow the shirt to be worn both tucked in or untucked depending on the fabric choice (dressy or very casual).

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The Sizing:

Now that we’ve addressed all the design features, let’s talk about who this pattern we’ll fit!

We’ve expanded our size range to extend to 4XL.  You can see the complete size chart as the last product image on our website.

Our pattern includes two separate pattern files: One drafted for average figures and one for larger figures.  The size ranges overlap so that you can choose which proportions you would like to work with based on the wearer’s body measurements and the measurements of their favorite shirt.

The pattern drafted for larger figures accommodates a rounded stomach and/or wide waist measurement.

I’ve included a new detailed page within our instruction booklet that I will likely add to all of our patterns from now on – it explains which the most important measurements are and how to take them.

The Extras:

We have all sorts of extras lined up for this pattern!

First of all, we’ve created a new Quick Reference Guide to accompany the instruction booklet.  This is a one page set of brief instructions that you can have by your sewing machine once the Fairfield has become your tried and true button-up.  You won’t need the long booklet and illustrations any more; all that you’ll need are subtle reminders of the sewing process and seam allowances.  The Quick Reference Guide will provide those at a glance!

Secondly, we have free Add-on pattern pieces!  When I asked you which design features you wanted to add to your button-up shirt projects you enthusiastically responded with MANY ideas.  It was wonderful to have such a rich and varied checklist to work with while designing this pattern!

I didn’t want to add the huge array of design features to the base pattern because this would create an overwhelmingly large and complicated pattern and set of instructions.  Instead, I’ve created the base Fairfield pattern and have also created a great selection of free “Add Ons” that we will be rolling out over the coming weeks.

Stay tuned for:

  • Some very trendy collar styles
  • A variety of cuff shapes
  • A few pocket choices
  • Short sleeves

These “Add Ons” will be added to our shop as free products (just like our Arrowsmith Undershirt pattern).  When you download them you receive the PDF pattern file and the instructions for these specific pattern pieces.

The Sew-Along:

We will be hosting a Fairfield Button-up Sew-along beginning May 16th!  If you follow along with the sew-along schedule you will have plenty of time to finish a button-up shirt as a gift for your dad this Father’s Day!  I will post more details about the sew-along schedule in a few days so that you can begin to prepare.  I’m looking forward to sewing with you again!

What about the Tissue Pattern?

As with most of our pattern releases, the Fairfield is only available as a PDF pattern right now.  We like to save up the proceeds from the PDF sales to pay for the printing costs of the tissue pattern.

As always, if you really want to start sewing the Fairfield but prefer to own a tissue pattern, you can purchase the PDF pattern for now and then have the full cost of the PDF refunded at the time of the Tissue Pattern launch.  To receive the refund, wait until Tissue Pattern launch day and email us with your PDF pattern attached or your PDF pattern order number.  In exchange we will send you a discount code to use towards your Tissue Pattern purchase.

Also in the Shop:

I’ve compiled all of my favorite shirt making tools, notions and fabrics and added them to our shop!

We have everything from delicious Hemp & Organic Cotton Shirting to a sewing gauge designed to make spacing button holes a snap.  Here’s a peek at what’s in store.  I will post about these items in more detail in a separate post so that you can get acquainted with them!

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Time to start sewing button-ups!  Head to our shop to check out the pattern and all of the shirtmaking supplies >

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Pattern Release on Monday!

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Big news:  The Fairfield Button-up Shirt PDF pattern will be released to the world this Monday, May 2nd!

Along with this new pattern there will be a comprehensive selection of shirt making tools, fabrics and notions added to our shop.  All of the resources necessary for your shirt making endeavors will be at your fingertips!

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The Fairfield Button-Up PDF will be 20% off for newsletter subscribers next week!  In case you are curious, the newsletter subscription isn’t the same thing as subscribing to our blog.  We only send out the occasional newsletter to let you know about new patterns, products or sale prices. Subscribe now to make sure the discount arrives in your inbox on launch day!


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New Pattern! Meet the Comox Trunks.

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The first pattern of our Alpine Collection is available today!  Head on over to our shop to order your Comox Trunks or our Comox Trunks Supplies kit. The tissue pattern is also available at many of our stockists (check to see if there is a retailer near you!).

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These trunks are a quick project that will help you learn a number of techniques for sewing knits.  After a couple hours of sewing (either at your domestic machine or your serger – instructions include options for both) you will have a very comfortable pair of form fitting trunks with all of the design features found in high-end boxer brands – no center back seam, short legs, a strong double layered in-seam gusset and a right exit fly (the front ‘cup’ area that allows for bathroom breaks without pulling your pants down!).

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The elastic waistband is quick and easy to sew onto the trunks and creates none of the extra bulk that fabric-covered elastic waistbands add beneath slim-fit pants (such as the Jedediah Pants).

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If you are new to sewing knits and are a little nervous about choosing the right fabrics or elastic for your Comox Trunk project, you have the option of buying the Comox Trunks Supplies Kit.  You can purchase it with the pattern or, if you have bought the pattern through one of our stockists or simply want to make second pair of trunks, you can also buy it on its own.

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The kit includes the same fabric and elastic that we used for our samples.  Our models commented that the trunks were especially soft and weightless – they said they felt like they hardly had anything on (I think they had a point lol).  The fabric is a thin bamboo/cotton stretch jersey in your choice of charcoal grey or burgundy.  The elastic is a black, pre-shrunk knitted elastic that is firm and strong but not itchy.

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Kit - red fabric - resizedWell, we hope you like our new pattern as much as we do!  It seems to me that many men HATE buying new underwear and tend to wear their most comfortable ones until they are rags.  There really isn’t an excuse for that any more, is there?  Now they can replace that perfect pair with another by sewing their own (or, if you are the significant other, you can do the honours and reap the rewards of a much more pleasant view when he’s dressing in the morning!).


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Another new pattern launches on Monday!

This week has been a whirlwind of Thread Theory excitement and activity after the Goldstream Peacoat tissue pattern launch and things won’t be slowing down soon (which is a good thing!).  This coming Monday, March 17th, we will be launching the first pattern designed to be part of our Alpine Collection.

 

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The Alpine Collection will be released throughout the coming year, one pattern at a time.  It will include patterns designed to create hard wearing garments suited to outdoor adventure.  We’re starting from the base layer up as you may have noticed in the sneak peek photo that we showed you a few weeks ago!:

 

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The newest pattern will be available as a PDF and tissue sewing pattern in using the same style of packaging that you loved from our Parkland Collection.  It will also be available as a complete kit which you will have an option to purchase either with or without the sewing pattern.

 

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As you can see from the photo above, the pattern itself will be available in a large range of sizes – size 24 to 36 are regular sizes and size 39 to 45 are graded with plus size proportions.  You can also see that the pattern will be only a ‘two needle’ difficulty level.  We hope that newer sewers will be encouraged to advance their skills by carefully following the thorough instructions (they even walk you through setting up your machine for the fabric required).

We are currently in the midst of creating a sew-along for this new pattern, so get your pattern and fabric as soon as it is available so that you can join us for a chance to win an awesome prize package (more on this next week!).

We’re looking forward to Monday, I hope you do too!


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Today’s the day: The Goldstream Peacoat tissue pattern is available now!

Today marks the completion of Thread Theory’s very first collection (The Parkland Collection).  Head on over to our shop or to one of our great stockists to buy the Goldstream Peacoat Tissue pattern and begin your next sewing project.

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It’s just in time for the Australian winter and for those of us in the northern hemisphere, you can either sew up a light spring version (maybe as a wearable mock-up for next winter) or give yourself lots of time to create next year’s perfect coat.

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Happy sewing!  We can’t wait to see your versions (check out the Goldstream Pinterest board to check out the one’s we’ve come across already).