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Shirt Patterns For Men...

I've come to the conclusion there is a gap in the market for vertically challenged men (i.e my Boyfriend). Trousers are rarely the problem (they usually come in short lentghs) it's the other things like shirts, jumpers and jackets that are too long in the arms/body.
With women's wear you come across petite sections, as for men I don't think they exist, or am I just missing something. There are plenty of short guys out there, so I reckon places like Burton, Topshop, H&M, Asos all need to stand up, take note and do somthing about it!!! Oi Oi, c'mon pull your socks up. (sorry, rant over!!)

In  the mean time I guess I should be selfless and make my man something?! We've discussed this and well, truth be told he's nagged me to make him a suit for the last five years!! But That, Is, Not, Going, To, Happen! So we've settled on a shirt! He always looks the most awkward in shirts as in the formal variety; sleeves too long, body too long and collar never look…

What's Occurring....

My creativity along with blogging has a been sporadic as of late.There's no real reason, than that's just life really.
It's set to continue too as we're off on our holibobs today!! It's been two and half years since we last went together and 3 years since we had a summer holiday, so we're both looking forward to having some time away and a change of scenery. I've packed some me made clothes, including the mad men challenge dress and it's counter part wiggle skirt.
I nearly packed this little number too, until I tried it on and realised how badly made it is, but I do love this dress so I've stuck it on the alterations
pile to try and rescue it.

In other sewing news: I've been playing around with draping (see images above) nothing major just pining fabric and seeing how it looks, before basting the fabric in place and machine stitching it.

I've got a second version of undies on the go using thicker jersey fabric in black which has a velour …

Tip: Unpicking Hems Quickly

Unpicking must be the worse thing about sewing. It takes  30 seconds to stitch a seam and 20 minutes to unpick the sucker, jeez!!! When I came across a time saving solution it was like hitting, the jackpot especially since I do a fair amount of jeans alterations. This method isn't soulfully reserved for jeans, denim skirts and other heavy weight/ hard wearing fabric can be unpicked using the same method.
All you need is an un-picker (used briefly) and a blade, something like a razor blade or a snap off craft knife........


Using the un-picker I carefully undo a few stitches on the side seam............


The knife/blade can then be inserted into the hem  and pulling the knife away from you and on a flat surface (health and safety!!) the knife should start to slice through the stitches no problem at all....


 Voila the hem can be undone in next to no time.......

Do you have time saving tips?