Sewing men and sewing for men

This is the podcast series about sewing for men and men who sew from the Sewover50 community.

Justin

Justin’s shirt is the Fairfield Button-Up from Thread Theory Designs.

Thursday 7 October 2021: Justin of Justinmakesmyown started sewing masks in early 2020 to help his sister when she started her full time nursing career.

Justin started sewing his own clothes in 2020.

These Sew House Seven Nehalem pants was his first make after initially sewing masks.

Justin in his Sew House 7 Nehalem pattern pants

Justin has also made the Hey Jude Vero top from the Hey Jude patterns beach set.

The middy shirt and sailor pants patterns are from Folkwear.

Justin tells us about how sewing is a part of his family history.

My Instagram account (@justinmakesmyown) is a free-for-all covering all my “making” endeavours, not just sewing.  I also knit, mend, cook, bake, garden, ferment and do other activities that are easily photographed. I do have to say that my sewing posts receive the most attention. I guess less people are interested in my sourdough or kimchi.  

Justin’s short sleeve buttoned shirt is the Men’s Tropical Shirt by Wardrobe by Me.

Justin Google searches patterns he uses and refers to Thread Theory and Wardrobe by me as his first sewing patterns he has used. Listen into this podcast and find out what patterns Justin is using to create his back to the office clothes for 2022.

Justin does reuse and recycle fabrics, materials and projects he’s made but won’t get any wear out of. As Justin says, the sewing community is more than just talking about sewing.

FreeSewing.org

Tuesday 28 September 2021: Joost de Cock is the creator of Freesewing.org We learnt about this sewing resource in our chat with Wouter.vdub and with Enno Swets.

Joost talks about his sewing journey and freesewing.org

FreeSewing is an open source software project with the aim of becoming the Wikipedia of sewing patterns.

FreeSewing provides a core library for parametric pattern design, an ever-growing library of designs implemented in code, as well as a bunch of adjacent tools for building modern interfaces on top of our platform.

FreeSewing is not interested in fashion, trends, or publishing the hot new pattern of the season. Instead, the contributors want to empower makers by distilling the knowledge of the sewing community into parametric designs + documentation, and make that information freely available.

FreeSewing is built by contributors who are all volunteers, and financially supported by their Patrons.

Thread Theory patterns

Adrianna of Thread Theory patterns

Thursday 23 September 2021: Adrianna of Thread Theory Patterns joined into the Sewover50 sewing for men series this week.

Adrianna of Thread Theory Patterns shares her sewing tips

In the first podcasts within this series, both Wouter.vdub and Susan Young found Thread Theory patterns were a good men’s pattern sewing brand they use.

Adrianna is focusses on technical design and product development for Thread Theory Patterns. Her training is in men’s tailoring and patterns.

This is their brand new Woodley tee pattern.

In this podcast Adrianna shares some great sewing tips and you’ll love her sewing tool suggestions as well. Thread Theory patterns are well known for men’s patterns and they are focussing on making patterns for all sexes. They value inclusivity and demonstrate this through their patterns.

Many thanks for Morgan and Matt for agreeing to develop this podcast for Sewover50.

This is Morgan working on their farm.

You can find Thread Theory Patterns on Instagram, on their website and on their facebook page.

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Christopher

Thursday 16 September 2021: Chris is back for Sewover50 and he’s investing in his sewing practice this year.

Christopher is back for Sewvover50
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I’ve been sewing for about 3 years now and I think I’m finally getting the hang of it! I primarily started with menswear, but now I just make whatever I feel like.

Currently, I’m working full time and studying sewing and design to increase my sewing practice. So far, sewing has been a great resource for me to take the time and reflect on myself and the world around me. Oftentimes, it brings up more questions than not. What clothes make me the happiest (more masculine, more feminine, a bit of both)? How can I use sewing as medium to express my views as a queer Chicanx person in a world that doesn’t seem to care about the lives of BIPOCs? 

While I can’t say I’ve found the answers for myself just yet, I invite you to join me in cultivating a more inclusive environment! You can also find me on Instagram @imthatbrujastitch.’

Wendy Ward

Thursday 2 September 2021: Wendy Ward is back for Sewover50’s theme about ‘Men who sew and sewing for men’ series. One of her latest books ‘Sewing basics for every body’ provides patterns that can be used for people who either do or don’t identify with any sex.

Wendy Ward talks about sewing basics for every body
Sewing basics for every body

Wendy’s textile industry knowledge and her teaching experience has helped her develop this really useful book that helps build your sewing practice while creating a capsule wardrobe that reflects who you are.

A sneak peek into Wendy’s book

This is an empowering book by developing your life skills in a methodical way while allowing each user to create clothes that suit who they are most comfortable being.

It’s all about giving the reader skills to create what they want and look how they want to be seen. And isn’t that really a sewists’ superpower.

Wendy Ward

Enno Swets or OUTdressed.no

Thursday 26 August 2021: Enno or OUTdressed.no has the drive to make the things he needs hence his brilliance making his own functional makes.

Enno Swets is Sewover50 guest for men who sew
There’s a great story about his brand name
This is the Anorak Enno made at 17 years old

One of the first functional fabric stores Enno was able to get the fabric he wanted was from Extreme Textil. Enno has made many things that he has wanted and you’ll hear about them in this podcast.

Enno Swets

Enno also mentions Fabrics and Materials to Make Your Own Gear or Grow Your Business. (ripstopbytheroll.com) and Shelby – Extreme Outdoor Materials & Gear (shelbyoutdoor.com) as great sources for functional fabrics and notions.

This is Enno’s design.

There are many examples of Enno’s creativity he’s developed through sewing. Being part of the online sewing community is something he highly values.

The story behind this backpack created by Enno for his wife is a great example of how he has used his engineering background to develop a custom order backpack. The frame is from the original backpack that has a good life but was no longer available.

Wouter.vdub

Wouter in his latest historical cycling pants

Thursday 12 August 2021: Wouter started sewing 8 years ago when he wanted to know what it would be like to wear a kilt.

Wouter van Wageningen is better known on Instagram and Wouter.vdub
Wouter is very comfortable in his sewing space

Wouter says his sewing skills are not great but you’ll see on his instagram account how much he focusses on fit and great construction techniques.

He has sewn his own clothes for 8 years

X Marks the Scot is the kilt forum Wouter talks about. Have a look for the utility kilt with pockets details that Wouter used in his research to make his own kilt.

Wouter balances being active and sewing his own clothes including his activewear

Wouter was featured in the men who sew post on Sewover50 and he was really pleased to contribute to this podcast series about men who sew.

You’ll hear about his initial sewing experiences as he was growing up.

Wouter is a fan of Thread Theory patterns. He also provides his own patterns to Freesewing.org

Waralee pants designed by Wouter on freesewing.org

These Waralee pants are just one of the designs Wouter has developed for freesewing.org They’re free.

Oh and then there’s the Albert apron Wouter designed for his daughter again on freesewing.org

Sewing advice from Wouter… Find a technique to sew a zipper fly. Get really good at making welt pockets. Master these skills and make a bunch of them. He has more advice that will help new sewists that you’ll hear in his very first podcast.

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James Nacy

Thursday 29 July 2021: James Nacy from the Sewover50 community is a cellist that uses his cellist skills development for his knitting and sewing and everything else.

James Nacy is on of the many men in the Sewover50 community
The grey shirt James was working on

When James was 7 years old he was taught to sew and knit when he was being looked after by a neighbour. You’ll hear how sewing has played various roles in James’s life from the time he was in middle school onwards.

The jacket made by James featured by Sewover50

James shares his methods of finding fabrics, finding patterns and sewing techniques. There are also the stereotypical responses James has endured as a man buying fabric from a retail store. He now buys his fabrics online as a less negative way to source the fabric he wants to use.

James shares the ways men are not included in the sewing conversations and men do sew and should be included in online discussions.

The Elbe Textiles makes James discussed in this podcast

Elbe Textiles is James’ favourite patterns. There are so many of their patterns that are go-to styles that James makes many versions of. James offers great advice when you want to start sewing mens clothes.

Susan Young: Sewover50 men sewing series

A closer look a Susan’s work

Thursday 22 July 2021: Susan Young, the official blog writer for Sewover50, kicks off the men who sew series for Sewover50.

Marcia is a Sewover50 fan

You may have noticed that she recently made her husband some new gear and in this podcast you’ll hear why she’s done just that. Susan recently wrote a comprehensive article for Love Sewing magazine using the mens sewing research she did and examples of her sewing for her lucky husband.

Susan wanted to sew but had no motivation to continue to sew for herself so while in lockdown, she decided to sew a sweatshirt or 2 for her husband. You’ll hear about her experience and what developments she has begun to see in the online sewing world.

Susan with Mr Y in clothes she’s sewn

This podcast is to support Susan’s research and article in Love Sewing magazine in the coming weeks you’ll hear from the men in the Sewover50 community talk about their sewing experiences. They’ll also discuss ways to get the best outcomes when sewing menswear.

A closer look a Susan’s work

The pattern search terms and fabric names Susan mentions are a great start when you’re learning how to sew mens clothes for beginners.

Pete Trimble

Pete Sews (Pete Trimble)

Monday 15 March 2021: Pete Trimble or Pete Sews will be showcasing ‘sewing down a rabbit hole’ that his followers has been wanting to see for ages. He will demonstrated these skills at the Australian Sewing Guild’s Autumn Sewing Celebration on 27 March 2021.

Listen to Pete Sews for the Autumn Sewing Celebration.

Precision Sewing with Pete Trimble of Pete Sews is participants from around the world saw on 27 March 2021.

The details maketh the shirt. 
Pete has a flair for detail and accuracy when he sews, come along on a little journey where fingers get very close to the iron, pinning is preferred and you’ll realise the true meaning of ‘measure twice, cut once’!

It’s all in the detailing

In his presentation Pete took us through his techniques for adding detail stripes to a cuff, fitting a contrast accent to your yoke seam and everyone’s favourite, felled sleeve seams by sewing down the rabbit hole!

Attention to detail

You’ll find Pete Sews on Instagram and on his website Pete Sews.

Autumn Sewing Celebration virtual event held on 27 March 2021

Meet Christopher

Tuesday 17 November 2020: The Sewcialists have a couple of new volunteer editors. Christopher is one of the new volunteer editor team members. He researches cell biology.

Christopher

‘Hey y’all! My name’s Chris and I currently live in San Diego, California. 

Chris sews and researches cell biology

I’ve been sewing for about 2 years, but I think I’m finally getting the hang of it! I primarily started with menswear, but now I just make whatever I feel like.

Currently, I’m attempting to work with lace and learning what it means to create for others. So far, sewing has been a great resource for me to take the time and reflect on myself and the world around me. Oftentimes, it brings up more questions than not. What clothes make me the happiest (more masculine, more feminine, a bit of both)? How can I use sewing as medium to express my views as a queer Chicanx person in a world that doesn’t seem to care about the lives of BIPOCs? 

While I can’t say I’ve found the answers for myself just yet, I invite you to join me in cultivating a more inclusive environment! While here at the Sewcialists, I hope to be able to give back to the sewing community that’s helped me continue to grow so much. You can also find me on Instagram @imthatbrujastitch.’

The first sewing podcasts Chris listened to were Love to Sew podcast and Stitch Please by Black Women Stitch. The politics of sewing was what Chris learnt about through Stitch Please.

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