Here it is the first pattern in the Bobbins and Buttons pattern collection for the guys, the Dean pattern. This completes the trio of raglan sleeve sweatshirts and establishes the pattern range as a true family affair. The Bobbins and Buttons pattern range now caters for ladies, kids and men with hopefully enough sizes among the styles to fit most people.
Dean is essentially the same as the ladies version Lynn and kids version Theodor but cut for men. Just like the kids and ladies versions Dean is a great blank canvas, ideal for mixing print and plain fabrics, embellishing or hacking.
Mixing plain and print is such an easy way to convert this simple style into something more special. Contrast or miss-matched ribs also add a new dimension.
The neck is finished with a neckband which is the only part of making this style that is slightly tricky.
As part of a response to customers asking about more in-depth tutorials for some elements of the Bobbins and Buttons patterns I recently launched a you tube channel to demonstrate some of the techniques. The first tutorial I published was how to apply this neckband which is the same for the Lynn and Theodor.
As the hem and cuffs are also finished with rib bands the whole garment can be made using an overlocker and no other machine, which is great fun if you love whizzing about with an overlocker or if you have recently started using an overlocker and want some practice. However like Lynn and Theodor Dean can be made with a standard sewing machine as well.
You might know that all the Bobbins and Buttons patterns are named after people who have inspired me. The write up at the beginning of the instruction book explains who and why. The Dean sweatshirt is being worn by the real Dean who is generally the photographer for all Bobbins and Buttons projects and patterns. ( I say generally because he had to set up the camera, lighting and shots but let me press the button on these ones!!) Its not easy to find a fellow creative that not only understands your ethos and vision but whose own style works well along side. This collaboration was born after he booked a sewing course as a gift for his girlfriend several years ago. I love the way things turn out sometimes. Dean is a very skilled photographer and videographer with a variety of work in his portfolio that now includes sewing!
I hope you enjoy the new pattern. I would love to hear how you get on. Do share your pictures and tag us on social media.