Mr Sewaholic goes to the fabric store

Mr Sewaholic and I went to the fabric store on a sunny afternoon! We picked out the perfect fabric for his Christmas shirt. Sadly, he won’t let me share any of the photos. There’s terribly unflattering lighting in there! Which is too bad, we did the ‘hold-fabric-up-to-your-face’ test and I took photos to be sure we picked a winner. So I have the photos, I’m just not allowed to post them.

Here’s proof of our visit to Fabricana:

And here’s the fabric we picked out! It’s 100% Italian cotton:

I wish you could feel this fabric. It’s soooo soft and smooth! And it looks really nice next to his face. You’ll just have to trust me on this one.

It has a cool texture too, very subtle but interesting. It’s hard to pick out fabric for men and meet that balance of unique yet not too bold. I think we’ve succeeded! There’s a silvery stripe in the chocolate brown shirting, which will go so well with the silver cufflinks I’m searching for! So sophisticated, works with jeans as well as it does with dress pants. If he’s happy with this shirt, it should be easy to make them again and again once we’ve mastered the fit.

First things first: the muslin in gingham. (Here’s the pattern we’re using, if you’re just joining us: McCalls 9351.) Then the fun part – fitting!

I sure hope Mr Sewaholic will cooperate and let me post photos. (Maybe if all of my readers said how much they wanted to learn fitting for men.. then he might be sweet-talked into modeling?) Does your guy model for you, if you make him stuff?

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26 Responses to Mr Sewaholic goes to the fabric store

  1. Amanda November 11, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    It would be great to learn fitting for men, but I can understand if he’s a little hesitant to model. Is he concerned with being recognized on the internet? Then perhaps you could just take photos below his face? Or is that weird? :) In any case, great fabric choice!

  2. Stella November 11, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Yes! Fitting for men, please! (Mr. Sewaholic is not at all obliged to model his face – lots of blogs show below the neck models and we are used to them now.)

  3. Kathleen November 11, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    The fabric looks beautiful!

  4. Funnygrrl November 11, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    I understand his hesitation. My guy is “off-the-grid”internet wise.
    It would be helpful to see muslin making for men. Tell him he’s helping the Sewaholic brand and you’ll give him a portion of your first million $. :)
    Great fabric. It is hard to find fabric for men. Looking forward to seeing this project.

  5. Helena November 11, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    Ah, Italian cotton is pretty good stuff. I’ve never made anything for my man, but it would be a great addition to your sewtionary to have fitting for men. I don’t care about his face either, below the neck is fine by me!

  6. Patty November 11, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    Mr. Bug (aka dan…) was very obliging to pose after there were some nice comments left re. his general pleasing looks! Nothing like the admiration of unknown women to loosen him up! And he is a cutie, if I do say so myself… off to make him a computer case for his new laptop! FINALLY a use for the red car japanese fabric! Sewing for me RULES! Fitting a laptop. Also rules!

  7. Arya November 11, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    I would really appreciate learning fitting for men, as my man has a very hard time finding RTW clothes that he likes…or that fit him properly.

    He does model for me. I am a knitter and he is always willing to model the hats and socks that I make for him. If you’re a Ravelry member, you can see my projects for him (look for Seattleyogini).

  8. Maureen November 11, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    I can understand Mr. Sewaholics hesitation – I have not yet posted anything that I made with me in it! (although I noticed that my hubby managed to sneak some photos of me on to Facebook). I’ve only sewn historical costumes for men, so I am anxious to see how this shirt is fitted. I would love to make hubby a shirt that fits him properly. He is short and stocky, so if a shirt fits him at the neck it is waaaay too long in the arms.

  9. Corinne November 11, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    The fabric looks fantastic. Classic, traditional stripe with a great modern edge, very Italian! I am looking forward to the posts, but I doubt if my guy would model. It’s all good, maybe he will consent to a headless photo of the finished product?

  10. Mandee Jo November 11, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Please do fitting for men! My husband helped me sew his Ninja Turtle costume for Halloween. He traced patterns and cut out fabric. I’ve never seen him so excited about my sewing, and doing it together was one of the best date nights we have ever had. I’d love to make him some more things that aren’t turtle costumes.

  11. CGCouture November 11, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    I make my hubby stuff (slacks and business shirts), but I’ve never asked him to model them. Maybe I will and then you can show it to your hubby and be all “see? Other men are willing to cooperate!” :-P

  12. Darci November 11, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Bring on your handsome model! C’mon Mr. Sewaholic! If nothing else, we at least have to see him in the finished shirt.

    My fella would TOTALLY model for me and let me blog about it. He’s cool like that.

  13. Sherry November 11, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    Ooh I love mens shirting fabrics! There can be so much detail in all those little stripes!
    I bet once you have perfected one shirt, you will be asked to whizz up a few more!

  14. The Cupcake Goddess November 11, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Oh we absolutely have to be able to gawk at Mr. Sewaholic in a few posts. Just a few. Please. It couldn’t be as bad as this:

    Mr. S very shockingly and somewhat remorsefully (now) agreed to this photo shoot with me.

    The shirting is just lovely! It’s so hard to find good quality shirting, well at least around here. That will be one dreamy shirt. I’m very excited to see the construction process here.

  15. Catherine November 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Very excited to hear how this project goes. My Mr has been looking for a waistcoat, and I’d love to make one for him and get the fit just right!

  16. TanitIsis November 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    Getting my hubby to post for pics of his shirt last summer was like pulling teeth! Even though he barely took that shirt off for the first week… I, too, would be interested in some visuals on male fitting, however—the shirt I made hubby is one of those “very loose fitting” ones, so it wasn’t much work in that department (aside from figuring out how much to downsize the ridiculously-oversize pattern.

  17. Angela November 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    That’s some awesome fabric! I’ve been wanting to make my husband a shirt, too, and I would love it if Mr. Sewaholic would model for us! ;)

  18. Michelle November 11, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Oh goodness, be careful what you wish for – I have the opposite problem. My husband is a total ham. The last time I took shots of him in a jacket I made him, he couldn’t get enough of the camera. I think he thought he was channelling a supermodel but I really had to get him to loosen up and stop the posing! It is fun to sew clothes for him, I’m glad Burda mag includes some in certain issues.
    Love that fabric, very jealous you have a shop called Fabricana, it just SOUNDS dreamy -lol.

  19. Tamsin November 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    I would love to see a ‘fitting for men’ post or two. When I have finished being grumpy about my dress muslin that is not going to plan, I shall be tackling a shirt for my husband. He is tall, with long arms and keen to have something that is a little bit different. I hope he will model for me, but only after the end of Mo-vember!

  20. Tia Dia November 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    What lovely fabric! I’ve sewn a few things for Mr. Mezzo in my pre-blogging days. He’s modeled for me when I did some costumes for a touring company. I think he’d be game to model if I made something for him. I know he’s hankering for one of those snazzy multi-patterned-coloured Italian shirts…. maybe for Christmas?

  21. Katherine November 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    I don’t get a lot of cooperation at the fitting stage. In front of the football seems to give me a few extra moments, but I have to be quick…prepared with pins and scissors before I put the shirt on him. I even did some fitting whilst he played guitar…challenging as you can imagine. I fitted a muslin for my man fairly recently, but I have stalled at the sewing stage…too busy sewing for me. If you made yours a sew-a-long, I would join in. I started with one of his shirts, rather than a pattern. I have made a muslin. Now I need to transfer the changes back to my pattern.

  22. emily marie November 11, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    This Fabricana place looks pretty amazing! What’s the quality like? I’m just across the border and have long been scheming a full day of Vancouver area fabric stores but STILL haven’t made it up . :( May I ask what your best suggestions would be?

  23. Julie C November 11, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    I guess this doesn’t really count as taking your man to the fabric store since you were shopping for him!! I would do that even though I’d be very distracted by every single fabric in the store!!!

  24. Moeno November 13, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    I’m very excited to see your process in making a men’s shirt. And hopefully Mr. Sewaholic will be nice enough to pose so that we can all learn and make other men wonderfully fitted dress shirts, pretty please!

  25. Tasia November 15, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Oh good, I’m glad you’re all interested in sewing for men and seeing the process. I will keep you posted as I go!

    @Katherine: How cool that you’re making up a men’s shirt too! I won’t make it a sew-along officially, because I’d like to be more organized if I were to make a sew-along.. But, I will post tutorials on all of the steps aloong the way! I bet there will be a lot of new techniques – plackets, collars, cuffs, yikes! It will be fun and something different so I’m excited.

    @emily marie: The quality at Fabricana is fantastic! I’d definitely recommend it when you make a road trip up here. I’d also recommend Button Button and Dressew as well. I’ve been meaning to write up more posts on my favourite local shopping spots as I do get asked where to shop a lot! (Plus then other locals can jump in with their favourites, too!)

    Mr Sewaholic has agreed to model! Likely, it will be ‘below the neck’ shots but at least we can all see the fitting part :)

  26. amber November 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    Love that print! I think it’s going to be a great shirt when it’s all done. Can’t wait to see it. :)

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