How about some menswear?

Sayward Checkerboard Raglan

My husband got a new tattoo this year, so of course I had to make him a shirt to show it off!

I knew I wanted this Cali Fabrics Black and White Checkerboard Knit as soon as I saw it. It’s a perfect weight for t-shirt – one of the things I love about Cali is that Ron’s fabric descriptions are so reliable! He says it’s light mid-weight, and that exactly right.

Sayward Checkerboard Raglan

For the pattern, I used the Thread Theory Sayward Raglan, which I pattern tested and blogged about on the Thread Theory blog last year. Jamie likes the neckline and proportions, and I like how fast it is to sew! (The other clothes I make him are hoodies and pants, and those are much more work!)

Sayward Checkerboard Raglan

Curious about the tattoos? Both that you can see on his forearms are related to his true nerd love, the Fantastic Four! (Comics, not movies, because it’s never translated well to screen!) The checkerboard design comes from Alex Power’s Future Foundation suit, and the 3 hexagons is the logo for Mr. Fantastic. I’ve got a matching tattoo of the Invisible Woman, aka. Mrs. Fantastic!

What can I say? The family that nerds together, stays together! He supports my sewing, and I support his collecting!

Sayward Checkerboard Raglan

Do you sew menswear? This February we’ve been hosting Sew Menswear for Everyone month at the Sewcialists. Go check out our hashtag on Instagram if you want some inspiration!

P.s. As of writing, there is still 20 yards of this checkerboard fabric left! It’s such a classic print for everyone who loves a bit of punk/skater fashion!

Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow

Hi! My name is Gillian, and I love to sew! I blog at and I run the Sewcialists.

I’ve enjoyed sewing since I was a kid, but when I started sewing clothes in 2012, it became a bit of an obsession. I’m all about wearable, comfy everyday clothes – and my wardrobe is overflowing! I’ve pulled all the colours that I love wearing into my personal colour palette, which keeps me inspired and my fabric shopping on track. I’ve ordered from Cali Fabric for years, and I’m so excited to be able to join their blogger team!

I live in Ontario (Canada) with my nerdy and awesome husband and our two cats. I’m a teacher by day, and fabric hoarder by night!

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1 thought on “How about some menswear?”

  1. You are right there is little in +XL range for men. I am going to have to try this pattern. I’ve just been working on grading a raglan jacket whose largest size is size smaller than my husband’s. In your tshirt pattern, however, he is 3XL in height, chest & waist, but will need grading down to M-L hip, and up to 5XL shoulder (front and back) and neck. What I’ve learnt fitting my own short and busty shape is helpful but doesn’t always apply straight forwardly to men’s shape and there are few men fitting guides

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