Readers, while I try to maintain a clear plotline here at Male Pattern Boldness, there are usually a few subplots going on, not all of which I discuss publicly.
One of them has been going on since last August, when MPB reader Pam (yes, that Pam) sent me a link to a photo she'd seen on Tumblr of the most remarkable looking Mackinaw men's coat with a distinctly 1920's silhouette (to my eyes anyway). It was love at first sight.
Parenthetically, friends, please don't send me links to photos of highly desirable garments I'm likely going to want to sew for myself -- it's very distracting.
So I would LOVE to make myself a shawl-collar men's mackinaw. I'm guessing mackinaw coats have some military or hunting origin but I'm too lazy to find out. Anybody know off-hand? Actually, I think it's Pam's responsibility to cough up some research since she planted the seed in the first place, don't you?
More photos of shawl-collar mackinaws, the third one down a repro Levi's makes for their vintage line.
I looked high and low for a men's mackinaw pattern but do you think I could find one? I could not. What I was able to find, however, at an affordable price, was a boy's mackinaw pattern.
Close inspection suggests that this coat is, for all intents and purposes, a scaled-down replica of an adult men's mackinaw pattern.
Readers, I bought it.
I'm not going to try to scale it up so much as use it for inspiration to draft my own mackinaw pattern. The shape of the torso and sleeves is not very different from the peacoats I made two years ago (version 1 and version 2). And I have lots of books to help me draft a shawl collar.
I know this is quite a departure from my neoprene adventure. All I can say is, blame Pam.
WAIT: could there be such a thing as a neoprene mackinaw? (!)
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!