Finlayson Sweater and a Giveaway

I finally did some long-overdue sewing for my husband and am so excited to be able to share it!

I received this pattern for free in exchange for testing, but all opinions are my own.

This is the Finlayson Hoodie, new from Thread Theory! I’ve been eying their patterns for quite a while now and have just been a bit nervous to actually plunge into making something for Andy. It’s funny, but when I tell someone I made myself a garment, I get a lot of “That’s so cool! I wish I could do that!”s. I’ve always felt that if Andy were to tell someone I made him something, they’d be more like “Oh…. Can I buy you a sandwich or something? You must have fallen on some hard times, man…” There’s kind of a fine line between hand crafted and hand made when it comes to menswear, in my opinion :)

Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory {{}}

And for his debut on the blog, Andy went with a Captain Morgan pose. Of course.

Then about a month ago, I got an email from Thread Theory saying they had a new pattern and were looking for testers with lots of experience with knits. That’s right up my alley, so of course I applied! And, wow, I’m glad I did! My cousin and his wife happened to be over the day I finished this – he picked it up and went “You made this? No way! It looks legit!” And legit it is! I used the professional finish options – they took a little longer, but are sooo worth it. And I used my regular sewing machine for the whole thing – don’t think you need a serger for this!

Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory {{}}

Morgan, the wife of the husband-and-wife team behind Thread Theory, is seriously one of the coolest designers I’ve worked with so far! She was readily available to answer questions, her pattern was a dream to read and sew from, and she even incorporated a few of my feedback ideas into the finished pattern! How awesome is that? And in case you need another reason to be convinced of her coolness, she’s letting me give away a copy of the Finlayson Sweater! Scroll to the end for the Rafflecopter.

Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory {{}}

On to some details about the pattern (you can read more in her post here). The sweater can be made as a cowl neck or a hoodie. There are two different cuff options that can be chosen based on the type of knit you are using. I used a sweater knit from Girl Charlee – it’s incredibly soft and so easy to work with. I have some in pink and fully intend to make myself a Finlayson as soon as I can – it doesn’t have a ton of stretch, so I will use the wider cuff option.

Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory {{}}

On the left is the inner neck line. Both the back of the neck and the shoulder seams can be finished with twill tape to stabilize them. I lined the hood with this lightweight striped knit which I also used for the neckline facing – that’s an optional, but oh-so-professional touch! I also used the twill tape the finish the inside edges of the kangaroo pocket (on the right) – this is one of my ideas that has been added to the pattern. I don’t have the time/inclination to draft my own patterns right now, so seeing that I’ve been helpful is one of the reasons I love testing so much! It feels like I had a hand in the pattern making process :)

Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory {{}}

Poor Andy. We had to run out at 7:30 in the morning to get these pictures (which is why the light is kind of harsh) because this month has been so hot! It’s been hitting 90 degrees by eight o’clock every morning! He suffered through though :)

Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory {{}}

And of course, one of things that make this feel like a grown-up hoodie is the shawl collar. It’s so much easier than it looks – all the steps are clearly written and accompanied by illustrations, so it’s easy to see what’s going on. I love that such a professional pattern gives such professionals results!

Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory {{}}

OK – ready to win a copy for your man (or yourself!)? Enter the giveaway below. It’s open until midnight 8/12/14 and the winner will be emailed no later than 8/14/14. Good luck!

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  1. Maegen says:

    Hmm…. something fun about Nathan. He would probably want me to make his sweatshirt with some sort of fishing or BSU theme to it. If he let me sew for him. I might have to surprise him with one and let the pattern speak for itself!

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Haha! I really wanted to stencil something funny (like “That’s what I’m Tolkien about”) on it, but knew he’d never wear it if I did!

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Thanks Terri! The pattern goes up to an XXL (50-52″ chest). I made the large for Andy and the fit is perfect! That’s also what he wears in RTW :)

  2. Darcie says:

    Love this, so glad you got to test it and share! Let’s see… I have sewn one thing for my husband, a crazy fur jacket like 15 years ago. But he always really wanted me to make him a plaid tuxedo, just for the funny.

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Hahahaa! I love that! Andy’s the same way – he does HVAC and is always bending over and showing off too much :)

  3. Ashley says:

    So cool! I’m always on the lookout for patterns for my husband that he would actually like and wear if I made it for him. I think this is it :) He is actually underway right now as he is in the Navy but he’s pretty fun when he’s here and around ;)

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      This is such a great pattern! The collar definitely gives it a “Navy” feel – my brother is a Marine and I think he needs one, too :)

  4. Jess Z says:

    My husband is my biggest fan. He loves telling people when my daughter and I are wearing something I’ve made, which can be embarrassing. :) He’s 6’5″ with a 34 waist, so it’s so hard buying RTW that fits him well. I’ve made him boxers, but definitely going to give this pattern a whirl this fall!

  5. Susan says:

    My brother would love this for fishing. He loves being in from of the camera so I know I’ll get a few fun pictures of him in it!!

  6. Jenniffer says:

    Would do this for one of the goofiest g. nephews that I have. He is also 6’4″ and only 14 yrs old so clothes are a hard fit

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Andy himself shot up to 6’2″ at 13 and I fully expect my boys to do the same! Good thing we can sew :)

  7. Janey Millar says:

    Hmm, something interesting about my other half Si, well, he has great taste in women for starters!
    He is incredibly fussy about his clothing, way more than me so if I could pull this off and make it look this good, he would be very impressed!

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Haha! That made me laugh :) If even the test version looks this great, imagine how amazing it will be now that the pattern is finalized!

  8. Beth B. says:

    I would love to win this pattern, because my man would probably sew it himself! He recently asked me to teach him and he’s completed one project. A t-shirt is next!

  9. Margo says:

    My husband would love his hoodie! He lives in them. :) Let’s see, he would probably want me to sew a patch on it for one of his jam bands. :)

  10. Angela says:

    My husband has crazy long arms which come in very handy reaching things for me so I don’t have to climb the counters. He would love for me to sew for him so his sleeves could be long enough. My teenage son too if it goes well for hubby.

  11. Joyce Hamilton says:

    When my sons were little, I loved to sew for them & they loved it, too. Now that they are adults, I’;d love to make them something so professional looking. They love nice things, so there ya go :)

  12. Gillian says:

    Fun fact about Jamie? He wears a hoodie ALL THE TIME! Hoodie over his dress shirt at work, hoodie over a tank top all summer, hoodie as pyjamas. Oh, and they are all black. All black hoodies, all the time!

  13. Helen Cloke says:

    I’ve sewn up three thread theory pattern so far and love them all! My husband only owns one sweater, so the Findlayson should be next on my list….

  14. Annemarie says:

    Hi, your sweater really looks lovely! I’d love to make a version of my own (for me and/or my boyfriend).

  15. KLujan says:

    My poor husband. He sees all this fabric I buy and I am constantly making new clothes for our girls and even have made a few things for me. He keeps asking, “When are you going to make me something?” He’s actually envious I haven’t made anything for him! This would be an excellent start. I just recently discovered Thread Theory and I can’t wait for a few more patterns so I actually have some professional looking clothes to sew!

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      My husband was the same way! I think this pattern is an excellent “beginning to sew for men” pattern! The results are terrific, and it’s really quite easy :)

  16. Fooniks says:

    Your version totally looks legit, I think I don’t have much of a choice to make a Finlayson for Mr.Man. I probably have to make a few adjustments tho and make it with a front zipper closure as he hates pull over hoodies.

  17. jeni says:

    I’m terrified to sew for my husband and he’s always asking! You did an amazing job. Definitely an inspiration to try!

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      This is an excellent one to start with! The pattern is much easier than it looks and it turns out fantastic!

  18. Lightning McStitch says:

    Your sweater looks great. Nice touch with the twill tape. I showed my husband the pattern when it launched and we’re both keen. Poor guy just keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list when some other exciting idea for the kids or myself takes over.

  19. doray says:

    I would sew this for my husband! He is always complaining that I have never made anything for him. He has also lost 32lbs and think something like this would look fantastic on him. Plus, we live in the Bay Area and hoodies are a staple :)

  20. Lauren says:

    He owns an online science fiction bookshop! I’d make a serious hoodie with a secret space fabric inside the hood.

  21. fenna says:

    love the hoodie!!! And, my man already wears some Thread Theory….the cardigan was a great hit, and he’s got some Comox Trunks in his closet as well! (this’d be a great addition ;) )

  22. Jen says:

    My husband has been well outfitted by Thread Theory. He looks forward to every new pattern release, he requested this one before I even knew it was out!
    I love your professional finishes.

  23. Rebecca says:

    Not only would my husband wear this, but I would also love to make one for my dad, my brothers, my brothers-in-law…could be good for many birthdays!

  24. Michele says:

    My hubby would love this!! He is a huge superhero fan so I would love to incorporate this into something for him!

  25. Michelle says:

    That is a REALLY nice pattern – I definitely think my hubby would like one of those! They’d be really nice gifts for other men in the family too! I always struggle with handmade gift ideas for adult males.

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Ding ding! We have a winner! Please email me at pins.n.needles.2013 at gmail dot com so we can send you your pattern!

      I’m planning on making this as Christmas gifts this year, too! My brothers-in-law are the hardest people to find presents for :)

  26. Annette says:

    While I would love to say that I would make this for my husband – I can’t, he wouldn’t! My son, on the other hand would “love me forever”! Gotta love a 17 year old that wear homemade clothes :). pre

  27. Jennifer Ferrell says:

    Beautiful finishing touches. That cowl neck drapes so nicely. I know my husband would get lots of wear out of this.

  28. Kathy says:

    I would make this for both my young adult sons. It’s fun for us all for them to have one-of-a-kind garments made by me!

  29. Wendy says:

    I would sew this for my husband–he is a welder and strangely enough, between welding and sewing we speak a pretty common language. When I sew things, he refers to it as “fabricating”.

  30. Linda P says:

    This is a great pattern especially as there aren’t so many for men out there. My husband deserves to have something nice made as he’s always being dispatched to the sewing shop in his lunch hour to buy supplies. I’d love to win this and make him the shawl collar knit.

  31. Aileen says:

    It is a great pattern! I know my boyfriend will love wearing one of those hoodies. This would be the perfect opportunity to finally sew something for him! :)

  32. Gateau jones says:

    Wow. Looks like such a comfortable wear, and I love the details. It’s masculine and has just a touch of sophistication. Your striped lining is inspired! My Mister would love wearing this!

  33. Yategirl says:

    I’d love to make this for my husband and I think even my teen son would love it too – there are some fab knits out there and I’m sure I could customise it to suit each of them! Great giveaway – thanks x

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      I kind of can’t wait til my boys are big enough to fit in this – I can see some adorable Christmas pictures coming up!

  34. Mary says:

    Something fun about my hubby? He builds, sells, repairs and plays guitars. (And builds fire trucks for his day job.) Fun enough? Thanks for the chance to win.

  35. Liz says:

    Ah, something fun about my James, hmmm… he’s always up for an adventure and makes me laugh when I’m angry. He’s a wonderful partner who deserves a well fitting jacket to take to work

  36. Tamsin W-P says:

    Hi, I have been following Thread Theory too and love their stuff. Unfortunatley Husband is not the willowy type to I have to enlarge the patterns a little for him. You wanted something fun – he loves cycling but doesn’t love the lyrca look being a larger gentleman! Not so fun was that he came off his bike a couple of weeks ago and not has 3 broken ribs and is feeling very sorry for himself :(

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Oh bummer! Maybe a new sweater would be just the thing to cheer him up :) It has a great size range and I think it looks fantastic on my not-so-willowy-either husband!

  37. Cammie says:

    I’ve been stalling on making a Newcastle until I could find a way to convert it into the type of jumpery-thing my step-dad likes, so this would be perfect! He’d probably want something army themed.

  38. barbara says:

    My husband is a bit cautious when i tell him i’d like to sew for him. So my make must be really good… :-)
    I’d love to surprise and convince him!

  39. Misty says:

    This is a perfect hoodie for my husband to wear for work. Currently he has a bright yellow jacket and the guys at work call him “the Gordon’s fisherman”. Good thing he has a good sense of humor!

  40. Danalee says:

    The guy I would make this for currently wears a hoodie with a giant unicorn head glued onto it. Perhaps he could use something a little more normal….

  41. Aimee says:

    I would sew this for my brother. He’s in his early 20’s and always lounging around in cozy clothes, and I think this would be perfect for him.

  42. Joanne says:

    I love your version of the hoodie! It really makes me want to make it for my bf because he has something similar. I’m a little bit afraid because he’s so picky but this might just be something he really would wear. Plus if I go with all of the pro details you mentioned, how could I go wrong?
    I loved hearing about the testing process. So cool that Morgan used your feedback!

  43. Rita says:

    I’m totally going to make one for my boyfriend! Or maybe two: one really funny for lounging at home and other more sporty for a Saturday afternoon bike ride!
    The pattern looks really professional, but is it feasible for a novice?

    happy sewing!

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Absolutely Rita! The pattern is very well written and the cross over is not nearly as hard as it looks! I would make your fun one for at home first, just to make sure you understand how it goes together and then do the nice one second. I would definitely recommend giving it a go! Good luck :)

  44. Emilie says:

    Love the sweatshirt! I recently finished the jedediah pants for my husband and this sweater would make a good addition to his wardrobe.

  45. Angie H. says:

    I don’t make much for my sweetheart of a husband but he certainly would love to have this. I need to break out my surger I’m trying my hand at knits. He is very athletic and is been known to wear a hoodie or two even though he’s almost 50 he’s a wonderful husband very supportive of all the crafts I do

  46. Sophie-Lee says:

    I agree about Morgan – I’ve emailed her a few times and she’s so good to deal with! And I’m a total Thread Theory fangirl, I own every pattern so far (although I Haven’t made the pea coat yet).

    My husband is a big fan as well!

  47. Naii says:

    Cool! I’d love to sew for my husband! I made a mistake in his last pants, his hands doesn’t fit in one pocket, i made it too small!!!

  48. Mary ito says:

    Love to sew for my husband! In his last pants i did a pocket too small for his hands , but he still asks me to sew garments for him!

  49. Amy C says:

    I want to make this for my husband. I’m always making things for me and the kids. He said he wants me to make him something, but he never seems to need anything and there are so few good patterns for men. I think he would love this! Yeah for great men’s patterns

  50. kristonlion says:

    I’ve never actually made anything for my man. He’s pretty picky so I’m nervous it won’t be received well. and if he likes it, I’ll need to make several more! hahaha

  51. Kat says:

    Ohhhh, your version looks profesh :)I’m happily awaiting all the versions that will pop up on the internet so I can gleefully check out all the ideas before I make one for my husband. I love Thread Theory, the Henley Tee & Jedidiah pants are big wins for my fussy husband!

  52. kim says:

    something funny about the man i would make this for is that he snores so loud, yet doesn’t believe me that he does and makes fun of me for snoring. it’s like the pot calling the kettle black and i still, to this day, don’t know if he really believes he snores loudly. i swear, i’d put on ear plugs if i didn’t worry about missing my two year old waking up and calling for me. i guess it’s more sad than funny ;-)

  53. Gina says:

    This is so great Amy!!! Love that you made something for your hubby!!! My guy has been pestering me to make something for him too and I just love this!

  54. Alison says:

    My hubby won’t buy anything new for himself but will buy things for me and our 4 kiddos, would love to make him something new and JUST FOR HIM :)

  55. Jenni Jex says:

    My hubby is always so proud of anything I make for him. That’s one of the things I love about him! I made him boxers a few times, but this would be something he could actually show off! Lol If I don’t win, I’m going to put this on my pattern wish list for sure!

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