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« on: March 18, 2006 01:26:28 PM »

Hey, I've been looking around on this site, and I really really want to attempt making my own clothes. I'm a 14 year old guy, and I've never made my own clothes, except for stenciled shirts, but I might other methods soon. Anyway, I want to make my own clothes. I have a little little sewing experience, but no experience in knitting and I don't know how to crochet. What can I do, I'm looking for some unique clothing, and I really want to try making my own. Can you guys point me to any tutorials and useful links? Thanks in advance.

« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2006 04:53:03 PM »

mens tut's might be hard to find because in my experince most tut's seem to be for skirts and dresses...

I would check out the recon page (right below completed projects) if you are just starting to sew it is easier to start with something and turn it into something else then starting from scratch..I would also learn how to make a pair of pajama pants.

as for learning to sew mens clothes I would become a master at inserting zippers, buttons and button holes. Most mens clothes have one of these features because other than sweats ...men tend not to wear strech knits.

I alway commend male sewers who sew for themselves because mens clothing is VERY difficult to make
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2006 04:30:30 AM »

im a guy its not really much we can do really unless you get in to hardcore sewing
most of my projects are either jazzing up collared shirts
stencilling,belt buckles. dying clothes etc
heres a few of my projects Undecided

i have recently started to learn how knit its much fun for some reason ive got to listen to potishead whilst doing it

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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2006 06:33:46 AM »

Thanks, I'll look into those, I like the belt buckle. If anyone has anymore help, please keep them coming.
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2006 11:58:20 AM »

Actually, most casual shirts (except button-up ones) seem to be knits.  You can take any sort of men's t-shirt or long-sleeve t-shirt pattern and jazz it up with sewn-in stripes, stencils, nylon straps and d-rings, grommets, whatever.  Board shorts don't require zippers, you just need to be careful about making them baggy enough (tip:  don't use a stretch fabric pattern with a woven fabric!)  Boxer shorts and around-the-house pajama bottoms are easy to make and useful.  Pants and jackets are harder but you can start with the easier stuff and move on to things with zippers, sewn-in pockets or fitting issues.

Women's clothes are just as, if not more difficult, it's just that there's a greater variety overall, so there is also a greater variety for the beginning seamstress.
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2006 01:26:32 PM »

I make a lot of clothes for my husband, and the real trick, is finding a pattern that *first* is nice.. (its hard to find nice men's patterns in America)  You could always take a trip to Rome and stock up..
anyway.. www.sewingpatterns.com is probably your best bet.  What I did is find a pattern that fits him well, and that he likes.  Once you find a pattern you like, you can really alter it any way you like, Making funky weird big pockets, etc. etc.  I would say first find a pattern that has a cut you like.  I like the flat front pants... I hate all those pleats in the front of mens pants.. yuck... anyway, using a flat front is easier anyway if you are going to be sewing on your own pockets.  And you will have to really practice putting in a zipper if you are new to sewing, it can be confusing to just go by a pattern's instructions, and would be a lot easier if you could watch someone do it one time.
good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2006 02:33:23 PM »

If you're learning to sew, you might want to join Pattern Review. (http://sewing.patternreview.com/) It is a general sewing site, with a lot of reviews and forums where you can learn a lot. Most of the members are women and they sew mostly women's clothes, but the techniques can cross over to men's clothes. And there are a few men. One of the forums has a long thread on how guys can learn to sew, and I recently saw a post by a man who'd made something like forty shirts all from one Kwik Sew pattern he'd picked up secondhand--he'd varied the details so each looked different.


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