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Summer Menswear Outfits

by Adrianna

Summer is just around the corner, and we have some great patterns for you gentlemen out there to snazz up your wardrobe! We have you covered in the fabric and notion department with various oxford shirting weight cottons, linens, chambrays, and more plus a rather dreamy group of denims on their way, with rivets and antique brass jean buttons. As is traditional with menswear, the details are key. All of our menswear patterns come with the bells and whistles to create a truley classic and stylish garment, and allow you to practice finishing techniques and technical detailing. The button-up shown here is a slight variation of one of the Five Frontier Shirts from Folkwear Patterns (shown here). I combined some details of a traditional western shirt with a traditional button-up to create this style for a good friend.

Mentioned in a past post on Menswear Patterns, here are some store samples of a great outfit pair from Thread Theory menswear patterns - the Jedediah Pants (shorts version shown here) and the Strathcona Henley T-shirt Version. These patterns have superb instructions to create a truley professional finish on your garments. Practice putting in a fly zipper, topstitching, adding rivets and a jeans button, and flat felled seams. If you tend to be more of a technical/mechanical person, you may discover this type of garment sewing to be extremely satisfying.

Stay tuned for a post later this week on the Negroni menswear shirt pattern from our local pals Colette Patterns.

Happy Sewing!

seven yellow things on a grey day

by Cameron

Here are just a few of the colorful things we’re looking at in the shop on this grey spring day. Left to right from the top we have a lemony yellow Echino dot, a cheerful Japanese double gauze, neon and gold cord locks, a classic Western shirt pattern by Folkwear, Tulip tapestry needles, our trusty yellow shop measuring tape, and the tried-and-true 45mm Olfa rotary cutter.

homemaking inspiration

by Hannah

I wouldn’t consider myslef much of a homemaker. I’d rather be out walking in the rain or shine. But then I got a serious bee in my bonnet and wanted to recover our couch (more on that later) and haven’t stopped rethinking our space and how to make it more efficient and cozy without spending my life savings. 

I have a serious rug obsession. I wish I knew where it came from because it’s becoming a pretty serious addiction. I realized it shopping with my best gal the other week and she asked what I was looking for. “Rugs.” “Hannah, when are you not looking for rugs?” We both laughed and I then I realized, the whole time I was pregnant my nesting consisted of rug shopping and I’m still looking for them. I want to turn them into things and combine multiple to make one large rug that I’ve never seen before. I love how they are different for every culture and the authentic ones are handcrafted.

OK, so here’s the beginning of my braided rug for our living room. The middle is leftover from the couch I just finished, there’s some of our lovely recycled hemp/organic cotton, and silk that I dyed for Anna Maria Horner’s carpet bag a few years ago. More to come on how to make this so stay tuned and start collecting your fabric!