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Peter brings a passion for sewing, a love of fashion, and a spirit of adventure to all his projects. And he's funny too! See more from Male Pattern Boldness »

Men’s Cotton Camouflage Shirt Jacket

Camo is everywhere these days. As much as I like the look on others, I never thought camo — classic army green camo — was flattering on me.   So I was delighted when I found this dark gray camouflage fabric, a crisp lightweight Italian cotton, at Mood Fabrics in New York City.  (There’s still some available at Mood online here. Rest assured, there’s no green in it.) Since we’re enjoying spring weather this February, I decided to make a generously proportioned shirt that could also be worn as a windbreaker. I found my inspiration from a (very) vintage men’s shirt […]

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Men’s African Wax Print Pants

Happy New Year, everybody! This month, a number of us Mood Sewing Network bloggers decided to sew with African wax prints. You’re probably familiar with these fabrics (Rome-based designer Stella Jean is their best-known proponent) — brilliant-colored, abstract cotton prints with a wax coating that can be left on for a stiffer hand or laundered out for softer garments. The history of African wax prints is a little complicated — they’re not always African; in fact the fabric I used to make my pants is labelled “Supreme Wax Print Holland.” (Read more about the history of African wax prints here.) […]

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December denial? Men’s shorts and short-sleeve shirt!

Who sews short sleeve shirts and shorts in December? I do! This month I sewed for an upcoming vacation to a tropical clime where I’ll be needing warm-weather clothes. I had two great Mood Fabrics to inspire me: a unique cotton seersucker like shirting from Opening Ceremony (not available online, unfortunately) and a beefy black cotton blend knit.  (Mood sells some beautiful black knits online, in a variety of weights. Check them out here.) For my shirt, I used a vintage 1958 McCall’s men’s convertible collar shirt pattern, 4723 (below).  I love the boxy cut of 1950’s shirt patterns, a […]

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Men’s Bias-Plaid Wool Cape

Capes are back! I’ve made all kinds of men’s outerwear over the last few years — anoraks, parkas, pea coats, varsity jackets, raincoats — but I’d never made myself a cape. Readers, it was time, and what better cape season than fall? At Mood’s NYC store, I’d recently purchased four yards of beautiful plaid wool coating in red, creamy white, and blue. (Mood’s extensive online selection of wool plaids can be seen here.)  This was a large-scale plaid and needed to be used in a garment with enough drape that the repeat of the pattern would be apparent. After much […]

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Men’s Fitted Poplin Shirt (and Total Designer Knockoff)

Is it wrong to blatantly knock off somebody else’s design if you’re just sewing for yourself? I almost never do: menswear doesn’t really afford too many possibilities.  But I stumbled upon a beautiful white poplin shirt from the Fall 2016 collection of designer Hussein Chalayan a few weeks ago, and fell in love with it.  Unfortunately, at $520, it was way beyond my means.  So I did what any determined sewer would do: I decided to knock it off. Last summer, I happened to purchase three yards of gorgeous white mercerized cotton poplin shirting at Mood Fabrics in NYC.  (Also […]

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Men’s Organic Cotton Work Jacket

What can you make with two and a half yards of organic cotton twill?  Read on! Last year I’d purchased this red cotton twill in a shade Mood calls “tomato.”   It’s available not only in tomato (here), but also in a great many other beautiful colors (here).  It’s the perfect weight for jeans or a casual jacket and very easy to sew with.  It also has no spandex, which is my preference for cotton fabrics. For my project, I turned to the recently published Japanese pattern book, “Men’s Clothes For All Seasons,” which I’d picked up at the Japanese […]

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FIRST for FALL — Men’s Camo-Print Wool Jacket!

This month I decided I was through with summer sewing and ready to create some cool cool-weather clothes. Last winter, at Mood Fabrics in New York City, I had stumbled upon a wonderful piece of camo-print wool knit — the end of a bolt, alas, and only one yard. The fabric is soft and fuzzy (maybe some mohair in it?) on the right side and has a knit backing. I knew it would be perfect for outerwear but it would have to be combined with another fabric so I’d have sufficient yardage. I decided to match the camo print with […]

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Men’s Swiss Dot Cotton Shirt and Linen Shorts

The summer sewing continues! This month I created two garments for my partner, Michael. The first is a short-sleeve shirt made from a lightweight cotton Swiss dot floral fabric I found at Mood Fabrics in NYC. (Check out Mood’s online selection of dotted Swiss fabrics here.)  It doesn’t get more summery than that! The pattern I used is Butterick 5579 (below), in a Size 40. I made only a few changes to the pattern.  I shortened the sleeves (and cuffed them), eliminated the attached front button placket (opting for a fold-back front placket instead), and narrowed the collar to give […]

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Men’s Geometric Print Shirt and Linen Shorts

Hurray for summer sewing! Short sleeve shirts and shorts are two of my favorite things to sew, maybe because I associate them so closely with warm weather and summer vacations. I found a beautiful geometric cotton print at Mood Fabrics in NYC last month and decided it would make a perfect summer shirt.  (Mood has a vast online selection of beautiful cotton prints.  This one is similar to the one I found in the New York store.) I used vintage Simplicity 6955, a men’s shirt pattern from 1966, because I like the preppy cut, though I chose to narrow the […]

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