Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thread Theory Strathcona Henley

Thread Theory Strathcona Henley

I knew I wanted to make my brother Ian something as a present to say thanks for letting me monopolize his Berlin floor space with an air mattress/exploded suitcase for ten days. I already had the Thread Theory Strathcona pattern, and I already had this fabric, so motorcycle henley it was!

Thread Theory Strathcona Henley

The awesome jersey is from Wanderlust Fabrics. I was a teensy bit worried that it might be a little too theme-y or cutesy for a guy's shirt, but I squashed those teensy worries and forged ahead, because I thought it was really cool fabric. Ian is a big fan of motorcycles, and actually has a vintage BMW back in the states that I'm sure he pines for daily.

motorcylces
my dad and my brother

In the end I think my teensy worries did in fact deserve to be squashed, because the motorcycles are small and and subtle enough to be ok!

Thread Theory Strathcona Henley

The Strathcona came together pretty easy. This was the first placket I've done on a knit, and while it took a bit of extra coaxing to get the fabric to feed during the topstitching, it wasn't too bad. Fit wise, I just kind of guessed and cut a S, and it fits great. It's nice and slim and modern around the middle. The sleeves ended up getting shortened 1" because in my bleary, half-asleep, last-minute sewing episode I fused a non-stretchy interfacing to the hem edge and it was no bueno. But I thought they looked kinda long anyway [or so I told myself] so I just cut them off and re-hemmed.

One slightly weird thing about the pattern to note is that the front and back pattern pieces are full pieces with a right and left that you're supposed to cut through a single layer, even though the right and left appear to be the same. There's probably a reason for this that I wasn't seeing, but it could have taken a lot less paper if they were both just on-the-fold pieces. I actually did end up folding them in half and cutting them that way because it was easier, quicker and took up less space.

I also cut the neckband cross grain instead of along the non stretchy length of grain as the piece indicated, although to be honest I didn't even notice it was labeled that way until after I made it and I was googling to see other people's Strathcona's and saw it mentioned. Sewing autopilot!

These pictures were taken on a narrow street in Prague. It was quite a painful experience for Ian, and I'm glad that I was able to twist his arm enough to get a few shots!

Thread Theory Strathcona Henley
Thread Theory Strathcona Henley

Bleerrgghh, so embarrassed.

I would totally make another Strathcona for him, although I don't know if he'll ever accept another one for fear of having to get his picture taken again...

Thread Theory Strathcona Henley

And now it's time to pick the winner for the Fancy Tiger Sailor Top pattern giveaway!


The winner is Carrie with comment #46. Thank you all so much for your comments! I LOVED reading all of your fabric choices, since we all know that picking fabric is one of the best parts about sewing.

11 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I love that you made him take pictures. And that turned out great!

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  2. Aww, you and your brother are so cute! . Beautiful pics, too. Glad you talked your brother into posing so we can all see his cool new shirt.

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  3. I'm feeling a bit embarassed that I gravitated to your brother's airstream first vs. the shirt!

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  4. Oh that's awesome! I haven't made a single thing for my husband yet and that pattern is more interesting than the Jalie men's tshirt.. It's also the sort of thing I'd steal to wear myself whenever he wasn't looking

    The print is cute and discreet! I pinned this but I made sure to do one without his face since I think you're saying he's a bit self conscious and maybe the idea of his face on the internet much further than your blog would really keep him from modelling again ;)

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  5. Very cool indeed! Prague. Such a great city!

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  6. What a great sister and what a great brother! He looks great in his new top. Totally digging his bike as well. My dad has an old Honda CB400.

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  7. Your brother totally rocks his new shirt (and now he'll be totally embarrassed that random women on the internet comments on his pictures)! I'll need to show this pattern to my boyfriend, I think he might really like it :) I've never made a knit placket either, it sounds all stretchy and scary!

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  8. This is such a great shirt and it looks awesome on your bro! What a nice gift! My friends and family know my rule... if I make it, you model it! ;)

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  9. I missed your giveaway but hubba hubba! Your brother's picture made my heart skip a beat! It's so nice when the very girly world of sewing blogs give us a little eye candy. Thank you.

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