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The perks of being married to a sewing instructor.

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Back in April, my sewing friend, Nicole (proprietress of The Spool Sewing Studio) was on a sewing spree which included some fresh Strathcona Tees for her husband, Scott.  Scott graciously agreed to model my favorite of the selection so that I could have a small backlog of garments to show you for a busy week just like this one (we are renovating and moving the Thread Theory studio into our new home).

So, without further ado, here is Scott’s charcoal Strathcona T-shirt:

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The neckline is finished with a self fabric band and the hems are finished with a twin needle.  The sleeves have been shortened very slightly to suit Scott’s preferred length and the hem has been left at full length to suit his long torso.  He loves the length of the Strath since he often struggles with the fit of boxy, short store bought tees.

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Nicole, always an enthusiastic ‘pusher’ of the Thread Theory brand, stitched our garment tag to the hem so that she (and Scott) can continue to spread the word about sewing menswear.  Isn’t it great to have friends who operate voluntarily as a marketing team?!  Thanks Scott and Nicole!

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By the way, the Strathcona Henley pattern is currently sold out in its paper format!  It is still available as a PDF though.  Matt and I are working on getting some quotes to reprint it.  We hope it will be available in the shop once more by the end of the summer (if the quotes are affordable!).


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Meet our Summer fabric collection!!!

Hemp and Cotton Shirting

Earlier this week I sent out a newsletter to introduce our mini summer collection of sustainable fabrics.  If you didn’t receive the newsletter, make sure to sign up here.  It is the best way to hear about new items in our shop the moment they are launched.

Men's shirt fabric

This Summer collection of fabric is comprised of breezy hemp and organic cotton yarn dyed fabrics that are ideal for casual summer button-up shirts (or dresses and skirts).  Many of you requested solid versions of the shirting that we launched alongside our Fairfield Button-up pattern.  Thank you for sending in your requests!  You now have four colors of solid fabric and two fabric weights to choose from.

They are going quickly already – the natural stripe and denim shirtings are just about sold out!

Summer Fabric Collection - menswear

We only ordered one roll of each fabric so they will be available for quite a limited time.  Once they sell out this season my studio shelves will be cleared for a mini Fall collection.  Any special requests for the Fall collection?  What menswear fabrics do you want to see in our shop?

 

 


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Heads-up: Shipping Woes

Canada Post

(TBT that awesome day in 2014 when we first launched our paper patterns!  We couldn’t have done it without the affordable shipping that Canada Post provides.)

In case you haven’t heard (very likely since most of you aren’t from Canada), our shipping provider, Canada Post, may not be operating for a while.  Without delving into too many of the political details, the essential info is that a lockout/strike has been threatened for this coming Monday.  This means that there may temporarily be no affordable option for us to ship your parcels from Vancouver Island (one of the more “affordable” options is $80 CAD to ship a single pattern to the UK…eeek!).

Before you, or, more accurately, Matt and I, panic, let’s be realistic:

  • A strike or lockout is not yet confirmed and may not happen at all (it has been threatened many times over the last couple of weeks and then subsequently delayed so that negotiations could continue).
  • You can still access all of our patterns as PDF instant downloads so your sewing projects won’t be delayed!
  • If a strike does occur Monday or later in the month, it will hopefully be quite brief.  This means you can either wait to order your sewing supplies until after the strike or you can place your order when you are ready and I will ship it as soon as the strike is over.

Anyways, I wanted to provide this information for you so that it would not be a complete shock if the strike actually occurs and I post a banner and pop up in our store announcing the inability to ship.  Now you have the back story!

If I don’t make any announcements Monday, please assume that shipping is operating as per normal!  Also, if Canada Post is still operational Monday I will be launching a set of summer items that I have been eagerly waiting to add to the shop.  Monday is as long as I can wait since I really want you to be able to use them in your summer sewing plans!

Thanks for your understanding!  Have a great weekend.


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Free pattern download: Short Sleeve Shirt

It’s the beginning of a hot summer’s day here.  It is most definitely short sleeve weather at last and we are ready for it!  I’ve added a free pattern download to accompany the Fairfield Button-up so that you can sew it as a short sleeve shirt.

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I designed the short sleeve to be 4″ long at the seam.  In my opinion, this length is the happy medium between trendy super short styles that expose the bicep and the more traditional short sleeve that extends almost to the elbow.  Our short sleeve will create a look similar to this inspiration from Canadian retailer Frank & Oak:

Short sleeve shirt sewing pattern for men

I added a deep 1″ hem which is shaped along the seam to accommodate the taper of the sleeve.

The construction of this short sleeve is very simple (the exact same as the long sleeve but without the added details of a sleeve placket or cuff!) so I wrote construction notes directly on the pattern piece.  There is no instruction booklet to print with this download so it is a small file with only four pieces of paper needed.

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The short sleeve pattern piece is available for the “Average Figures” sizes – XS-XXL right now but I will be drafting a short sleeve to pair with the “Larger Figures” pattern soon.  We are away for a few days of camping and wedding festivities (Matt’s brother is getting married!) and then we are moving in to our new house when we get back.  I will get to work on the Larger Figures short sleeve pattern as soon as we recover from all of that.  In the meantime, I thought many of you would want to get started on the XS-XXL short sleeve as soon as it was ready for you:

Download your free short sleeve pattern and wear your short sleeve Fairfield Button-up out in the summer sun!


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A smattering of inspiration…

As we near 5000 followers on Instagram (wow!) I have been noticing a plethora of your inspiring makes popping up on various hashtags.  Let me share some with you!

But first, if you use Instagram but don’t follow my posts, you might like to: You can find us at ThreadTheoryDesigns (we used to be Thread_Theory but I recently spruced up our profile with a new name consistent with our Facebook username).

And here is where you can find some wonderful Thread Theory and DIY menswear inspiration:

If you are unable to view the photos below, it is likely you are viewing the post in your email program.  Click through to the blog to view the full post!

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Mother's Day gift just delivered to the door #threadtheory

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Someone has a very patient wife. That was not on first try I can assure you 🙈😁😂 #jedediahpants #threadtheory

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He loves it! #threadtheorydesigns #finlaysonsweater #makemenswear #emmaonesock

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Look i made something. Some dude sewing for my brother #strathconahenley #makemenswear

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These turned out just as I'd hoped! #threadtheory #makemenswear #noyoucantseethemon

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#camasblouse

 

Are you daydreaming about fabric choices for one of our patterns?  Try searching for the #[insert name of the pattern here] in Instagram or on Facebook.  Or check out our Pinterest boards!


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Happy Father’s Day!

There are only 2 hours left for you to receive 50% off of all our PDF patterns!

I hope your Father’s Day has been filled with loving Father/Daughter or Father/Son bonding time.

Father's Day Gift Sewing

Matt and his Dad sported matching Fairfield Button-ups today – Matt wore the plaid flannel one (his favorite) and Rick wore a gorgeous white linen Fairfield that Matt’s mom just finished sewing!  Rick will be wearing it to Matt’s brother’s wedding this July.  She sewed a band collar and added buttons to the sleeve plackets.  It’s the perfect cross between dressed-up and summer casual (to suit the tone of the wedding).    He’s holding the plane Matt gave him today (cute!).

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Happy Father’s Day!


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Fairfield Parade for Father’s Day

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Comox Trunks sewn by Maike of Sew and Illustrate

Father’s Day is this Sunday!  Have you finished your hand-sewn gifts?  Don’t worry, you still have time!  If you are looking for a quick little project that you can start tonight and finish easily for Sunday, you might like to sew up a pair of Comox Trunks.  They take me 2 hours to sew from laying out my fabric to hemming and they take even less time if I am sewing multiple pairs in a production line format.

The Comox Trunks PDF pattern is only $4.75 CAD ($3.68 US) during our 50% off Father’s Day Sale!

Father's Day Sale 2016

 


Stonemountain Fairfield Shirt

Father’s Day sewing plans aside, today I want to show you an inspiring selection of Fairfield Button-up Shirts sewn by you as well as the finished Ikat Fairfield that I sewed during our sew-along.

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Matt really loves this print (an Ikat from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabric) and I think the indigo blue looks lovely with his brownish/blue eyes.

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I’m really happy with the casual look that the contrast Tagua Nut buttons gave to the shirt.  The amber color looks very summery against the blue – like the sun against a blue sky!

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I decided to sew the buttons on by forming a cross with my shirt to echo the print of the fabric (usually I sew two horizontal lines when working with four hole buttons…sort of like train tracks).  I’m not sure if this echoing of the motif is too subtle that it is virtually unnoticeable.  I notice it though!

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Matt really likes how the print placement worked out on the back yoke.  I’m glad I decided against placing the yoke on the bias.  I think the print was just a bit too large in scale for this cutting technique to have been effective.  I’m pretty pleased that the print matches along the collar and yoke at center back!

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With all the shirt sewing that I’ve been doing lately, Matt’s closet is beginning to look quite fresh and full!  I have been choosing his fabrics with a general theme of “blue and bright” since last winter his wardrobe had become almost exclusively dull brown and olive green.  The influx of a few bright colored items has made a huge difference!  I might do a photo shoot of his new shirt wardrobe soon – all of the prints and colors look really nice together.
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Now, the best part of this blog post – it’s time to show off your Fairfield Shirts!

Plaid Fairfield Shirt

_ym.sews_ achieved beautifully crisp cuffs and excellent print placement for her plaid Fairfield.  I love the careful use of contrast fabric for the cuff facing, collar stand and yoke facing!
Anniversary Fairfield Shirt

tiny_needles whipped up this Fairfield so quickly!  It was the first Fairfield Button-up that I saw in the wild after our pattern release.  Her boyfriend wore this very dapper shirt for their anniversary celebrations.

Fairfield Button up featuring sleeve tabs

One of our test sewers, Sarah, sewed this fresh and summery Fairfield for her husband.  I like how the sleeve tabs add such versatility to this shirt.  With the sleeves full length it looks very dressy but with the sleeves rolled up it takes on an airy and comfortable vibe that could easily work with brightly colored shorts!

Fairfield Button up with contrast yoke and pocketAfter completing her first Fairfield Button-up, Sarah immediately cut out another one – this time for her brother!  She had a lot of fun playing around with the stripes (she added a seam down center back) and she added some hidden froggy details.  Isn’t the frog peaking out of the front pocket such a great idea?!  She added a lining to the pocket to achieve this detail.

Fairfield Shirts by you

These three Fairfields have been sewn by bego_aguilera_caballero, Ana, and sewing_dutch.  The whimsical print on Begoña’s shirt is just lovely (especially with those dreamy houseplants as a backdrop). Ana sewed the band collar (available in our Alternate Collars free download) on her green linen shirt.  The band collar and linen are a match made in heaven!  Lastly, the subtle floral yoke adds such hanger appeal to Becca’s shirt.  She also sewed a striped grosgrain ribbon down the right front of her shirt which adds structure (for stronger buttons) and the perfect contrast if the top button is left undone.
Scared Stitchless Fairfield Shirt

And last, here is a great example by scaredstitchless of how much fun you can have when sewing a wearable mock-up!  Quilting cottons provide a limitless palette of bold colors and unique prints.  I’m impressed that she managed to find perfectly matched orange buttons!
Thank you, everyone, for joining me on the Fairfield Sew-along and for sharing your Fairfield photos by emailing me or by using #fairfieldbuttonup !  It’s been a thrill to see how smart your shirts look.  If anyone has wrapped up their shirt to give on Father’s Day, I look forward to hearing about the grand reveal!

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