Sunday, October 6, 2013

Menswear Outfit One: September

Here is the first of Darron's twelve outfits!  As you can see from that smile, he likes it!  I love a satisfied customer.  September's outfit is brought to you by Thread Theory.  I bought the Parkland Wardrobe Builder Package, because building a wardrobe is what we're doing here.  Plus these are by far the best menswear patterns I've found.  The patterns are so adaptable, the style and fit suits Darron perfectly, and the patterns themselves are fantastic.

The first garment is a Strathcona Henley in navy jersey.  This fabric is fairly firm, with minimal stretch.  I'm going to use the henley neckline on a tee for me, the pattern for it is so easy to use.  The best part of this one?  The sleeves.  With the cuffs, these sleeves are the perfect length for Darron!  No modifications necessary!  We have plans for some more henleys with various sleeve lengths, pockets and features in a couple of different fabrics too.  The plain tee version will be very hand as well.

Above you can see the waistband hem on the top.  I love the way it looks.  It takes it above plain tee to  be a nice smart top.  

Check out those top stitched back pockets and flat felled seams!  The Jedediah pants pattern is amazing!  I am so pleased with the result.  The pattern itself is excellent, the instructions are clear and helpful and the sew along on the Thread Theory blog was super!  The flat felled seams, bound seams, zip fly and waistband attachment, all clearly stepped through with pictures and even video instructions.  I will be using their trouser construction method for all future casual pants.

The next pair of Jeds I make for him will probably go down a size as the size I cut is borderline between fitting perfectly and being a smidge on the large side.  The next pair we'll go down a size and see how we go with a slimmer fit.

All up, as a smart casual outfit, this is exactly right for Darron.  A bit of colour with versatile garments.  Darron is now on the hunt for the perfect shoes to go with this style of pants.  Desert boots, boat shoes, oxfords, tennis shoes, leather, canvas, the options go on and on!


  1. Looks great! Well done, The modeling is also quite professional

  2. Very impressive! You've done am outstanding job!

  3. Gobsmacked! This outfit is fantastic! Have just entered a comp over on hand makers factory blog to win the jed pant pattern...
    Fingers crossed!

  4. I'm in awe. you're amazing!

    A great outfit for what us obviously a. very happy client.
    DB's would look great, for the shoe option, I think

  5. Thank you so much! DBs are his first choice too, he has his eye on some at the outlets already!

  6. Oooh both of them are amazing! Thats it - I'm sewing my fella some jeds!