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.
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.