Saturday, March 22, 2014

Strathcona Henley

It's guy-sewing time! Things I thought I'd never do for $10,000 please, Alex...

My fellow had a birthday last month, so I decided to make him a strathcona henley.  It doesn't fit exactly right, as I had to guess on the sizing/alterations.  You can't measure a guy-he'll figure out the surprise is coming!

I bought the entire parkland wardrobe package as a pdf waaaaaay back when Thread Theory had it on sale in December.  Although I will probably never make him pants (although who knows!) I wanted a good t-shirt/henley pattern since that's pretty much all he wears.  I could definitely see him in the Newcastle Cardigan as well, so for me it was well worth the $10 for all three patterns.



I had never worked with a Thread Theory pattern before, and I can say it was a good experience!  There weren't a thousand million pieces to tape together, which I was really thankful for.  I was able to whip the whole thing up in an evening, which also happened to be the evening before I moved.  This is technically my last NYC make!

The only thing that I found a little confusing were the placket instructions.  I ended up fiddling with it for about 15mins before I finally figured it out.  It's still not perfect, but now that I've done it once I think the next one will be even better.



The fit on this is decent, considering I didn't make any "real" alterations.  I made up a size small, and shortened the sleeves by 1 inch, and the hem by 3 inches.  Now that I've seen in on him, I'd say that the hem and the sleeves definitely need to be shortened a bit more, and the back of the neck could use a tiny adjustment.  Either way, he's a guy, so he doesn't notice any of this...



As for the guy who gets to wear this, he loves it.  I don't know because I've asked him, but because he wears it at least once a week.  Maybe it's just because it's on the top of the pile, but I don't think so.

He also wanted to include what he has deemed "the blogger pose:"

11 comments:

  1. Love it

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  2. Ahahaha, the blogger pose! Yes! This looks great!

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  3. Love this! Hahaha things you would never do for $10,000 ;) The blogger pose is awesome - and if you're in the market for good (and easy) guys sewing patterns, check out the Avocado Hoodie - pretty perfect for a new Chicago couple ;)

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  4. this looks great! my husband is always super grateful when i make him stuff, and shows it all off to his friends/co-workers. i'm sure your guy genuinely loves his new shirt!

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  5. I think I may need to make this for my hubbie..looks good on him .

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  6. Love it! You have a very handsome fellow. There just isn't enough guy sewing. I'm also really glad you posted this because I hadn't checked their website in awhile and they now have a boxer briefs pattern!!!! I have been looking for one for a long time now.

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  7. Bwah ha ha! Blogger pose!
    This is an epic make - check your mad selfless sewing skills out!

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  8. At the 2nd to left photo your guy looks like he's standing at the edge of the world. Crazy! How that is remotely near a city I'll never figure out. It's great that he loves it and wears it, it's the best compliment isn't it!? Thanks for the heads up on the placket, i'll be sure to brush up on that technique before attempting this pattern. (But first I have to buy it!)

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  9. Featured on SSB https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees ❀

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  10. Love it. I have bought the pattern to make something for my hubby so I will also have to be quiet about it.!

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