I was really excited to see this in my mailbox for two reasons– firstly, because I’m suddenly feeling comfortable enough with my sewing skills to want to sew for my fella, and secondly, because I’m about three-quarters of the way through my first patternmaking course at FIT and ready to delve more deeply into that world. Folks, this puppy does NOT disappoint!
The book draws inspiration from the world of fashion, but the pieces are classic and wearable.
To make the projects in the book, you create basic pattern blocks, then use them as a jumping-off point to create patterns for different looks. (I have to say, after spending a semester drafting for women, the lovely straight lines and dart-free lines of menswear really appeal to me!).
At the beginning of each project, the author lists the changes you need to make to the block and the techniques you need to learn. It’s all laid out in a simple and straightforward fashion, which I appreciate. The drawings and instructions are much clearer than the textbook my patternmaking teacher references (an older, out-of-print book with small, hard-to-see illustrations).
There are enough patterns and variations in the book to dress a dude really well. Also, not to be TOO much of a superbrat, but lots of the details and skills included in the book translate to women’s sewing, too. I would TOTALLY wear this shirt (I KNOW, I KNOW, I’LL MAKE SOMETHING FOR MY DUDE FIRST). In the project shows above, you need to create cuffs, yokes, plackets, a curved hem– all kinds of things that would come in handy for guys and gals alike! Did I mention that I would TOTALLY wear this shirt?
There are twenty patterns included in the book, and they’re a great mix of basics and hipper garments. For example, there’s a basic buttondown and basic pants, but there are also cargo pants, a hooded sweatshirt, a henley, and a lovely trench coat. This is about as much bang for your buck as you could possibly get sewing for guys– I don’t think you could buy 20 patterns on sale for the amount this book retails for on Amazon ($38!!!)! I should also mention that I think this book would come in handy even if you’re not interested in drafting patterns from scratch. If you want to change up favorite commercial patterns, there’s lots in here to help you update basic patterns and turn them into new looks. Also, in case you were wondering, the book uses the imperial system– no metric measurements.
If I sound really excited about this book, it’s because I am! And, the good news is that I have a copy to give away! Sadly, I can only send it to U.S. residents, but I will plan a giveaway soon for international readers. I’ll choose a winner at random one week from today, at 10P EST on Thurs., Nov. 21st. If you’re interested, leave a comment below! I’d love to know what you’d be most excited about making from this book!