Men Who Like To Sew (and those who want to learn!)

 

At Ray Stitch, our passion is sewing and making, and we want to share that with as many people as possible. Sewing should be accessible to everyone and we hope that message comes across with everything we do. We pride ourselves on having a fairly even split between male and female customers in the shop, so we know that guys are making stuff.

Despite the recent upsurge in the popularity of sewing, many classes, books and even patterns are aimed at women, and it is often the female voices that are heard across social media. However, there are some great sewing blogs written by men if you know where to look.

Male Pattern Boldness was started by Peter Lappin way back in 2009, when he first bought an old sewing machine from eBay and taught himself to sew. You will find sew-alongs, tutorials and videos for beginners as well as inspiration for more advanced stitchers.

Man Sewing with Rob Appell positions itself as 'where creativity meets caffeine' and Rob himself is definitely full of energy! There is a free tutorial every Monday and he covers all aspects of sewing including quilting and garments.

Image taken from the Thread Theory website. (All rights reserved)

 

Thread Theory Designs was launched in 2012 by Morgan and Matt Meredith with the aim 'to bring menswear to the forefront of the DIY fashion movement'. They are bold and stylish! Their website incorporates everything you need to get started from tutorials and sew-alongs to a curated shop and a range of very wearable menswear patterns. In fact, we will be using their Jedidiah Jean pattern for our jean making class! (Read on for more details) They are also very popular on Instagram so you can get daily inspiration from their squares too.

Blogs and the internet in general, are a great resource for learning new skills and techniques, but there is something very different about learning together. At the Sewing School at Ray Stitch we cater for everyone and at every level of experience - and although we do have men who participate in our classes we would love to see more guys signing up.  All our workshops are suitable for anyone, regardless of gender, so please regularly check our site to see what's on but these upcoming classes might be a good place to start?

Make a Coat or Mens Workwear Jacket
Begins: Thursday 05 April 2018
Ends: Thursday 12 April 2018

Make a Woven Tee Shirt
Friday 06 April 2018

Make a Rucksack or Cross-body Bag
Monday 09 April 2018

Jeans Workshop - Men's & Women's Fit
Begins: Tuesday 17 April 2018
Ends: Tuesday 08 May 2018

As always, we want to hear from you! Are you a man who sews? What would you like to see more of? Or do you want to learn? What can we do to help? You can leave a comment here, find us on Instagram or Facebook, email us info@raystitch or if you are in London then pop in and tell us in person!

Because it makes us so happy to see what our customers make, and sharing is such a good source of inspiration for others too we are starting up a hashtag just for the men! Tag your photos of works in progress, finished garments, quilts, cushions, anything you have sewn! with #raystitchmen

Have a great weekend and happy sewing!