Hi, friend-os! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m the kind of person that holidays tend to sneak up on. I have an intense work schedule and, I’ll be honest, I’m unorganized and a huge procrastinator. So I find myself (for the zillionth time) just a few days from Father’s Day with… lots of great gifts planned… yes, many great things… that I can’t tell you about… ’cause they’re totally AWESOME and not because I haven’t figured out what to get yet… OK, I give up, and since I’m sure my dad doesn’t read my blog, I can admit that I definitely don’t have a gift ready!
This brings me to the question of making things for men. Do you guys sew for the guys in your life? This is something I’ve been hoping to do more of, but sometimes it’s really difficult to find projects that I want to make that boys want to wear. I have two brothers, two brothers-in-law, my dad, and of course my husbie, and it’s been really challenging to think of things to make for them. Man Friend’s requests for items of apparel usually fall into the category of “novelty items”, and sometimes it can be hard for me to finish a project that I know will probably be worn rarely if ever, like the unfinished TNMT mask below (here’s the pattern if you need to make your own).
Man Friend has also requested a few items that are, simply put, beyond my skill set. His dream is for me to make him a replica of the sweater vest that legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka wore on game day, but I haven’t yet made him a sweater, let alone charted a pattern for letters. My biggest foray into knitting for men was a sweater vest that I gave my dad for Christmas, and it fit poorly and was a huge pain in the neck to make (mainly due to the pattern being really difficult to follow, but also because it required hours of seaming to finish). Plus, knitting for men takes forever because the garments are so large, and many of the sweater patterns I think are nice Man Friend finds a bit… cheesy?
I’m finding out now that the problem of lack of good sewing patterns for guys’ apparel is oft-discussed on online forums. I love looking at vintage men’s patterns, but I wonder how the fit and sizing compares to modern menswear. Anyone have any experience with this?
I think I may have found a good gift solution, though. I snapped up a copy of vintage Simplicity 4007 from Sunni’s sale last week, and I’m excited to make them for all my guys. They look like the perfect thing to wear when you’re sitting at the breakfast nook smoking a pipe and reading the paper, you know, normal guy stuff.
So maybe my predicament is solved for now, except for the part where it’s Thursday, Father’s Day is Sunday, and I have maybe three hours on Saturday to work on this and no fabric. Oh, and my dad lives 1000 miles away. Better late than never?
What about you guys? What are your thoughts on boy clothes?