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:”