Thread Theory Strathcona

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Look, look, look! More unselfish sewing, it's a miracle! My husband went out of town last weekend for a bachelor trip (Giants baseball game) in San Francisco, so I thought I would have a gift for him upon his return. Originally, I had very ambitious goals for lots of sewing projects, but then I saw that season two of Orange is the New Black came out and that changed my plans a bit. I had to find out what Crazy Eyes was up to!


The pattern above is the Strathcona Henley by Thread Theory, but since the shirt I made isn't a henley I feel weird calling it that, so Strathcona it is. Months ago Thread Theory had a sale and I loaded up on three of their stylish men's sewing patterns and have been waiting for the moment when I felt unselfish enough to sew something for Luke :)

Twin needle success!

This is the first thing I have made for my husband and initially I was worried that I would have to make adjustments and wouldn't know where to start. He works out a lot and I didn't want to have make muscle adjustments for his arms haha. Luckily, the Strathcona is the perfect pattern to test the waters of sewing menswear. Have you sewn a Renfrew? If so, then you totally have the skills to sew this up too!


The directions were very clear and straightforward for this basic shirt, which I am hoping is a good indication of the rest of the patterns. I added the cuff and band options and am happy with the outcome/wearable muslin. The directions warned that the cuffs might be long and the length might need to be adjusted, but they could actually be a bit longer in this case.

He has trouble taking serious photos :)

One of the best parts about making something for Luke was shopping together at The Fabric Store in Los Angeles. I almost want to say that he enjoyed the process of picking out fabric he knew he would be wearing.

Have any of you sewn a Thread Theory pattern? I kind of bought the Newcastle Cardigan for myself...

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Also a quick note to the ladies going to the LA meet up this weekend: remember to bring quarters for the parking meters, cash (not a credit/debit card) for lunch, fabric and patterns to swap (if you want to), and get ready for some fun! Colette Patterns, Sewaholic, Thread Theory, Lolita Patterns, By Hand London, Deer and Doe, Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick, and The Fabric Store have all donated something as a giveaway prize. Are you crossing your fingers that you win something? I know I am :)

24 comments :

  1. Holy hot husband lady! I've made the comox trunks for my man and they were a fun project that he was super happy with, I highly recommend them next.

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  2. I have yet to sew one of their patters, but would love to play withy their undies pattern! I also understand that the Jedediah pants are excellent.

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  3. I've never sewn a Thread Theory pattern but now I really want to! The shirt looks so comfortable! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  4. Ha!! Big muscle adjustments for his arms!! Oh poor you ;)
    This looks great! Like a perfect, comfy, dude basic! I've been a fan of Thread Theory, just on the premise that their men's patterns look like things most men would ACTUALLY want to wear! Have only tried the Jedediah pants so far, but I've got my eye on that Newcastle cardigan pattern (*cough* for myself *cough*) too!!

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  5. Wowza, you should feature your man around here more often :P. The Strath Tee (that's what I like to call the non-Henley version) was MADE for the fabric that you two chose - I have serious fabric envy! It reminds me of a more structured version of the wool knit that they use for Stanfields...kind of like a waffle knit but not so reminiscent of long underwear. I hope you have a chance to make all sorts of future Straths for your husband; they look great on him!

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  6. Well done on the tee! And I think your man should be the next Thread Theory model...

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  7. the shirt looks awesome Erin, and Luke looks as handsome as ever. I haven't tried any Thread Theory patterns yet; Chris is outside of their size range :( But I really like their designs, especially the neck line on the cardigan.

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  8. So nice! I want to make Corey this version of the Strathcona but he claims he doesn't like crew necks, even though he wears his henleys with the plackets buttoned all the way up anyway. Weirdo. Luke looks great and I hope he loves his awesome new tee. Will he be modeling the Comox trunks for us anytime soon, heh heh?

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  9. I'm getting ready to sew this up for my hubby. It will be the first thing I've made him. Yours looks great!

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  10. So awesome! I really want to make one for mine. Even have the fabric! This looks great and you've got a very lucky husband! :)

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  11. Whoa! Amazing. And the shirt too. ;) Now to find myself a hot clothes horse model husbie to sew for.

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  12. What great pictures and post on the Strathcona! I can't wait to make one. Looking forward to the meet up!

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  13. Wow--that shirt looks so professional! I don't think I could ever sew something that D would actually wear. :)

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  14. I'm going to miss the meet-up, which I'm so bummed about. I'd add to your advice… CARPOOL! I get a M*****-f****** ticket every time I got to Mood or The Fabric Store. The meters are only good for an hour and the traffic wardens are super aggressive. Carpool, set timers, and don't let it go even a minute!

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  15. What a handsome guy and the shirt looks amazing on him. I'm super jealous of your sewing meet up - LA is so far away from Seattle!

    Crazy Eyes is my favorite character, too.

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  16. You guys are both so badass haha, I love it!

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  17. What a looker! ;) You two are a fine-looking couple. I"m been really on the fence lately about sewing for my man, trying to figure out if it's worth it... and let's be honest, trying to figure out if I really want to spend my fabric budget on HIM and not me! Maybe I need a "Men's Seiwng Month" to motivate myself!

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  18. Elisabeth McClureJune 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Ooo! Stoked to see this bc my mom recently bought this pattern so we can make my brother some shirts (and, ok, maaaaaybe some for ourselves, too!). Nice to see a review! And I am not gonna lie I have been eyeing that cardigan, too...I think it would be really cozy in a sweatshirt fleece.

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  19. This looks really great! It looks super professional! Luke looks happy in it, too! :)

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  20. Awesome, Erin! You actually got your man to enjoy fabric shopping!

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  21. You did an amazing job of this - it looks so professional! You got a great fit, and it's a great colour for your hubby - he looks HAWT!! ^_^

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  22. You're such a good wife. This looks perfect for him! Big muscle adjustments heehee

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  23. I should probably make something for Wil soon! We should make Luke and Wil matching shirts and then make them both wear the shirts when we meetup in September. That won't be awkward at all bahahaha! Twins Double Date!!

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