I'm Felix, from the UK. I've always been interested in performance and costuming (I love any reason to dress up outlandishly) and as I get older I've come to be more and more interested in how clothing, both costume and ordinary, is put together. I'm also very keen to learn about both cutting and sewing menswear - I have an unusual build which is hard to get RTW clothes for, and a sense of style which doesn't line up with what one can find on the high street in any case.
Currently I'd say I'm a home sewer who's more informed about how it all works than some but not particularly skilled in the actual sewing. I've self-taught myself a little about pattern drafting using Winifred Aldrich's books; I find patternmaking fascinating in its own right, the technicalities of creating a three-dimensional garment from two-dimensional fabric are amazing to get involved with, and the whole cut-and-move pattern origami business delights my love of problem solving. In terms of practical skills I have a lot to learn, I'm getting fairly confident with machine sewing but I know my hand sewing is in need of work. I've made some forays into waistcoats based on shop-bought patterns and tried out a (night)shirt drafted from scratch, although I won't post a picture since it came out somewhat wonky even to my untutored eye!
I'm delighted to have found this site as there's so little information out there about menswear, not to mention communities with such a high proportion of men who sew. I've often felt a bit like the only male in the village in other sewing forums.
At the moment my big costuming obsession is 1940s styles, since I've recently taken up lindyhop - I spent this afternoon wrestling with a vintage draft-your-own pattern for trousers, one of the ones based on a ruler, and scratching my head at the rather peculiar results I got. I'm very keen to get myself a copy of Cabrera and take a look!