Vintage Sewing

Menswear: Simplicity 5399

April 1, 2014

SURPRISE! I’m back! Quick, right? Today I have a project that I consider more throw-back than vintage: Simplicity 5399 from 1981. Truthfully, I don’t think there’s been the same type of evolution in men’s fashion as there has in women’s. Most men’s patterns seem timeless to me. These shorts were my first foray with sewing a men’s garment. Aside from the obvious, sewing these wasn’t much different than sewing clothing for myself. This came as a surprise. A certain competitive design/sewing television program had led me to believe that menswear was somehow more difficult or challenging than women’s.  It’s not; with the exception of the client. 😉

Both my husband and I are thrilled with his new shorts. Now that I’ve tested the water, I see more menswear in my sewing future! Do you sew men’s garments?

See you soon,


  1. I’ve done a men’s long sleeved casual button down, which turned out t be easier than I had expected. Otherwise I haven t done any men’s sewing unless you want to count unisex PJ bottoms… lol.

    The shorts turned out great. Love the fabric you used on them. 🙂

  2. Great shorts and fab pattern matching. Is your ‘client’ really picky? I’ve recently made 3 shirts for my fella and he is soooo picky about pattern matching, stitching lines, everything! Drives me crazy but he is pushing me and it’s a good thing.

    1. OH. BOY. He is incredibly picky! We had a couple head-to-heads while I sewed these, but it was worth it in the end. We’re both really happy with the result. Hopefully your experience worked out as well!

  3. I had made my husband long sleeved button down also and it was easier that you would think in fact the hard part was getting all the buttonholes to match; I need to get a buttonhole attachment or something.

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