Monday, June 16, 2014

Double Cloth Chambray


Last February my husband tagged along with me during the Austin Fabric Shop Hop and picked out a couple fabrics for shirts. I made him one out of the sage-colored chambray he chose in March, and now I've finally gotten around to making this one, out of Robert Kaufman double cloth. I bought my fabric from Form & Fabric, but it seems they no longer carry it. It's also available at fabric.com in a variety of colorways, though I always recommend trying to find it locally first.

The fabric itself is really interesting - the front side and back side are actually two different fabrics that are lightly connected together. It's very soft and has an open weave so it's not too heavy for summer. However, the open weave also means it frays like crazy, so you'll definitely want to serge the seam allowances. Even so, I ended up with tons of little threads all over the floor.




I used my tried and true BurdaStyle pattern from their Sewing Vintage Modern book. The only alterations I made were slimming down the collar and drafting my own pocket. I also used the "wrong" side of the fabric on the inner collar stand and right button placket. And I folded down the top of the pocket for a bit of a pop. We experimented with rolling up the sleeves to show the checkered side, but it ended up looking a bit too, er... flamboyant. Subtle is best, I think.





 I know menswear doesn't get a lot of love in the sewing blogger community, but I really enjoy how all of the details and finishing touches become important when you're dealing with such a prescribed silhouette.

Of course I'm also lucky in that my husband is interested in all these little details too, and appreciates the time and effort that goes into making a garment. I can definitely understand not wanting to sew for someone (husband, father, brother, whoever) if they don't really care about clothing. After all, you know for certain that you'll appreciate the things you make for yourself!

So have you sewn any menswear lately? I'd love to see it. Feel free to leave me a link to your project in the comments!

<3 Lindsay


9 comments:

  1. This is really lovely - a great fabric choice! I recently made my guy a shirt too http://nx44.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/shirts-for-everyone/ but sewed the buttons on the wrong side. Luckily for me he is not as interested in the details as your husband!

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    1. Your shirt looks great! And I'm sure no one except you will notice the buttons ;)

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  2. That is great fabric and a great shirt. I love sewing for my husband - he is very appreciative and wears everything constantly. The last thing I made for him was a pair of shorts (the third pair) http://notionallybetter.blogspot.com/2014/06/time-flies-and-all-that.html

    I have also made him one shirt and need to make him more.
    http://notionallybetter.blogspot.com/2014/02/my-first-mans-shirt.html

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    1. All of your menswear looks fantastic! I've only sewn pants for my husband once and they didn't turn out too well, so I definitely need to try again!

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  3. The fabric is lovely :) I just finished a pair of golf shorts for my boyfriend, the first garment I have ever made him. I'm lucky too that he appreciates all the details and has an opinion on colors and stitching. I haven't blogged about the shorts yet, but I will be entering them in the Sporty Summer Sewathon hosted by 'Did you make that'. I'm so excited, it's the first time I'm taking part in a blog event! :)

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    1. Oh, I can't wait to see your entry! Men's shorts are definitely on my sewing list!

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  4. Love the subtle details! Perfect way to make the most of such an interesting fabric :)

    Apart from knitted fingerless gloves, I haven't made clothing for my boyfriend in years. He's super appreciative when I mend his clothes, but his taste is almost entirely limited to grey, blue and black (no interesting details allowed), so it's hard to get inspired :P I'm thinking of making a pair of Thread Theory shorts when the weather warms up though!

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    1. Thanks Zoe! I've been wanting to try out the Thread Theory shorts too. I've never made him shorts before and he definitely needs some new ones. Plus it's plenty hot here, so no excuses!

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  5. I've made my husband a few things now (http://www.tworandomwordsblog.com/tag/menswear/) including two Colette Negroni's, and basically everything from Thread Theory (because I love them, although I haven't tacklet the pea coat yet). I love that I always pay more attention to the small details when sewing for him!

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