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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 Silver Metallic Jeans

I’ve always been drawn to fabrics that have a metallic sheen. But it wasn’t until I found this Ralph Lauren metallic denim — the end of a bolt — at Mood Fabrics in New York City that I decided to take the plunge.  (While my fabric is unavailable online, this silver stretch faux leather seems like a good alternative). To make these jeans, I used my self-drafted jeans sloper and added elements like pockets and waistband from Kwik Sew 3504.  Since this fabric has Lycra in it, I did a little tweaking along the way.  I knew I wanted these […]

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Men’s Cotton Knit Rugby Shirt

I don’t often sew with knits. I generally find woven fabrics more rewarding to work with. But last summer I found a beautiful medium-weight striped cotton knit at Mood Fabrics in New York City that reminded me of those classic French cotton boatneck shirts that have become so popular. This navy blue and off-white knit had the same beefiness as those shirts, and I was delighted to discover that there was no Lycra in it (not a fan of cling, on me at least). It also had only two-way stretch, making it more stable.  (You can shop Mood’s online selection […]

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Men’s Plaid Overcoat

My first fall sewing project is a garment I hope to wear straight through till spring — a medium-weight, water-resistant overcoat/raincoat and my first plaid coat ever. I purchased the sturdy cotton/nylon plaid (below) at Mood Fabrics in New York City last winter.   It has a feel similar to that of a London Fog raincoat.  The plaid is muted enough to go with pretty much anything.  (You can find a large selection of plaid coating at Mood Fabrics here.) To make the coat, I used Burda 7780, a men’s coat pattern that has two front welt pockets and a half […]

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End-of-Summer Men’s Pants, Shirt, & Cotton Cardigan

The summer is coming to a close, alas! At this time of year I’m focused on sewing things I can still wear in the heat but which can carry me over into the cooler days to come.  I’m about to go on vacation and the weather in Cape Cod this time of year is mighty variable. Here’s what I made to take with me: Last year I sewed a shawl-collar cotton cardigan out of a beautiful blue sweater knit I found in Mood Fabrics in NYC.  At the time, I purchased the same knit in a sandy-beige colorway and it […]

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Men’s Blue Linen Summer Coveralls

What does one make with three yards of blue linen from Mood Fabrics? If you’re me, you sew yourself up a pair of summer coveralls! I loved the color of this linen the moment I saw it.  Is it sky blue, azure blue, French blue, or Wedgwood blue? (I’m not very good at labeling colors.)  Regardless, I love it.  (You can check out Mood Fabrics’ selection of linen and linen blends here.) I had purchased Kwik Sew 3389, a men’s coveralls pattern, last year but wasn’t sure whether I’d actually wear coveralls, so it sat unused.  But thinking about this […]

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Liberty of London Cotton Poplin Summer Shirt

Summer has arrived and, with it, summer sewing! I won’t be taking a vacation for a few months yet, but hey: I can still wear clothes that make me feel like I’m on vacation — casual, loose-fitting, and with lots of visual punch. Have you heard that Mood is now carrying genuine Liberty of London fabrics?  I visited the store earlier this month and was overwhelmed by the choices available and the fantastic quality of these fabrics. I purchased two yards of this stunning cotton poplin floral in a range of rich blue shades.  You can find this very fabric […]

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Men’s Tropical Print Blazer

This month I sewed for my partner, Michael (that’s him above).  I hadn’t made him something in a long time  — as he sometimes reminded me! Last month at Mood Fabrics in NYC I found this bold, tri-color hibiscus print in a lightly coated cotton canvas and, without a particular project in mind, snatched up two and a half yards.   Back home, I draped it on Michael. It was too heavy for shirting, however, and too stiff for pants, and I wasn’t sure what to do with it.  My blog readers — a jovial lot — were leaning toward beach […]

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Men’s Cotton Chambray Western Shirt

This month, I decided to go for an understated urban cowboy look. At Mood Fabrics in New York City, I found not one, but two beautiful Japanese chambrays in denim-y tones.   (To see Mood’s online selection of cotton chambray, click here.)  I used to get denim and chambray confused.  Both use colored yarn in the warp and white yarn in the weft, but chambray is a plain weave and denim is a twill. I decided to make a Western-style shirt and to combine the two chambray fabrics, using the darker of the two for the front and back yokes (cut […]

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Men’s Cotton Slacks and Zip-Front Hoodie

The arrival of spring calls for spring sewing! At Mood Fabrics in NYC I found two beautiful lightweight fabrics I knew I could turn into some classic garments to carry me into the (eagerly awaited) warm weather. The first was a smooth cotton woven with a crisp hand, perfect for a pair of spring or summer dress pants. (You can find similar fabric at Mood here, here, and here.) My second fabric was a denim-colored, brushed cotton twill as plush and drapey as sweatshirt jersey.  I decided to use it to make a zip-front hoodie; I may use the remainder […]

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