In my travels through the halls of the venerable Fashion Institute of Technology, a sad truth became apparent. I suspected that the corporate committee decisions regarding fit on a man were, and are, almost criminal. Mannekins are in abundance, all in womans size 6 or men's 40. The patternmakers will circle the wagons, claiming that a man's pattern is so simple, so uniform, so incomparible to the complexities of a woman's fit.
"Nonsense!", I hear you all muttering. I have come to understand that men are guite different in sizes. One FIT adjunct professor put it in crisp, crinoline terms...
"But Honey, you want a tailor or dress form in y'ur size??!!?? I don't think so. Not in these shoes."
So, another sartorial adventure.
I discovered a cheap, easy and relatively painless method of making a paperboard clone of myself, to knit to size and test muslins for leather work. But rather than tell all here, buy or borrow this book, "How To Make Sewing Patterns "by Donald H. McCunn. It will improve your garment knitting, guaranteed. If you sew, it will be life changing. Many men I know in NYC who sew found this book useful...even the most experienced. It neither assumes or pretends that the reader is female and hapless. It is genderless, and in my book, a treasure.
How so? In the rear of this very slim yet comprehensive tome is a simple step-by-step method to make a paper form of you or anyone else for about $10 or less. Expensive book, right? Wrong. www.bluefeatherproducts.com, Amazon, where ever you want. And the creation of your own personal pattern or for a loved one or a hated client will make all the difference...including modifying all the knitting patterns for woman into stuff for you.