Sew Menswear #Blazerof2016 Challenge!

So this blog post is a little different
than my normal and rather than showing you what I have made recently, it will
hopefully inspire you to take on a sewing challenge!  You must have noticed my opening image?

Let me explain. A few weeks back I asked my
Twitter followers what I should make for my next sewing project and one reply
from Janene  @ooobop caught my attention
and got us ‘talking’ via the ether of social media. Janene suggested I make a
man’s blazer with bound lapels (the ulterior-motive being for her to pick up my
‘hot tips’). Now as you all probably know I love making jackets and coats so
this would be a good excuse to make another jacket!
Now this is where things took a bit of a
turn….Although I love making menswear I am in the minority. I just don’t see
many others making clothes for men and it’s a shame. So championing the cause
for more people to make menswear I suggested Janene made a jacket too, well a
bit of a ‘sew-off’ really.
So #Blazerof2016 was born!
Starting today and finishing in June we
want you take the challenge and sew a piece of menswear, in particular a man’s
blazer! I know we see many such sewing challenges throughout the year but they
are always for women clothes. With this challenge we are trying to raise
awareness of sewing for men and also trying to get people to think about the
limited range of menswear patterns available: Did you know that menswear
patterns account for less than 6% of all the commercial patterns available!
I know many of you will be a little wary of
such a challenge, being a little different and edging into the realms of
‘tailoring’ but really, making a jacket isn’t that hard: Although I have been
sewing for years, I only made my first jacket about a year ago! (I’ve made a
few more since though!).
We want you to take the challenge use the
hashtag #Blazerof2016, tag us in your tweets @ooobop and @maledevonsewing to
share your progress, problems, cries for help but above all share the finished
garment.
Janene has created this fabulous badge and
we want you to use it too. Add it to your blog, share it with others in your
sewing network and lets get the word spread for #Blazerof2016.

The ‘rules’ are simple:
  •       Make a Man’s blazer/jacket
    using any pattern of your choice or draft your own?!, it MUST be a piece of
    menswear though!
  •       Your choice of fabric suitable
    for a jacket.
  •       Can be fully lined, part lined
    or unlined (although if unlined the seams need to be suitably finished).
  •       Must have some sort of pockets
    (your choice again: Patch, Flap, Welt).
  •       Your choice of vent at the
    back, either single or double.
  •       Your choice to have
    opening/buttoned cuffs or not. 
  •    Jacket to be completed by June.
That’s it really; we want you to be as
creative as you can. We want to see jackets with flair, bold colours or
patterns but above all we want you to try something different. Have a go and
you might get the menswear-sewing bug. Here’s a few ideas…

Pinterest.com
Aliexpress.com

Kingblazers.com
Aliexpress.com

Leave a comment below or with Janene if you are ‘in’ and use
the badge to promote the challenge. Don’t forget to head over to Janenes blog
at ooobop.com and see what she is saying
about the challenge. Remember this challenge is for fun. Take your time and enjoy the process!

OK time for me to go and pick some fabric!

Until next time….Happy sewing

16 Comments

  1. Found your blog from Ooobop's last blog post – brilliant, a male sewist! I shall definitely be following the blazer/jacket sew-off and looking forward to picking up some tailoring tips. (I'm a bit scared of jackets/coats, although I did have some success with a coat years ago.

    1. Author

      Thanks. Well I think you should join us? Later in the proceedings if you like as there is plenty of time. Glad you found my Blog too!

  2. Hi, you've caught me mid jacket! I love sewing menswear especially when I want something technical, rather than a quick make. Since I retired I don't need formal wear so the men in my life have had a few new shirts, trousers and waistcoats. I invested in an online Savile Row tailoring course so the blazer I'm making is my first properly tailored jacket. I'll be involved in anything that promotes what I love. http://www.sew-it.biz

  3. I"m going to make a casual wide wale taupe/beige corduroy jacket. I have an vintage style pattern from the mid 1990's that is simple, roomy and confortable to wear over sweaters, hoodies, etc, just a great basic wardrobe staple.

    1. Author

      I knew I could rely on you Corey. I love corduroy and look forward to seeing it finished!

  4. I'm in! Late last year I bought a Vogue Men's Suit Pattern and some fabric and lining, as my other half always has difficulty finding jackets to fit. This challenge will spur me on to complete it!

    1. Author

      Great stuff Marguerite. The idea was to get people sewing something a little different. Keep us updated as you go.

  5. What a wonderful challenge! I have agreed to sew jeans for my husband in the next few months but I know he would certainly not turn down a nice blazer, too. While I doubt I will be able to play along in real-time, I am so pleased to have found your blog via Janene's post–you do excellent work and will definitely help feed my "dude sewing" inspiration! =)

  6. How exciting! I love coming to your site to drool over your stunning tailored jackets so I can't wait to see how the challenge progresses 🙂

  7. I'd love to join in but the timescale doesn't work for me as I'm sewing for my daughter's wedding in June – this includes a waistcoat for the groom. I have beautiful fabric and lining for a jacket for my husband but he's having to wait again. Because we can't find the right pattern, I'm going to be making my own; I've bought a couple of books on pattern cutting for men. I'd like to follow along for the moment.

  8. I'd love to join in but the timescale doesn't work for me as I'm sewing for my daughter's wedding in June – this includes a waistcoat for the groom. I have beautiful fabric and lining for a jacket for my husband but he's having to wait again. Because we can't find the right pattern, I'm going to be making my own; I've bought a couple of books on pattern cutting for men. I'd like to follow along for the moment.

  9. I just stumbled upon this. Consider me in! I'll also try to drag my sewing bud Enrique along. He's been wanting to do some tailoring, but keeps making shirts instead.

    1. Author

      Excellent! Can't wait to see what you make. Def get your friend to join us as well!

  10. I just started a Burda jacket when I found your blog. This is an unlined jacket. I am using fusible interfacing since I am a newbie.
    Wonderful blog!

  11. I love sewing jackets and coats! I find hand stitching so meditative! I'll just be following though, my unselfish sewing quota is shot – made a tailored peacoat for DH. I do have a blazer for myself in the works, so I'll be watching with interest!

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