Commenter "d" had the following thoughts to share on the lack of male sewists:
Mostly it's cultural: men aren't supposed to sew, so they don't. And those who have some interest get discouraged by the treatment they get from people like the clerks at fabric stores (who look at me like they think I'm going to rob the place, until they get used to me.). And the *total lack* of decent patterns for men's clothing.Interesting, eh? I think there are some good points here, even though I'm a humorless old feminist who bristles a bit at men complaining about getting poor treatment because of their gender. But I see what d is saying . . . we live in a culture that has certain expectations of traditional masculinity, and those expectations do not include being interested in sewing.
But what I really liked about his comment was the point that men's patterns suck. From what I've seen out there, I would have to agree. Even vintage patterns for men are pretty boring (though their envelope illustrations are unintentionally hilarious, usually involving pipes and ascots - or both!).
From what I've observed about contemporary men's pattern collections, they are either:
2) Containing a highly disproportionate ratio of vests and Hawaiian shirts. (Fun fact: of the 12 patterns for men that Simplicity offers, 6 of them include a vest. That's a whopping 50% vest rate!)
3) Um . . . whatever all this is.
But, let's face it, men's clothes are just not so exciting in general, unless you get into advanced tailoring and custom flourishes. But perhaps I'm showing my gender bias here. What do you all think about the state of patterns for dudes?