I am always, always, always on the lookout for a good men’s sewing pattern. I told you that I cannot handle the puppy eyes that I get from Bennett, right? Well…I keep sewing awesome and fun stuff for Louis and myself but he gets left out of the mix more often than not.
I stumbled across Koerbs Bros Stitch Designs and their “Brush It Off” shirts, in both boys and men’s sizes and I had to have them. It’s more than a basic tee but isn’t as complex as a full-blown buttondown. And although there is an option for a polo collar, we will be just using it for the henley-style shirts.
The one good thing about my local JoAnns is that they carry a lot of licensed fabrics, many of which are Star Wars and Marvel related. We are HUGE Star Wars and Marvel people, so it works for us! (And right now, my JoAnns is moving and liquidating all of their stock, so I’ll be heading back soon to stock up.)
I saw this blueprint style fabric and reeeeeally wanted to make something for Bennett out of it. This henley was the perfect way to introduce the fabric to Bennett’s wardrobe because it allowed for a piecing-style design element and I could sneak it into the front panel. Because I used a woven for that panel, I did notice that it’s pulling a little more in the chest/armpit area, without the normal give of a knit fabric. So I’m thinking if I use a woven there again, I’ll just size up.
Overall, I really like the shirt. And I think Bennett does too! He wore it the day after I sewed it up for him. Which is the biggest compliment a sewist like me could receive. It’s one thing to tell me you like it, it’s a whole other thing when you want to wear it as soon as you can.
If I remember correctly, the pattern states that it was designed for a 6 foot tall man. Yay! Bennett isn’t quite six feet tall BUT he does have a crazy long torso. And pretty much all storebought shirts are too short on him. So I love that this was designed longer and I didn’t have to put any thought into it about lengthening the top.
I’ve seen a lot of women say that they’d never get their hubbies to pose for photos. I will admit, it didn’t take a ton of coaxing to get him to do this for me. Really, none at all. The hardest part was having to deal with his teasing and mocking of me and my posing from my own shoots.
Anyone recognize the “off to the side glance with an arm behind the head” pose? Haha.
I’ve been planning to make this henley in a Louis-size. It just hasn’t happened quite yet. But it will be used a few times in my upcoming Time for School Capsule. I also fully plan to make Bennett a couple more of these. A few in long-sleeves and with more basic fabrics. I’m excited that I have a pretty full arsenal of men’s patterns now! If I could score a good one for pants/jeans for him, I could seriously clothe our entire family from head to toe (winter jackets included!)
Anywho. If you want to get your hands on this pattern, and you should, make it happen!