I decided that I wanted to jump in on the top 5 list started by Crafting a Rainbow
. I think that I will keep it simple and just list my top 5 hits that I made this year.
#5 Hit – Gaptastic Cowl
I am a real beginner when it comes to knitting. At the very beginning of the year I made this cowl, but soon found that I felt silly wearing such a large scarf on top of my huge belly. But then I brought it back out this winter and have barely taken it off. I get compliments on it every time and I wear it and it’s perfectly practical, warm and fun.
#4 Hit – Yellow Floral Wrap Dress
When my brother set his wedding date just two months after the birth of my baby I had a small freakout session. Thanks to spanks and this dress I felt pretty confident at the wedding. I honestly havn’t worn this dress again, and don’t really know when I will, but this was an important event with lots of photos being taken so I call the dress a big win for helping me get through the day.
#3 Hit – Negroni Buttonup Men’s Shirt
I made this shirt as part of SewMamaSew’s Super Online Sewing Match and I really feel like I exceded my normal amount of attention to detail and precision while doing it. The insides really are just as nice as the outside and it makes me smile everytime he wears it.
#2 Hit – It’s a Cinch Purse
Another Sewing Match make this purse has become my everyday bag. I love the combination of stripes and leather and it really just suits my style perfectly. I hadn’t sewn a lot of bags before this or tried out a lot of leather sewing so it felt like a big accomplishment when I finished it.
#1 Hit – Baby Boy
I know this is cheesy, but hey I totally made him. Seriously though, it’s been a busy year mostly because of this little guy and I havn’t had as much time to create things as I would like. He’s so worth it though.
I hope that everyone is having a joyous holiday season. I know that it has been a wonderful time for my family to be together, relax, and contemplate on the many blessings that we have. Wishing you and yours the same.
In case you havn’t heard yet, I won the Super Online Sewing Match! Can you believe it? A big thank you to Kristen and Beth of SewMamaSew who put on this competition. I can only imagine all of the work that went into orchestrating it all. They really are the best. Now I just have to wait for my prize to arrive – The Janome Horizon MC8900 sewing machine. What an amazing prize!
It was so fun to participate and I learned a lot about myself and sewing in the process. I hope that they will put on the competition again next year so that I can enjoy it as a bystander.
I’ve noticed a small trend popping up lately that there are more sewing options for men available. I have only sewed a couple of garments for my husband – both were McCalls 6044 (blogged here and here). I found it extremely satisfying to make both of these shirts. Perhaps it’s the fact that he has less curves to deal with than me, but fitting the muslin was much easier than fitting a garment for myself. I also think that it helps that he is much less self-conscious of his body than I am and that men’s fashion trends move much slower and so he seems more easily pleased than I generally might be. In fact, he still wears both of these shirts all of the time (which brings a smile to my face every time).
I’ve wanted to make more things for him, but honestly havn’t found any other patterns that seemed worth my time. Recently, though, I have seen a few patterns on the internet that have perked my interest in sewing for him again.
Here are a few on my list.
Thread Theory Newcastle Cardigan – Thread Theory is a new pattern company that only creates patterns for men. So far they have only released this one, but I am pretty excited to see what else they come up with. Their designs seem to be pretty on trend.
Green Pepper Bicycling Jersey – I first saw this when Carolyn of Fake It While You Make It made one for her husband. My husband is a big road biker and I think he would be thrilled with a custom jersey.
The Avocado Hoodie by Disparate Dispatches – This is a new indie pattern company that seems to focus on practical, everyday wear. The best detail about this hoodie is that it has an extra pocket on the lower back so that your partner can have a warm hand while having their arm around you. I could totally see myself making his and hers versions for an anniversary or valentines day.
So what do you think?
Do you often sew men’s patterns?
Would you give any of these a try?
Do you know of some awesome men’s patterns that I have missed?