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Pattern Tour: A short video

A little peek inside our sewing patterns so that you can examine our practical chipboard envelopes (that will fit bulky traced patterns without tearing), our beautiful garment tags, and our thorough instruction booklets.

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Fabric Sale!

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Despite the knee high snow and driving icy rain outside, I know Spring will be on its way soon!  It’s time to clear the studio shelves a little so that I have room to order our Spring Fabric Collection!  Our entire selection of fabric is currently 15% off – so if you have been tempted to order some Dintex rain jacket fabric or some beautiful merino wool, now is your final opportunity!

Use the discount code WINTERFABRIC upon checkout to receive 15% off any fabric in your shopping cart.  The sale is for this weekend only!

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Once most of these fabrics are sold out we won’t be restocking them any time soon since I will be choosing a new selection of fabrics that work well with our sewing patterns each season.  We are already sold out of many of the Dintex colors…but there are still some great options available!

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It isn’t only the Fall and Winter fabrics that are on sale…all of our fabric is!  The very high quality Canadian-made knit fabrics that I have stocked since the launch of our menswear supply shop in Nov. 2015 are also 15% off right now!

I just sewed Matt a new Finlayson Sweater using the black sweatshirt fleece.  As long as Matt stays well away from our white-haired pup, Luki, I think he looks really smart in this pure black fleece!  It’s the warmest sweater in our closet so I’ve been wearing it quite a bit lately too.

It makes me happy and reassured to think that no aspect of this sweater was created outside of Canada.  The people who manufactured this fabric work in excellent conditions with fair pay.  And the person who manufactured the sweater (me!) certainly works in great conditions and received a Matt-made hall table in trade for this garment…I’d say that’s pretty fair pay too.

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It’s very difficult to convey how luxurious these Canadian-made fleece, interlock and ribbing fabrics are using photos since they are all solid colors that may just look like any other knit when photographed.  As soon as you feel the density of the interlock or the incredibly plush wrong side of the sweatshirt fleece, you will know what I mean!  I have been told by a number of sewists who have ordered these knits from us that they are reminiscent of the thickness and quality of pure cotton knits in the 1970s.  A t-shirt made in the interlock or a sweatshirt made in the fleece will last for MANY years of heavy wear.

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I hope this fabric sale has come at a good time for you!  Maybe you can squeeze in a couple more cozy winter projects before the weather warms?

Peruse our fabric selection >

Don’t forget to use the 15% off discount code!  It’s WINTERFABRIC.


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12 Menswear Sewing Projects + 2 Blouses

You guys are such an inspiration!  Each day I begin the work day by checking out what you’ve been making and sharing on Instagram, via email (info@threadtheory.ca) or on Facebook.  Be it the fabric choice, the creative hacks, or the skilled stitching, your projects always allow me to see our old designs from a new perspective.

I’ve created a gallery for each pattern that you guys have been sewing of late.  Above you can see a couple ofexcellent Fairfield Button-ups (along with some VERY elegant Jedediah trousers!).  The aqua colored Fairfield and black Jeds are part of matching father and son outfits in honor of father’s day.  They were sewn by Belgian seamstress and milliner, Jo Chapeau.  The chambray Fairfield Button-up was sewn by Georgia for her partner James.  The fabric is a Robert Kauffman chambray (have you ever seen and felt these in person?  I love the depth and texture of the fabric.  It is so luxurious feeling while giving the overall appearance of a casual fabric choice.)

These two Strathcona Henleys could not look more different but they were sewn by the same person!  Esther sewed one men’s version featuring the Henley placket and long sleeves and then modified the pattern to create a women’s version which she has dubbed the Mariner’s Tee.  It looks as though there is orange striped piping around the neckline.  I love the attention to detail and the way she played with the stripes.

The Jedediah Pants and Jutland Pants are excellent skill building projects.  I never fail to feel pride and amazement each time I complete a trouser fly.  I think these talented sewists felt the same (judging by their Facebook messages, Instagram comments and emails!).  From top to bottom, left to right: 1.Jedediah Pants by Lindsay (@designbylindsay) 2. Jutland Shorts by Ben 3. Jedediah Shorts by The Drapery 4. Jutland Shorts by Isis.

The Finlayson Sweater, on the other hand, is a very quick make and is forgiving of all manner of stitching and fitting imperfections.  There is very little topstitching and the fit is boxy enough that you don’t have to worry about tweaking it much for a variety of body shapes.  Even though it is a simple design, it can still be made special by making an unusual fabric choice.  I love the color blocked sleeves and collar in the top photo (sewn by @lafamillecreative).  The French Terry used by Khadetjes for the Finlayson in the lower photos looks extremely cozy.  You can see some close up photos of the texture on her blog – it looks perfect for a chilly day like today!

Photos of Comox Trunks are some of my favorite to stumble upon because I get such a kick out of the wild prints many people select!  You would be hard pressed to find such colorful and cheery underwear in the shops!  The top pair has been sewn by @theunknownstar and the bottom pair (along with the matching thong) have been sewn by @superlousew.  I may have shared this couple’s set of undies on Instagram or the blog before but I can’t find evidence and I can’t resist spreading the concept of matching undies throughout the sewing world!

This Camas Blouse caught my eye the other day – it was sewn using a woven fabric with a beautiful cotton lace yoke.  I like how the lace yoke shows peeks of the main fabric through the gaps.  This lovely blouse was sewn by @lamuseauplacard.

Lastly, let’s not forget the Goldstream Peacoat!  Near the end of each summer progress shots of Goldstream Peacoats never fail to pop up on my Instagram feed.  These images, by @timetosew caught my eye due to the very precise basting and padstitching she has completed.  I have had the pieces cut out for a Pendleton Wool Goldstream for over a year now.  Since I have made so many Goldstream Peacoats over the last few years, I thought I would veer from the sewing process which I detail within the instruction booklet.  This process features very easy yet effective methods that are approachable even if it is your first coat project.  This time I’m going to use some of the tailoring tips from our Tailored Peacoat Series!  Obviously, I am a tad intimidated (this is why the project has sat for over a year in my WIP bag) but I am thankful for the inspiration from sewists like @timetosew who just buckle down and get stitching!  It’s time for me to do the same so Matt can finally replace his old ratty Goldstream that I made him years ago as an early sample from very cheap faux wool.

If you have a Thread Theory project on you sewing table, I would love to hear about it!  Send your questions, your ideas, your photos, and your stories to info@threadtheory.ca, message me on Facebook, or use #threadtheorydesigns.


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DIY Manly Gift Guide – Father’s Day Edition

2015 is a special year because Father’s Day, the first day of summer and my birthday all land on the same day – so many reasons to celebrate!  I’ve been brainstorming homemade gifts for my dad this year and have come up with a few intriguing ideas featuring various supplies from our shop.  If you would like to explore more ideas, I made a post for Christmas 2013 with all sorts of neat DIY gift ideas for men – be sure to check this out too!

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My dad, our best model, in his Jutland Pants

Here is my collection of ideas sorted into categories based on the supplies they use from our store:

Using Otterwax and/or Canvas:

You could make this ‘DIY’ gift so easy on yourself it might feel like cheating – just buy your dad a new version of his favorite cap (or steal his old one!) and cover it in Otter Wax!  Both the large and regular size bars are in stock in our shop right now.

If you’re feeling more ambitious, make or buy a canvas work apron or jacket and give it a rugged treatment of wax to make it water resistant, windproof and long lasting.  If you’re looking inspiration when it comes to waxing, you need look no further than the Otterwax Facebook page (the source for all the photos below) and Instagram feed!

 

Using our Patterns:

Embark on a manly sewing project!  If you don’t need your present to be a surprise, a pair of Jutland Shorts might be exactly what your Dad needs as the weather warms up.  If you and your dad are pretty close, why not sew him some new undies or long underwear using our Comox Trunk pattern?  Warning, this will likely bring your father/offspring relationship to the next level – be prepared for your Dad’s regular reports on how comfortable his new underwear are!  My mom made my dad seven pairs not long ago and we received regular reports on how they were wearing in for quite some time!  The Finlayson Sweater is a great choice if you plan to sew in secret – it is loose fitting so all you need to do is compare the garment measurements to your dad’s hoodies or sweaters to choose your size.

Photo sources (clockwise) : 1. Cookin’ & Craftin (Jutland Shorts) 2. The Japanese Pattern Challenge/Mainely Dad (Finlayson Sweater) 3. Par Issy (Comox Trunks)

Using the Bag Making Supplies Kit:

Last Father’s Day we launched our Bag Making Supplies Kit in time for Father’s Day gift giving.  It includes a variety of supplies useful in most bag making pursuits but it is meant to be versatile enough that you can use it for all manner of creative projects!  1 m of beautifully smooth cotton canvas is included as well as a whole bar of Otter Wax.  You could use these supplies to make your Dad one of the waxed aprons photographed above or you could use these materials as part of a Grainline Studio Portside Duffle Bag as I did for a tutorial I made last winter.  There is enough fabric to make a heavy duty tote bag with leather handles which you could fill with your dad’s favorite beer or treats or you could get really fancy and use the material to make a custom laptop bag.  And, of course, the Dopp Kit tutorial that I originally launched with the kit would make a great Father’s Day gift.

Using the FREE Arrowsmith Undershirt Pattern:

Last, but not least, I know that MANY of you have already downloaded our free Arrowsmith Undershirt pattern since it is our most popular PDF pattern.  I have been so eager to see how your undershirts have turned out but can’t seem to find much in the way of photos anywhere!  I would LOVE to see some Dads in Arrowsmith Undershirts this Father’s Day!

First ever make for hubby @keepfitwithyass. It is the #arrowsmithundershirt by @thread_theory #sewing #isew

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Image from Sahellara’s Instagram feed.

 

What are your plans for Father’s Day?  Have you given your dad a handmade gift in the past – any big successes?  Any hilarious failures?

 


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New Paper Patterns! Release Day!

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Today is the big day!  The Finlayson Sweater, Jutland Pants and Camas Blouse are now available as tissue sewing patterns!  You can find them in our shop or at one of our 60 retailers worldwide.Finlayson Sweater | Thread Theory Finlayson Sweater back | Thread Theory

For all of you who enthusiastically bought the PDF patterns while really longing for the tissue version of the pattern – thank you for showing us such support while we worked up the funds to put these into print!  This week only (May 20th-27th) we are offering a discount code to everyone who has purchased the Finlayson, Jutland or Camas PDFs in the past.  Email us at info@threadtheory.ca BEFORE placing your paper pattern order.  List the PDF that you purchased in the email, your full name and, if possible, your order number).  We will send you a discount code that can be used towards your tissue pattern purchase!  The discount means you will have received the PDF for free!Jutland Pants | Thread Theory Jutland Pants back | Thread Theory

The code will only be valid for one week (the discount will end at the end of the day on May 27th) so email us quickly so you can place your order right away! (info@threadtheory.ca)

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We are so excited to pack up these tissue patterns and fly them to sewers all around the world.  Nothing beats the ease of sewing with a tissue pattern, an instruction booklet sitting flat on the table beside you and a rugged envelope ready to pack up your compact tissue pieces when you are done your project.Pattern Contents | Thread Theory

 

Happy sewing!  Now, come on over to check out the patterns in our shop!


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Are you ready? Wednesday Release Date!

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Ready to start sewing?  We will be releasing paper versions of the Finlayson Sweater, Jutland Pants and Camas Blouse on Wednesday, May 20th!  That’s only 5 days away!

To feed your creative energy in the meantime, here are a selection of your fabulous makes with these three patterns.  Some are from when we first released the PDF versions of these patterns and some are brand new.  Enjoy!

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1. Swing and Sew: I love the shorter length and wine colored viscose!

2. Sewing in the Shade: A beautiful use of black as contrast with this rich print.

3. Miss Crayola Creepy: As always, I love her style!

4. Jolies Bobines: I’ve never seen such a fluid looking sequin fabric – very stunning.

5. Imagine Gnats featuring A Happy Stitch: Great tutorial!  The Camas could be made into everything from a plaid tunic over leggings to the cutest linen nightgown.

6.  Girls In the Garden: A very flattering Camas complete with a blog post detailing the fit changes.

7. I Bet You Can Make That: Love the dark blue fabric choice – very elegant and simple.

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1.  L’ Énervée de la Machine à Coudre: Beautiful hood lining!

2. The Japanese Pattern Challenge: A stunning fabric choice and a great use for a single toggle or button (since I always seem to be left with one extra after coat projects).

3. Suzie Creates: The Renfrew from Sewaholic meets the Finlayson to create a flattering fitted ladies Finlayson Sweater!

4. Thornberry: Great choice of stripes :).

5. Or Sew It Seams: A gorgeous Finlayson featuring a lush quilted hood lining!

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1, 2 and 3. Thimblenest: Hard wearing jeans for a hard working husband!

 

Inspired?  See you on Wednesday!

 


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In the Wild, November 4- Wild Jutlands Sighted!

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Are you all as excited about the Jutland Pants as I am? My husband has been big into building this summer, so I definitely have these pants high on my (always growing) sewing list now. There’s nothing quite like a sturdy pair of pants. We’ve had a few images coming in from the test sewers, so I thought I would share the Jutlands in Action!

First though, did you know that the names Morgan comes up with are mountains on Vancouver Island? Makes a gal feel proud to be here, and also points out that I do not know any mountain ranges here. Good old Wikipedia shared with me this lovely photo of Jutland Mountain:

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I don’t know about you, but I would want some pretty rugged pants to clamber around that terrain. Preferably with flat-felled seams 🙂 Admittedly, no rugged pant is actually going to make me climb mountains, but sometimes it helps the ego to look the part of the alpine explorer.

First up for today, is test sewer Sophie-Lee. She wrote up a wonderful posts with lost of pictures, so head over there to check out her experience with the Jutland. Here, though, is my favourite- Jutlands at Work:

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Tool belt not included, but complements the pants very well. Take a look throughout the rest of Sophie-Lee’s blog too, it’s great!

Next up is from MaLora who is probably experiencing similarly wet weather to us on Vancouver Island since she is in soggy Seattle WA.

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You should definitely check out her post about the Jutlands because there are adorable pictures of her kid let wearing a matching pair of pants. When I showed my husband that, he seemed pretty enthusiastic about Lena and he having matching pants (which would be extra cute with the matching Newcastles they already have). Make sure you notice the Strathcona Henley- and the matching one for wee mister!! EEEEE!

Of course, with a new pattern out in the shop, it’s a good time to revisit patterns you’ve loved making, and the ones that have been sitting around waiting for your courage (Looking at you Goldstream) or just the right knit (Strathcona…..)

Here’s a little inspiration for you to finish up those unfinished Thread Theory projects before you get to the Jutlands:

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If you can read french, you will read that Clotilde is quite pleased with the pattern- “Vive Thread Theory!” I admit, it was slow going for me to read that one simple post. my french is a bit rusty having left Montreal nearly a year and a half ago (where did the time go?). Lena and I decided to spend our mornings in french, but since I tend toward foggy and cranky in the mornings (hey! I sew late! not my fault! ok, it is…), we will have to see how long that lasts…

Wally and Grace sent along this picture of a new Finlayson- looks cozy!

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In other news, this weekend there is a little Makers Festival happening in the Comox Valley called “CREATE!” and Morgan is teaching a Comox Trunks class (which I am taking, and refer to as the ‘underwear party”) and she will also be showing how to make the waxed bag. There will be a table there with Thread Theory goodies! I want to spend the whole day there with them, but will be teaching all day saturday, so I only get to go to the underwear party. Happy face/sad face.

Have you started your Jutlands yet? What adventures would you want to take them on?