The Strathcona Henley
Posted on Thursday the 18th April 2019 by Sewstainability
Hey Minerva Makers!
It’s Vicky of Sewstainability here but the eagle eyed among you might notice that it’s not me in the pictures! For once I got behind the camera as I’ve been doing a bit of sewing for my husband. He’s been asking me to make him some things for a while now, so I showed him the selection of Thread Theory Patterns available on the Minerva website and he was instantly drawn to the Strathcona Henley.
I really like the look of Henleys, they remain nice and comfortable to wear but look a little bit different to regular t-shirts. I absolutely love this pattern because as well as the Henley view, it has a regular t-shirt option, and a choice of long or short sleeves. So I don’t think I will ever need to buy another t-shirt pattern for my husband!
When I asked what kind of jersey he wanted, he said grey (clearly we need to work up to the bright yellow that I am drawn to) so I had a look around for the perfect grey. As soon as I saw this lovely anthracite grey Cotton Jersey I knew it was the one. My preferred jersey for t-shirts like this is a cotton/elastane blend – soft and natural fibres blended with the excellent recovery of the elastane. This one is has 95% cotton and 5% elastane so it has really good stretch and recovery and I love that the colour is slightly marled.
This t-shirt is the first placket I have ever attempted. For a clean look, I chose to make the placket out of the same jersey but there are instructions for you to make it out of a woven fabric to make it easier to sew. I wish I had gone for that option as the stretch made it a bit shifty and the placket isn’t quite as neat as I would like. I think if I had made the placket out of some grey linen or chambray it would have added interest and would have been WAY easier to sew. Why do I never make life easy for myself?! Despite saying that, I am pretty pleased with it for a first attempt, and now I know how it works I am confident that my next one will be better (and there will definitely be more!).
The gorgeous finishing touch are these Olive Wood Buttons. My husband loves them and I suspect he will be requesting a shirt with these in the very near future. I think he would gladly have them on everything from now on if he could get away with it. Fortunately, I don’t mind - I think they are really attractive and the woodgrain adds a nice bit of interest.
Despite the small flaws that seem obvious to me, my husband loves his new t-shirt and has asked me to make him lots more. He says it’s comfortable and wears it as soon as it comes out of the wash so I think we’re definitely onto a winner! The paper pattern was lovely too and even came with a little sew-in ‘Thread Theory’ label which I forgot to sew into the shirt until it was finished! Argh! Never mind though, now I definitely have to make him another one to use the little label in.
As always, thanks to Minerva for supplies! Incidentally, I don't think I have ever had a Blogger Network project ready SO ahead of time before - my husband wouldn't stop pestering me for his t-shirt so this was rushed to the top of the queue! Anyway, until next time, happy sewing!