Sewing For Men

All of my life I have been hearing women who sew for themselves and their daughters claim that “sewing men’s clothes is too hard.” I would bet that almost 100 percent of those women never even tried to sew men’s clothes. First of all, “Too hard?” You don’t want to do it because it’s too hard? Do you know how that sounds? And second, men’s clothes are not any more difficult to sew than women’s clothes.

Okay, honestly, pants can be tricky. It’s not easy to make the fly look professional. But men’s shirts are actually easier to make than most women’s blouses and dresses. Think about it. Men’s shirts don’t have darts or princess seams and very rarely have ruffles or other fiddly little details.

Men’s shirts are less interesting. Unless you have a colorful guy who likes tropical print shirts or something else quirky, the fabrics are not as much fun and I think that might be the real reason so many seamstresses are put off by the idea of sewing for men. They look at the grays and browns and the dull blues and greens in plain solids, stripes and plaids and think, “No, I want to sew something pretty.” But if you sew and have never made a man’s shirt you should really give it a try. As I said, it’s easy and it gives you a good feeling to sew for someone else.

I have made many shirts for my husband and a few for my sons. Here is the latest one I made for my husband.

Man's Shirt

I used this fabric. It’s a good sturdy fabric with a slight texture, sort of like Oxford cloth, and it’s very well-behaved on the sewing machine. It’s one of the Kona Colorworks 2 collection and I might get myself a piece if I can ever decide which one (or two) I want.

3 thoughts on “Sewing For Men

  1. fillyjonk

    I think the people who complain that sewing for the men in their lives is “too hard” really mean that the men are “too picky” or “too staid in their clothing choices” but they don’t want to come out and say it. I know lots of knitters bemoan that the men in their lives will not wear any color sweater other than grey or dark brown, and that they don’t want cables or slip stitches or anything “fancy” – so you’re knitting miles and miles of stockinette in a dark color. Not exactly enjoyable.

  2. Hippie

    I would wear a fancy sweater. My problem, which is not every man’s problem of course, with very nice clothes is that on me, they do not remain very nice. I’m a 230 pound steel shop worker/CNC laser operator with hobbies that include motorcycles, repairing obscure cars and working on various different engines of all sizes, bicycles, two kinda large and very enthusiastic dogs, and for some odd reason, a unicycle, and clothes don’t stay nice around me very long. I’d feel terrible for someone who went to the trouble of making a nice sweater or shirt, that I either couldn’t wear for fear of harming it, or ended up ruining it when I did wear it.

    I will say, mom made for me years ago a great flannel shirt. I still have it. My arms don’t fit in it anymore. :-( It does keep the wife warm if she needs it though.

  3. Lynn Post author

    I think next time I make you a shirt I need to buy a new pattern. And maybe actually measure you instead of just guessing.

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