30. November 2012 · 3 comments · Categories: Men · Tags: , , ,

Today’s been hard. Yesterday was hard too. A Beagle named Buckley is sick. He’s got some swelling on his head that is indicative of an abscess behind his eye and near his ear. And poor little guy had a seizure this morning.

Can you send him your positive vibes and healing thoughts? Thanks friends. I love this boy so damn much.


Today we have another awesome infographic! This time? Shoes. Because sneakers don’t cut it, fellas. They just don’t. I present to you…The Gentleman’s Guide to Shoes. Please pay special attention to the sock portion of this infographic. It’s imperative.


Do you have male friends that would benefit from this post? Of course you do. Send them the link!

Fellas. Listen up. Most of you? You need help. We love that you’re easy going, down to earth, and utterly predictable. But your taste in fashion? It needs some improvement.

Luckily Next, is featuring a series of infographics aimed at helping the dudes of the world make some more informed decisions when it comes to style. Thank you Next, thank you so much.

First, just a little suit tailoring for you…

80 hours to tailor a suit? That is one project I won’t be tackling from scratch. Next infographic? Shoes! Stay tuned!

It’s four days before Fall Break and I swamped with work. A midterm and presentation are coming up on Thursday…and I’m writing about skinnifying a tie. You see where my priorities lie.

But really, this post was begging to be written. Who doesn’t love a skinny tie? Don Draper loves skinny ties. Men look better in them. End of story.

I asked my male model what the purpose of a tie was anyway. I mean, they’re totally decorative and they appear somewhat uncomfortable. He said he thought it was some sort of medieval napkin. I hope that’s true. The neckties at the thrift store would indicate that’s true. Stain city, friends.

Want to learn how to skinnify your man’s ties? Well listen up!

1. Turn your tie to the back it should look something like in the diagram above.
2. Snip off the point of the tie along the magenta dotted line.
3. Seam rip up the center back seam of your tie (mint dotted line) to the width of the tie that you’d like to skinnify the rest of the tie to.
4. Turn the seam ripped length of the tie inside out and sew along the bottom and up the side (second diagram). Be sure to leave an inch so that you can turn the tie back to the right side. Trim off the excess fabric.
5. Turn the tie right side out and hand sew the remaining inch of center seam.
6. Press well (If your tie is silk, be sure to use a low iron setting!).

If you’re me, you’ll need several lessons on how to tie a necktie, then you’ll just give up and let your man do it. Also! Encourage him to leave the top button of his shirt undone for a Jim-Halpert-type look.

More men’s post to come friends. I hoping I can incorporate a three-piece suit into a post. Google image searching Don Draper was a big mistake.

Hey readers! Men’s content is finally here. Wahooo! All Meadow Rue Men’s posts will be housed in the Meadow Rue Men tab above, so check back often for male related things.

My good friend and classmate, Michael Leventhal, so graciously agreed to undertake this first men’s project with me. He’s an east coaster, a brilliant comic writer (check out his website!), and a serial thrifter. Michael isn’t afraid to sift through racks of used clothing, and you’d never guess his wardrobe is secondhand. He admits though, he has thrifted a few ill-fitting items in his day. Enter Meadow Rue.

Michael and I ventured to our favorite thrift store together and picked up two closet staples for any man. A crisp too-large button up and a pair of too-long no-pleat slacks. Alterations were needed stat.

This shirt was a biggin’. The shoulders were dropped too low, the sides needed taking in and the sleeves were too long. You know how men’s dress shirts billow on the sides? This one was totally doing that. I decided to resize it the “proper” way, by removing the arms, taking up the shoulders, and sewing the sleeves back on. Then, I took in the sleeves and sides.

It was a failure. Can you tell? No? Good, thanks for feeding my ego.

After I finished this alteration, I warned Michael that there was a chance he might not be able to get one arm into the shirt, as I mistakenly cut the arm hole too small, so that the armpit was a good two inches higher than the other. Michael swears the shirt is still pretty comfortable. And, despite the total shirt mess-up, the fit is far better.

See where the shoulder seams lie? One is at least 1/2″ lower than the other. Woops.

The back of the shirt had two pleats towards the shoulder seams. It’s obvious my measurements were not consistent from side to side. Yikes. This is one type of alteration I need much more practice on. Luckily, Michael doesn’t get as attached to his thrifted finds as I do. Thank goodness.

Up next: slacks. Without pleats. Please promise me you’ll never buy pleated slacks, guys. Ladies? Help them out here. Pleats are good in some places on some clothing. Never on the front of pants.

These pants only needed a quick hemming, one alteration I can complete in 20 minutes. I know this because I’ve been timing myself. Yes, I’m a total sewing geek.

It feels good to be honest with you guys about sewing mistakes, because it happens often in my world. I cannot count how many half finished items are sitting around my sewing room because I screwed something up, got frustrated and gave up. But I’m finding, more and more, that most sewing mistakes are easily fixed, ironed out, or really not that noticeable.

Other mistakes? Not so much.