Sewing for Men

To me, sewing for women is so much more fun.

We wear dresses! We wear prints and bright colours and a variety of shapes and silhouettes. We become completely different women with the change of an outfit!

Then, there’s men. They wear pants and shirts. And jackets, if it’s cold. Generally (and feel free to comment if you disagree) they wear neutral or basic colours.

Anyways, the point of this story is that I have to sew for a man, sometime this year, as part of my Top 10 Sewing Projects list, and my big question is what will I make?

Men’s suits, coats, and pants are incredibly detailed and time-consuming to make. (And a bit scary!) Or, there are the classic man-projects of cotton boxer shorts and flannel pyjama pants, the latter of which I have already made for the man in question. (He loves them, so it was a good project, but I can’t always default to making pyjama pant after pyjama pant, I must challenge myself!)

Anyways, unless I come up with a new, brilliant (and not-super-tailored) idea, he will be getting another pair of pyjama pants. Any ideas, or thoughts on sewing for men? What do other seamstresses make for the men in their life?

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8 Responses to Sewing for Men

  1. Jessica March 31, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    I know what you mean – men’s clothes are all really similar! I want to make my husband a few dress shirts – he works in a somewhat casual environment (university) so he doesn’t need formal suits or anything. He’s not sure about the idea though, because he hates new clothes, but I figure if I put them in his closet he will wear them. I have made him handkerchiefs, and he loves those – he complains that the store bought ones aren’t soft enough.

  2. Erica March 31, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    What about a nice vest or a jacket for when it does get cold? Men seem to be hard to sew for since they don’t accessorize and have a large variety in their wardrobe (at least it seems most men are this way). I suppose it comes down to the style and tastes of this man. Does he dress up often (ties, suits, dress pants, etc.) or is he causal and laid back (jeans, t-shirts, etc.)? Have you made jeans before?

    Good luck!! I hope you are able to figure something out!

  3. The Cupcake Goddess March 31, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    I have not actually sewn for the man in my life yet. But funny enough he is the next project on the list. I’m going to try a pair of jeans for him next. Complete with distressing and everything. I’m very very excited about these. Would totally love it if someone did it with me…. I’ve bought all the supplies and am sewing them from Kwik Sew 3504. he he he.

  4. Tasia March 31, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    Jeans! For men! Oh my god, you women are brave. I was thinking maybe a dress shirt, if I decide to venture out of the pyjama pants rut.
    Sunni, I’m very impressed with your ambition and will have to watch for updates on your blog. I checked out the Kwik Sew pattern and it got good reviews, maybe I will try it at some point!
    My guy does wear both business and casual clothes, so I do have a lot of choices. I’ll keep you posted on what I pick, thanks for the comments!

  5. Ryan April 2, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    Ryan (her man) votes for jeans. Thanks Ladies!

  6. Serendipity Handmade April 6, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    I’ve never sewn for my man before, but he’s requested some button-down shirts. I’m not brave enough to try to make one yet, but one day I will. I agree…sewing for us is much more fun. We have so many choices!

  7. Scooter June 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    A tailored shirt, obviously!

    They’re relatively simple in shape, but have sophisticated fitting and finishing. Plus, the skills are totally transfer-able to your own shirts.

    Check out the David Page Coffin Shirtmaking book–it’s fantastic.

  8. James June 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Hello Ladies
    Your men are so lucky to have such wonderful women in their lives. I’m lucky if I can get the women I’ve dated to make coffee, never mind clothes. But anyway. Try a mans Tunic shirt,. a simple pull over, No collars, cuffs or that anoying stretchy stuff that sweat shirts always have at the wrists and waist. I’m learning to make them for myself. I like them, simple, plain and comfortable. .