Striped Strathcona Henley
I’ve just finished pattern testing the Strathcona Henley and it’s a beauty. The pattern is well drafted and the instructions are very detailed, which is just how I like them!
This is my first ever button placket and it’s in jersey (I must be mad!). It’s not perfect, but is a definite pass. I had a lot of trouble with the bottom buttonhole as my automatic buttonhole foot didn’t like the bulk of fabric at the placket base. After a little bit of foot stamping, I ended up using my machine to manually finish what the buttonhole foot started. The result is what I’m calling a ‘good save’.
The Strathcona Henley is a ‘modern’, ‘slim’ or ‘athletic’ fit and I made some minor tweaks to accommodate Mr Blogless Anna’s unique body and his middle age spread! I traced the large and then removed 2 1/4″ from the length and shortened the sleeves by 4″ (Mr Blogless Anna is of the short-armed variety). Looking at the photo below, I think I got a little carried away with the sleeve shortening and I’ll add back an inch next time. Yes, there will be a next time!
Seam allowances are 5/8″ throughout, but I sewed the side and underarm seams with a 3/8″ seam allowance for a more flattering fit.
My only regret with this make, if you can call it that, is that I wished I’d used the contrast black jersey on the sleeve hems.
Do you sew for any men in your life? Is there a Strathcona Henley on your ‘to do’ or ‘wish’ list?
Pattern: Strathcona Henley by Thread Theory
Fabric: Poly/cotton striped jersey from Clegs
Alterations: Removed 2 1/4″ from the length and shortened the sleeves by 4 inches. Sewed the side and underarm seams with a 3/8″ seam allowance rather than the specified 5/8″.