Handmade Wardrobe // Fairfield Button Up

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Hi Everyone! I've got a few super quick snaps of a rare example of some un-selfish sewing to share today. Also an opportunity to introduce the latest Indie label to be added to our pattern collection here at SEWN, Thread Theory Designs Inc.

We've been asked on several occassions about menswear patterns, and with Christmas approaching I thought now was a great time for the addition. Thread Theory was launched in 2012 by canadian duo Morgan & Meredith with a strong focus on wardrobe staples for men. Their packaging (as you may have spied from our Instagram feed) is gorgeous. Each paper pattern even includes a woven garment label as the perfect finishing touch.

So the latest offering is the 'Fairfield Button up', a classic mens shirt with a tonne of customisation options. Not only do you have the options of a pleated or darted back piece, giving an easy or slim fitted finish, there are also a second set of front piece options for gents with a rounder tum.


I made up a sample for my other half in some soft and snuggly Kaufman Mammoth Plaid cotton flannel. I pre-empted the fabric being a little bulky for certain aspects of the pattern, like the pointed tower plackets which I left square and the flat felled seams. I simply removed the extra quarter inch allowance and overlocked them as standard.

I didn't pay too much attention to plaid matching, only making sure that the horizontal stripes were aligned (my attention span life's too short!!). The yoke, cuffs and patch pocket are cut on the bias and I found some solid metal buttons which I think add a nice touch. I need to go back and add the extra buttons / buttonholes as they're a little sparse but I wanted to get it finished up.



The fit isn't perfect (I didn't bother with a toile as I wanted it done post haste) but it's pretty good off the bat. The cuffs seem a little shallow so I think I'd add a bit of width there next time, and Matt needs slightly longer sleeves and a little more room in the collar. There's also perhaps a touch of excess needing easing out at the back armscye. He loves it all the same and I'm sure it'll get lots of wear as the weather gets chillier!

So what are you folks making? Anyone on menswear duty? I think the Comox trunks in particular would make a super Christmas gift!

Happy Sewing x


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