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The Sewing for Men Challenge Contest Is Over! See the Results.By DianeSev on 8/27/13 1:28 PM

Poor men. Not only do they not have the style choices women do, but they don't have the pattern choices either. And when you look in most men's pair of shoes, maybe two? How can they stand it?!

This contest was a chance to beef up the wardrobe in our men's lives and give them more options in the fashion department. It was also a chance to practice sewing those features that show up in men's clothing that don't show up in women's clothing.

The challenge was to sew an article of clothing for a man - pants, shorts, tee, shirt, jacket, bathing suit, etc. Accessories weren't allowed in this contest. For more information, see the rules.

24 PR members participated in this contest, at least two of whom were sewing for themselves! Never fear... There were no doubt many male "consultants" advising the other sewers so that they could get it right.

And what did they sew?  Pyjamas, boxers, jeans, underwear, vests, and of course that staple of men's wardrobes: shirts! See the entries here.

And the top votes went to contestants who sewed men's shirts!

Let's meet the winners.

First Prize Winner: Maribee for Self Drafted Pattern: 255967-1000 Dress Shirt

First Prize Winner: Sewing for Men

Maribee is a brave woman!

First of all, she took apart one of her husband's shirts for this contest, a shirt that fit him well. Second of all, she made her own pattern from it. And third of all, she entered the result in this contest!

Not that any of this was easy, mind you. Even taking the original shirt apart required her to pull out, as she says, "a million stitches."

She cut the new shirt out of 100% cotton oxford cloth.

She says that not having written sewing instructions was perhaps the biggest obstacle, but she calls it "a wonderful learning experience" and says that she has a new appreciation for written directions in purchased patterns.

She didn't have to make any alterations or adjustments, since the original fit him so well.

She says that if you're looking for a challenge, you might want to consider deconstructing a garment like she did. It wasn't a quick project, but it was one that she found very rewarding.

Her client Smile enjoys wearing the shirts she's made and in addition, likes them monogrammed, so she'll continue being his tailor.

The upside to all this is that DH has decided he needs a fabric stash all his own, so he's always willing to check out every fabric store they find!

Congratulations, Maribee!


Second Prize Winner: sewmaris for Islander Sewing Systems: 203 Classic Men's Dress Shirt

Second Prize Winner: Sewing for Men

Congratulations, sewmaris!

And congratulations to everyone who entered!

Thanks to Sarsez for managing this contest.

See all the entries for this contest.

See the Contest Report and Rules.

Read the “behind the scenes” contestant talk.

14 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
mammahead said... (9/3/13 4:56 PM) Reply
The biggest problem we have had is finding suitable fabric for men. Shirting around here seems to mean LOUD Hawaiian prints!!
Lynn WA said... (9/3/13 10:30 AM) Reply
Congratulations to both of you - beautiful and inspiring sewing!
velosewer said... (9/2/13 6:06 AM) Reply
Congratulations to all the entrants and the winners. You've all done an amazing job.
MrsCharisma said... (8/28/13 2:08 PM) Reply
Congrats!! You made AMAZING shirts! Very well constructed and well fit. And don't forget the matching of those patterns! :) Very impressive.
PurpleTurtle said... (8/28/13 1:19 PM) Reply
The shirts are beautiful. The time spent taking a shirt apart was well spent. Congratulations to all who entered.
Deepika said... (8/28/13 12:39 PM) Reply
Wow, that was quite an undertaking Maribee. I can see how rewarding it must have been. Congratulations to both the winners and to everyone else who participated. What an inspiring contest.
tgm and Kittys said... (8/28/13 8:38 AM) Reply
Very well made shirts! Congrats to you both.
iSewQuiltArt said... (8/28/13 6:27 AM) Reply
Beautifully sewn shirts!
Nancy Rhodes said... (8/27/13 10:53 PM) Reply
Lots of Lucky DH's DS's and DSIL's in this one... I liked every single entry...
JEF said... (8/27/13 8:54 PM) Reply
Wonderful shirts - congrats to the winners!
grays08 said... (8/27/13 4:42 PM) Reply
Wonderful shirts that truly showcase what sewing and tailoring can be!
kealoha said... (8/27/13 4:03 PM) Reply
Congrats! Great job and gorgeous shirts. Definitely a labor of love :)
Ashford said... (8/27/13 2:33 PM) Reply
Maribee and SewMaris, enjoy your well deserved prize! Instead of sewer, I may need to refer to you as seamstress from now on. Very nice stitching. Bravo and Encore to all the contestants. Your projects were superior quality. You give me a goal to reach for in my skills.
JennyQNY said... (8/27/13 2:11 PM) Reply
Congrats to the winners and their handsome models!

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