The first MENS pattern – meet Dean!

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.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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