You know the saying Once in a blue moon? Today is one of those days, for we have a new sewing book for the guys!
The book is called Basic Style Menswear for sizes S-XXL (5 sizes), All seasons mens casual wear.
There are a few shirts sewing books for Men, and some patterns scattered here are there in sewing magazines such as Cotton Friend (where they realize that Fathers need to be included in family sewing projects as well), but very few books dedicated to Mens casual wear alone and even fewer that are updated in design. I’ve always wondered how difficult it would be to combine all those sewing patterns into ONE book, since according to my DH’s wardrobe, all they need are shirts, pants (for more formal occasions), t-shirts and shorts (for casual occasions). That’s it!
Finally, someone (Nihon-Vogue) did and now you have it, the one book you will need for sewing Mens casual wear.
As simple as a guy’s wardrobe needs to be, the patterns are also grouped into broad categories – A to G. The clothes are designed by 7 different pattern designers. Namely,
Toshio Kaneko, Rika Komoro, Chiaki Boshi, Megumi Kobayashi, Michiyo Ito (of May Me fame), Yoko Nishikawa and raynoar.
Pattern A – Boat-neck T-shirts in short (pattern 1 above) /long sleeve (pattern 2) versions
Pattern B – Crew neck (in short sleeve) and Henley (in long sleeve) variations. Mix and match the patterns to get a crew neck long sleeve tee + a henley short sleeve tee. That will be like 2 bonus patterns not featured in the book but you can get out of the patterns.
Pattern C- Shirts. 3 variations. Make them dressy with a winged collar,
Or a simple every day shirt.
Those of you who may fear the process of making a Men’s shirt, don’t. I’ve done it before with a book which has instructions far more complicated than this one. Did I mention this book has step by step instructions with full color photographs for 2 of its projects? Lesson 1 covers the making of a shirt.
Easy peasy! You can do it!
Next up, Pants… Pattern D – Easy Pants
As the title suggests, these are simple drawstring pants with side pockets, in long…
and short versions.
Pattern E – Parka
This pattern can be made into 3 variations – a hooded parka (above), a trainer (below) – this is what it’s called in the book but I think it’s more appropriate to call it a sweater?
or a buttoned cardigan, with side pockets (pic below). Quite metrosexual, this design… 😛
The other pants pattern included in the book is also a casual type with a elastic waistband and fake fly opening (i.e. the fly is sewn on and there is no actual fly opening).
Pattern F – Tapered Pants
Comes in long, cropped cargo and knit pants versions (the knit pants are matching with the grey sweater in pattern 13)
The last category is for outerwear. You can make this Nylon quilted vest
Military style jacket
or this Duffle Jacket.
and because Moms always get matching pattern sets with their daughters, there is a special recipe section that attempts to make the world a fairer place 🙂
Matching patterns for Father and Sons! The patterns is adapted to be a little cuter and easier to wear for the little boys.
Lesson 2 with full colored photographs, is for the Cropped Cargo Pants (the one with the elastic waistband + fake fly opening).
Included in the patterns are two Men’s accessories patterns – a Body Bag as well as a Snood.
For the How to make section, there are 5 sizes included, ranging from S-XXL. The size chart is indicated below and they did take into consideration the fact that different sizes mean different heights as well, whereas for most female sewing books they tend to base it on an average height of 160cm.
The terms on the left most column are : Size / Height / Bust / Waist / Hip / Shoulder width. All measurements are in cm.
A standard how to make page – note there is a chart for the completed garment size. Do refer to this before deciding the size to make, as the completed garment size will give you a sense of the fit of the garment. So depending on how fitting you want to make it, you may wish to size down or up and adjust the length for height instead of sticking to the size chosen using the body measurements.
A closeup of the diagrams used for sewing instructions.
2 sheets (each printed on both sides) of full size patterns.
Title : Basic Style Menswear
ISBN : 978-4-529-05385-3
Publisher : Nihon-Vogue