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.
- A split hem vent feature which is an added touch.
- Optional chest pocket included.
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.
Love notions also has the boys’ alternative which is the Driftwood Henley and Polo T-shirt.
I have since made the crewneck Dockside and the crewneck Driftwood for my son. These were made for my Minerva ambassador post. If you would like to read about them, here is the link to my Minerva post.
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