Men's Sewing Patterns

They have always been somewhat hard to find pre 50s. They made them, sure, but I guess the norm of well dressed fellas went to tailors. I can understand that, there's a lot of construction that goes into a suit as opposed to a dress or a day frock. I mean, with women's clothing, the construction was in the girdle, not as much the outer dress.

I have a modest collection of men's patterns from that era. I wish I had more. Im still on the look out for slacks from the 40s, so if any of you know of any, let me know!

Even in reading the language of these pattern illustrations, I can see these garments are very involved. Its seems to be an unwritten rule that men's clothing be finished with flat felled seams! Oy!
I have a repro of this pattern in my etsy store!!


I think this pattern is amazing. Simply described at a 'professional Jacket'. That could range anywhere from lab technician to pharmacist to barber. It goes all the way up to a 48 chest!

Yes, father and son matching shirts. Women were not the only ones to do it!



I love the guy with the pipe in the above pattern. Its like he's saying, "Hi. I'm a man and I'm in a smoking jacket."

These boxers I repro'd and I also made them. They have to be one of the most intense garments Ive worked on. Man, men!

5 comments:

  1. Ooh, I like your mens' collection. The top one if my favorite. When I get a chance to look through old counter catalogs, sometimes there are more patterns for men than one would think (although it is still usually less than ten). The most I payed for a pattern was a mens pants pattern from the 40s, at $20! And they're way off in size from what my boyfriend wears :(
    Of course, I saw another one the next day in the right size for only $15. Oh well.

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  2. You are so right, men's patterns from any era are hard to find but pre-50's is almost impossible. I have a few and love the pictures. The men in the picture looks like Walter Pidgeon in his prime.

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  3. Wow-wee. Who would of thought that they would be so difficult. Fabulous design.

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  4. Is it just me, or do the boxers look a little on the feminine side? I could see wearing them as shorts.

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  5. I am dying to have a pattern for the Butterick professional jacket. I am opening a retro barber shop, and have only one of this style. I want to make a few more.

    Do you have this still?

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