Striped Strathcona Henley

Mr Blogless Anna is too shy to show his whole face, but that’s not what your here for readers is it?  Oh look, he’s wearing Thread Theory’s soon to be released 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
Size:  Large
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″.

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  • Anna, I reckon that it looks fantastic! Very impressed with your placket, especially as you chose to do your first in jersey! And you’ve fitted it nicely. I reckon that Mr Thornberry might end up with one of these too (with similar fit adjustments for the middle age spread factor). I still need to sew up the Thread Theory jacket though.

    • Thank Lara. I am feeling really pleased with this make! The fitting did require some serious side seam unpicking, but it was all worth it! Now I just have to cross my fingers and toes that he’ll wear it! I’m about to embark on Oliver + S’s hopscotch dress for Miss A. Any wise words? I’m thinking of making a 5 with the length of a size 6 or maybe even 7. It’s to wear on the weekend – I’m going to try 3/4 sleeves so it’s not too nightie-ish.

  • I think it looks great. I’ve never considered sewing for my husband before. Hmmm.

  • What a great top Anna! I disagree on the black cuffs, the striped cuffs are more subtle and the focus is on the contrast button placket instead. Looks store bought!

  • Super top! Is he a fan? Because I think it looks really good on him. I think if I were to make anything for my Mr, it would be this. He likes simple, fitted tops.

    • This is a very good question Joanne. He said thank-you, put it on, was nervous about posing for the blog photos (think stiff as a board!) and then took it straight off. The henley has been folded and added to the top of his long t-shirts pile in his cupboard (that was me!). The test will be if he wears it on Saturday!

  • Fab make! The placket looks really professional.

    • Thanks Sarah. It’s always great to try new things and have a bit of success. I hand tacked the bottom on the placket in place before machine top stitching it, and that made what I thought would be a nightmare step super easy!

  • Great pattern – might try it myself for both me and him indoors. Men do wear and make clothes you know ladies! But I normally focus on shirts or trousers and haven’t used jersey yet. That is such a well finished tee though!

    • Of course you do! The instructions are detailed (great for those not familiar with sewing with jersey) and they offer easier to sew (ie. using woven fabric for the placket) or more challenging options. I’m also considering making this without the placket if my Mr wants a basic layering long sleeve tee and my sewing time is limited.

  • I like it! My hubby is tall, thin and athletic … their patterns seem to be perfect for him. I definitely want to make him the jedidiah pants first cause he can never find RTW that fit well. I will have to add these to the list now. Oh and maybe it all has to wait til I’ve had baby and got the energy back! 🙂

  • The tee looks great. haven’t heard of Thead Theory – off to have a look

  • Anna you’ve done a fabulous job – I love the black placket it’s a great contrast.
    You’ve tailored the fit really well too.
    The guy who lives here is always asking me to make him things too – I have my eye on the Thread Theory Pea Coat – it will be a big make but I think it’s great.

  • […] Variation 1 using an awesome striped jersey paired with a bold black contrasting placket (see her great blog post for all the details of her sewing process):  This version of the henley looks so classic and RTW! […]

  • This is excellent. No henley’s in the future but if they come up with a good short coat/winter jacket I’ll def. jump on it.

  • Looks great! I am just making one myself -can I check it how you made the neck band. The pattern calls for it to run down the fabric which is a bit odd as I would normally cut neck bands across the fabric so it picks up the stretch. It looks like you have done exactly this, is that right?