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Sewing man looking for knowledge

Postby jgstudios » January 24th, 2017, 7:51 pm

Hello everyone, I'm a man interested in sewing. I have pretty much all the gear and tools I need at the moment, but now I'm looking for some specific information or knowledge. First here's how I got into sewing. A long time ago, I had a friend who's dad was a tailor. A total pro, and I did take notice of all the gear he had. Lot's of Pfaff machines and die cutters and pattern paper, cutters, shears, bolts of cloth and leather and big tables to work on. I was young and really didn't think I'd ever really become interested in sewing. I'm older now, and have spent many years as a woodworker, as a hobby, but I have graduated from two fine woodworking schools, so I have a good understanding of craftsmanship, tools, use and care, lumber, planning, and making the project. Now recently, how strange it was for me to find sewing and the similarities it has to woodworking. What brought me here was wanting to fix my own clothes and other things in the house. Just simple needs. Asking my girlfriend didn't always result in a finished item. So I did some research and searched around and got a Singer 4432 HD machine. Simple and it can sew canvas, denim. leather etc. I've already fixed several things in my wood shop - tool rolls, bags etc. I've fixed some clothes and household items. I also created a duck tool cover for my sharpening machine, and made a new cover for my sewing machine. I like keeping the dust off, and a wood shop generates tons of dust. So lately I've been remembering the time I spent in my friends dads shop and I remember him making patterns. I remember him doing that more than any sewing. I was always interested in patterns and how he knew how to shape everything, so my question to all of you is this...is there a book that would explain pattern making and fitting to a beginner and maybe for men, with nice photos, and images and good explanations that I would be able to understand. Not necessarily to actually make my own clothes, (although that would also be a nice benefit) but mainly to get a good understanding of how to make sense of how to measure and lay out the pattern. How to fit it to either myself of someone else. To be able to understand the jargon and vocabulary so I can talk to other sewing people and understand what they're talking about. And also hopefully something specifically for men. I know that I'm in the minority, it's hard to find anything sewing for men online, but I did find a guy on you tube. Joost De Cock. That guy is pretty good, and the pants videos are really good. I learned more from his vids than anything else so far. It's also rather difficult for a man to find anyone that takes me seriously. Most of my female friends that sew, only do so when necessary. They don't really care that much. As a woodworker and a craftsman, I tend to go deep and try to learn as much as I can, maybe a bit obsessive. So I'm hungry for information. Frankly, most people are not interested. The women at the Joann store seem a little freaked out by a man roaming the aisles picking out fabric and thread. It's weird for me too, believe me. Not the most comfortable place, but I don't care. My goals some day are to make my own Chinos, Trench coats, overcoats and shirts. Seems like a very long way off, but I would like clothes that fit well. Anyway, it's a goal. Sorry for being too verbose here. I just want a good book. Thanks to all. JG.
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Re: Sewing man looking for knowledge

Postby KarenVA » February 3rd, 2017, 7:51 am

Lynda Maynard has a great book called De-Mystifying Fit that you might like. And you can always send your measurements to a company to make a sloper for you--for example: http://pattern.stringcodes.com/main_basic.html
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Re: Sewing man looking for knowledge

Postby Karens Krafts » February 3rd, 2017, 8:43 am

I am not a real talented sewer, but love the art of sewing. Mostly do young girls clothes. Most women that sew, quilt. I just can get interested in cutting up square pieces of fabric, sewing them together and ending up with another square piece of fabric. I see the beauty in the finished quilt, but not interested in doing that.
With that said, I'll talk a bit of woodworking. I'm a widow, and my husband was a woodworker by hobby. Would have loved to of gone to some of the schools. He only went to one for turning, and belonged to a turners club locally. He turned our two car garage into a wood shop, and then built me a sewing room on the back of that. Not the best combination with all of the sawdust. I have many, many 'Fine Woodworking' magazines I'd love to give to someone. They start at #101. Not everyone of them, but a good size box. Let me know if you're interested.
I bought an industrial machine several years back and love it for most of my sewing. I made him a very heavy duty apron to wear in his shop, and fishing pole sleeves, so a bit more like some of your project.
We have a woman on here that is very, very talented in construction, and pattern making. She's even helped make sailboat sails. I'm sure she can give you lots of wonderful advice. She's in England, but seems to have a lot of knowledge to impart for where to get info, good books, and sites. I'm sure she'll respond in the next day or so.
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Re: Sewing man looking for knowledge

Postby KathyD » February 3rd, 2017, 2:02 pm

I think it's fabulous that you're willing to break into the world of sewing. With your woodworking knowledge, I'm sure you'll do great!

There's another man, Don Mc Cunn, that has written a book on pattern making. He is a retired professor and still has a forum for discussion. He's very helpful, as is his book.

http://forums.how-to-make-sewing-patterns.com

Jeffery Diduch is another very talented man that sews beautifully = for men. He's on FB and also has a great blog.

http://tuttofattoamano.blogspot.com

Kenneth King is another amazing teacher and tailor - he has classes on Craftsy that you can purchase when on sale. He makes a lot of his own jackets, etc. and is a great teacher. I've met him and taken classes and was thrilled to meet the designer and take the classes.

There's more men sewing than you realize and once you start following these talented guys, you'll find more of them!

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Re: Sewing man looking for knowledge

Postby angelalee511 » February 3rd, 2017, 3:43 pm

David Page Coffin is another male sewer. He has a shirt book that is fantastic IMO and he goes into great detail on measuring and fitting shirts. He shows how to draft sleeves, collars, pockets and yokes. It might be a good book for you. Personally, I think some of the classes on Craftsy on pattern making would be another good place to start. You have video tutorials that you can view whenever you want and as many times as you want. I wonder if you should start with a basic pattern then graduate to drafting your own. At least you would learn the terminology and get practice on how to fit, put the pieces together, alter the pattern, etc.
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