I made a second T-shirt for my husband during a collaboration #sewingformen with a sewing friend (Button and Pip). This sewing collaboration is meant to encourage us to sew more for the men in our lives who are often left out. We choose to start with T-shirts for episode 1 which are easier. We each chose a pattern for the other to make and reveal on a specific day. This is also meant to encourage other sewists to have a go at sewing for the men in their lives. We also intend to document a database of men’s sewing patterns at the end of every episode. I sewed up the Love Notions Dockside men’s henley and polo Pattern, which was not the easiest but turned out really good.
Here is the Youtube review video if you would prefer to watch it instead.
The Dockside men’s Henley and Polo is a casual shirt which could easily become a year-round favourite. This is because it can be worn in both cold and warm months depending on the features you choose.
The Dockside men’s T-shirt features:
Three collar styles: polo, henley and crew.
Two sleeve lengths: short sleeves for summer and long sleeves for the colder months.
The pattern comes in sizes XS up to 4XL. I sewed up size L which I blended into XL.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the instructions were very easy to follow. A video tutorial (included in the instructions) was very helpful with the collar and button placket construction.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the instructions on choosing the right size especially with the help of the back width which is a less common measurement. The pattern has a lot of ease around the waist area considering many men carry a lot of weight around that area. However, I had to remove a lot of this ease to make it semi-fitted which my husband prefers.
I used a turquoise cotton jersey fabric from Fabrics for all, Leeds. The fabric recommendations for this pattern are athletic wicking fabric, baby french terry, modal, and cotton spandex.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took out a lot of ease around the waist area which has a lot to do with my fabric of choice which made it rather boxy than drapey.
I lengthen the shirt by half an inch.
I omitted the split hem when I took in the side seams.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Of course, I will always come back to this pattern. It comes with many features to choose from. The Dockside pattern is drafted for all levels of sewists. The crew neck option is perfect for a beginner whereas the henley and polo are a step up for the more experienced sewists.
If you sew your own clothes, I am sure you know what Me Made May is. However, if you don’t, no worries I have got you. Me Made May was started by SOZO from So, Zo What do you know. It is a personal challenge among sewists, knitters, crocheters (basically anyone who makes items they wear) to wear their handmade items more often throughout the month. The challenge is meant to encourage makers to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. Everyone is free to set their specifications on how they intend to go about it. Majority of the participants go ahead and document it on their social media especially over on Instagram.
This is the third time I have taken part in Me Made May, however, it is just this time that I have been able to document what I have won every single day. I have done this daily on my Instagram Page and also a weekly roundup on my Youtube channel.
Here is a playlist of my Me made may videos from my Youtube channel if you prefer to watch.
I was on the fence about taking part until the first day mostly because the whole world has been on lockdown. I rarely look that presentable if I am staying home with nowhere to go. However, I took the plunge and I have successfully worn either an item or complete handmade clothes for the entire month of May. I should say May is also my birthday month (1st May).
Here is a round up of what i wore the entire month grouped into weeks.
This challenge is meant to help you develop a better relationship with your handmade wardrobe, however, it also highlights the gaps you have in your wardrobe. It also helps you identify what you may need to improve in regards to your handmade wardrobe. By the end of the challenge, I have identified two key areas I need to put more attention to.
Firstly, I need to deep my toes into jeans making. A well-fitting pair of jeans is an item I struggle to find in the stores and when I do they are quite expensive. I realised when I wore a blouse or top, I could only pair it with my RTW jeans. I have recently purchased the Meghan Nielsen Ash Jeans sewing pattern which is a step in the right direction.
Secondly, I plan to be more intentional whenever I sew up separates such as a skirt or pants that I plan or sew up an item I would be wearing it with. Unless I do this I will be left with wardrobe pieces I have spent time making but never wearing.
All in all, I have enjoyed taking part in me made may and I can not wait for next year. Did you take part in Me Made May? And if so, what lessons have you learnt from the challenge?
I recently participated in the completed Me-Made-May which is organised by Zoe Edwards of @sozoblog. Me-Made-May is a challenge which is designed to encourage sewists to develop a better relationship with their handmade. Any sewists who chose to participate was at liberty to set their specifics of the challenge depending on what they are comfortable with.
This was the second Me-Made-May I have participated in and I enjoyed the ride. Last year, when I joined the challenge I did not fully understand what it entailed having only been actively sewing my clothes for barely a year. And I probably did not have a lot of me made garments in my wardrobe to wear throughout the month.
My pledge this year, was to try to wear something Me-Made everyday especially when I had to leave the house. I did not care much about what I wore at home as you are least likely to find me smartly dressed. I also made it a point to document every day I wore a me made outfit on my Instagram.
Details of what I wore each day of me made and details about each outfit can be found on my Instagram.
At the end of such a challenge, it is expected for one to learn a few lessons about themselves and their handmade wardrobe. This challenge highlighted the gaps in my wardrobe and where I need to put more attention.
Firstly, it is clear I have only made just one pair of pants (one I am proud to show to the world) and a handful of skirts (about 3) which I wore in rotation during May. I hope to give trousers/ pants and jeans making a try as all the ones I wore were RTW (ready to wear). I plan to also sew up more skirts and tops or t-shirts as these are that many in my wardrobe.
Our 10th wedding anniversary was fast approaching and I thought of making a beautiful dress to wear to dinner at our anniversary mini-moon. I remember passing by my local fabric store and I had some time to spare which led me to the pattern books. I passed through quite many of them but the Burda 6829 stood out for me and I knew it was the one.
Burda 6829 is a multi-sized dress pattern that goes from size 8 up to size 18. And it comes in two options A and B of which the only difference between the two is the length from the waist to the hem. Option B is 3 inches or 8 cms longer than option A.
This Pattern is fitted dress with waist gathers on one side which makes it rather flattering. It is recommended for a 4-way stretch fabric which makes fitting it much easier compared to woven fabrics.
From the pattern sizing recommendations, I was meant to make
size 36 /10 whoever when I read recommendations from others who had sewed up
this dress, they all seemed to recommend sizing down to the next size. I cut up
the smallest size (size 34/8) and it was my perfect size. And I also went for option B which slightly
longer as I found it more appealing.
The instructions were easy to follow and It comes together
quite fast as it is with most knit fabrics if you are able to sew it up with an
overlocking machine /serger.
The interfacing used for the neckline seemed to have been of concern of most people who had sewed up this dress as it kept popping out since it was not anchored anywhere inside the dress. So I decided to omit it and instead folded the neckline over once and sewed it down using my coverstitch machine.
I used this gorgeous knit velvet fabric in wine from Minerva Crafts which sewed up really well. And it also washed very well, however, extra care was taken while ironing it (I guess it is the case with most velvets) as it almost melted on me before I had lowered heat of my iron.
I made a sway back adjustment on the pattern piece.
I omitted the neckline interfacing.
The dress came out really well and it honestly exceeded my
expectations and of course the hubby’s too.
I was really chuffed about it. I can confidently say that this is the
most fluttering and smartest dress I have ever made in my less than 2 years of
I Plan to sew up this pattern again and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a smart occasion dress to wear.
Josephine is an entrepreneur, blogger, public health professional who loves sewing, baking and is passionate about a healthy and natural lifestyle.