Embroidering for men can be quite the challenge. Traditionally, embroidered fashions are not readily embraced by American men unless the embroidery is a favorite sports team’s logo, NASCAR emblem or uniform patch. And men can be really picky. It’s okay with them if they purchase a $75.00 polo shirt at the country club and the embroidery is not as crisp on the pique fabric as you know it should be. And there’s no problem if it sports a clearly visible 4” bullet-proof patch of heavy cut-away stabilizer behind the embroidery. But if YOU made one of those mistakes on his golf shirt, well, heaven forbid. One very smart lady – married 36 years – told me after she bought her sixth machine – a top-of-the-line embroidery dream machine – she just informed her husband that this machine doesn’t stitch menswear. He believed her.
But you don’t have to go to that extreme. You can stitch menswear and please the man in your life. Just follow the same basic guidelines you use when stitching fashion garments for yourself. Make sure placement is correct – left chest embroidered designs should be straight and centered in the left chest area. The only way to achieve perfect placement is by using a left chest template. You’ll nail the placement every time. I use the left chest template from our Perfect Placement Kit
to flawlessly locate the center of the left chest in a variety of sizes.
Select a strong, but sheer stabilizer. Polymesh, fusible or non-fusible, is perfect for polo shirts. Use a beige polymesh on white knits to eliminate stabilizer show-through. Polymesh is also very comfortable next to the skin in comparison to a rough, itchy, heavy cut-away. If decorating a knit pique, use a lightweight tear-away on top of the fabric to provide a crisp, clean edge to the embroidery.
Stitch a sample of the intended fabric, embroidery design, stabilizer and thread. Our friends at OESD say, “There are only two kinds of embroiderers, those who test and those who wish they did.” Well said!
Since that’s the traditional route for menswear, let’s not overlook today’s contemporary styles of embroidered menswear. The young guys are way bolder than their older counterparts. They’re not afraid to flaunt large – really large – embroidery designs splashed asymmetrically down a shirt front. Often, these same designs cross over the side seam so they are visible from the front and back. They do tend to tread softly when it comes to color. They opt for monochromatic looks in soft, muted shades of gray, cream, brown and even purple (think smoky plum). Often, the shirts are a narrow stripe or small print. The scale works perfectly with the large designs.
And it’s creeping up the age bracket. Take a look at Tommy Bahama® – their camp shirts are emblazoned with 10” or larger designs. That brand is definitely geared to the Baby Boomer guy. You know the one; he just can’t help himself from swaying to the music whenever a favorite Beach Boys’ tune blares.
Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, wouldn’t you like a chance to use that left chest template from the Perfect Placement Kit
? Leave a comment and you could be our lucky winner. Tell me what type of embroidered fashions the men in your life are wearing.
Do they go for the single design, left-chest placement? Or are they more adventurous and prefer large, splashy designs? What about that conservative cuff monogram? Is that the extent of the embroidery they’ll display? Can’t wait to hear what the trend is in your house!
The winner of the Embroider It Yourself Boatload of Bags CD from last week is… Sylvia!
on June 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
I like how the large bags look, generally on younger girls. I once purchased one and my fashion police daughter said it was too young for me! If I get a larger bag I just seem to fill it and cannot find anything in it but when I carry a mini bag I find I don’t have everything I need!