I find spring is the best season of inspiration for me (as it is for many, I am sure, since it is a season of renewal and fresh starts). The sun has come out here and there over the last week and there are daffodils just about to bloom under the cherry tree in our front yard! Yet…as I speak I am currently huddled up inside with a cup of coffee instead of out rowing this morning (my Mom and I are on a dragon boat team) because it is rainy and windy today! Needless to say, spring can be difficult season to dress for.
I think the Goldstream Peacoat and Newcastle Cardigan are excellent designs to manipulate into spring layering pieces so that the men wearing them are prepared for sudden rainstorms and to shed layers when the some comes out. Here is a post full of proof of this and inspiration for you!
A couple days ago, MainlyDad (who happens to be sewing the Jedediah Pants at the moment) kindly sent me a link to an excellent article with MANY photos and an excellent write-up explaining why a shawl collar cardigan is the “essential spring layering piece” – if you are planning to sew a Newcastle Cardigan, this article will have you more than sufficiently inspired! Just take a look at some of these gorgeous examples:
(Images sourced from: http://www.fashionbeans.com/2014/essential-spring-layering-piece-the-shawl-neck-cardigan/)
I really like how the cardigans have been styled as both middle layers and top layers and are displayed as both casual and dressy.
I’ve compiled some of your cardigans on our new Thread Theory Pinterest boards. Have a look to see how the sewing community styles the shawl collar sweater!
The Goldstream Peacoat can also by sewn for spring by using a lighter wool or alternative fabric choice. Have you seen these Spring-ready Goldstreams popping up around the sewing community? This denim version is a really interesting and unique spin on a peacoat:
And a light colour wool makes this a great early spring peacoat – nice and warm but not at all dark and wintery in appearance:
Here are some sources of styling inspiration for you if you are planning to sew up a Goldstream in the near future:
It is quite common to see shorter peacoats like the one above as spring attire. It would be easy to achieve this look using the Goldstream Peacoat simply by slashing and overlapping the main body, facing and lining pattern pieces along the “Lengthen and Shorten Here” line.
And here are two gorgeous bits of additional proof that a spring peacoat really doesn’t need to be made in wool:
Now lets finish off this inspiration post with the Strathcona Henley and my absolute favourite version I have seen yet! Check out Brittany’s wonderfully relaxed henley:
Brittany opens her blog post: “I love a man in a Henley. Seriously, aren’t they sexy? Am I all alone in this?” Nope, you certainly aren’t alone! I couldn’t agree more. 🙂
Are you inspired now? Do you have some more sources of inspiration for Spring menswear to add to the conversation? If so, comment with a link below!