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Menswear // The Thread Theory Strathcona Henley

Thread Theory really are my go to for menswear patterns. They haven’t let me down yet!

The Strathcona Henley was no exception!

I made this as a present for a friend and it was just one of those things that’s a nice easy make which makes you feel like you should always make gifts for others!! (That’s not actually going to happen btw… šŸ¤£)

The Strathcona is essentially a long sleeve t-shirt with an optional button placket at the neck.

I made mine out of some Albstoffe jersey I got from Sister Mintaka and some leftover grey rib knit from this project.

For the first time ever I actually hand stitched the placket.

I’m normally the first person to throw instructions and hand needles out the window and hop straight onto my machine but I could tell this project needed a little TLC. And that’s because the rib knit that I used was really quite fine and prone to shifting even under a walking foot. In these kinds of cases, the only way to get a neat finish is to hand baste and then topstitch where necessary – in this case where the reinforced square is at the base of the placket.

And it all came together beautifully!

No photos of it on I’m afraid, but I have seen it in person and it does fit pretty well!

This’ll definitely be my go to basic menswear stretch pattern for any future makes I think. The only comparable pattern I’ve made is the classic men’s T-shirt from the Sewing Bee book Fashion with Fabric which I’ve always thought had weird sleeves and an odd fit. I think, with a short sleeve, this’ll be more like a typical classic tee than that!

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