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Menswear: A Basic T Turned Avant-Garde

Added Oct 3, 2011

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






BurdaStyle member Urbandon has wowed many with his dynamic sense of fashion design and style. Designer, assemblage artist and jeweler living in Sydney’s Inner West, his clothing has a radical urban edge, often utilizing dark, muted tones cut from organic sportswear textiles, his androgynous style is alluring and interesting.

This week Urbandon is sharing a tutorial on how to take a Basic T-Shirt and turn it into a Japanese-influenced top. In Urbandon’s words: The technique is used in the Japanese book Pattern Magic. These took my ideas of pattern making to a whole new level. It’s really about manipulating a basic block and turning it into something dramatic. This is a tutorial for menswear that has the same feeling as labels like Julius and Rick Owens- very androgynous. If your man may not be cutting that look then wearing this top with some leggings or jeans for yourself is a great look. Just ask my girlfriend who has a few of these now!

Material Notes

Urbandon: In this tutorial I use organically grown cotton (1 1/2 yards). This is beautiful to work with and actually feels silkier to the touch. It’s also so much better for the environment as it has not been sprayed with toxic chemicals- which is a great thing for the people who grow and handle the raw cotton. It’s about doing your part to make the world a cleaner and fairer world.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Goth/Gothic Lolita, Grunge, Punk, Steampunk


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    May 13, 2012, 05.44 AMby JPGagnon

    I’m obsessed about this and I love the Pattern Magic books. I will definitely be making one of these. Plus your style of menswear is my favorite. Great work sir!


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    May 5, 2012, 12.21 PMby Clothy

    I’m loving it, loving it, loving it and love the way you’re working it! Thanks for sharing.

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    Oct 19, 2011, 05.58 PMby shkoober

    This is really great, I love it. Love it so much I am attempting it as soon as I figure out how to get to be a knee length dress. I know you mentioned increasing the size of the strip, but wouldn’t this create fewer strips and therefore less curve? If you lengthened the Pete before stripping it? I’m not sure, I’m very hour glass figured and would want the gathering to happen at my waist…What are your thoughts? Thanks for adding a super project, and congratulations on the feature! Kudos!

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      Oct 24, 2011, 05.18 AMby urbandon

      Thanks for the comment and the question. Sure, lengthening the Pete before would work. The curve can be altered ‘on the fly’ as it were, creating more (or less) curve.

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    Oct 8, 2011, 01.52 AMby crownsofclover

    You are a freakin’ genius. I love it. I love it twice. Posted it to my fb to share your awesomeness with my little corner of the world. PLEASE, no matter what, keep being creative — especially in menswear, which is tragically boring.

    Sending my Muses to your house as they are underworked at present in mine.

    Cheers! Lisa

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      Oct 9, 2011, 04.23 AMby urbandon

      Thanks Lisa for the kind words. It’s my personal mission to keep making menswear that is not dull…oh, and thanks for the muses!

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    Oct 6, 2011, 01.14 PMby elvina

    great job!!! i guess a lady can wear this as well

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    Oct 5, 2011, 01.52 PMby nellyvdb

    I love it! I am definitely going to try this one out for myself. And the instructions… fantastic!!!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 10.46 PMby urbandon


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    Oct 5, 2011, 01.32 PMby sewingqueen-1

    I love your designs. At the moment my guys are too conservative…. but I’m working on them! In the meantime, I’ll be making this one for me!!!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 10.47 PMby urbandon

      Men’s fashion and attitudes are slower to change than women’s. Slowly but surely!

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    Oct 5, 2011, 01.25 PMby carolyn-s

    Well done!! "nother fantastic and innovative design, you are smoking’ right now!!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 10.47 PMby urbandon

      Thanks Carolyn! Pretty darn happy!

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    Oct 5, 2011, 12.12 PMby fashionfreek

    Excellent stuff. Out of the box stuff. I want to make my hubby a top and u may be the best one for answering any probs I may counter. Your stuff is unique. Keep up the good work. All the best. Well done on your feature. Well deserved.:-)

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      Oct 5, 2011, 10.49 PMby urbandon

      Thanks so much. Feel free to ask me anything via private e-mail if you like. Thanks!

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    Oct 5, 2011, 05.48 AMby Elacie

    I love this. Especially for men, especially for myself! ;) I personally think that you’ve done a wonderful job creating a new look, especially for the fall season coming up! I can see this in many colors and layering would be fun. Thanks for sharing, and keep ’em coming!

    P.S. Thanks for keeping it eco-friendly!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.57 AMby urbandon

      Thank you for the kind words!

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    Oct 5, 2011, 05.06 AMby jlrab

    Ooh, love this! As soon as I saw it I was reminded of the Korean brand DeepStyle. Thanks for sharing this!

    /grabs technique and runs away to sew one for myself/

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.57 AMby urbandon

      Thank you! Just having a look at the site now- very cool stuff.

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    Oct 5, 2011, 03.57 AMby caramia-made

    Love it! And congrats on being the featured member – you deserve it!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.54 AMby urbandon

      Thanks! Double whammy!

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    Oct 5, 2011, 03.21 AMby nouvellegamine

    awesome design! congrats on project of the week :D thank you for showing the exciting potential of men’s clothes.

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      Oct 5, 2011, 05.54 AMby urbandon

      Thanks so much!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 09.23 PMby CarolHenderson

    Beautiful! How would one make this tee into a full length dress? Any ideas? I love the drape and have been looking for this type of pattern for many months!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 12.18 AMby urbandon

      Thanks so much! I suggest increasing the size of each strip.(Double their width) You would gain more length that way while maintaining the drape effect.

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    Oct 4, 2011, 09.20 PMby wardrobe-cat

    I make my own patterns ALL the time. WOW!! New stuff! Thankyou. Always fun to see a new technique (I’m always on at my kids that you need maths, case in point). Oh. And my teenage son is going to LOVE this. Thanks again.

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      Oct 5, 2011, 12.20 AMby urbandon

      Cool! Thanks so much. Very glad to hear you have a son that would be into this.

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    Oct 4, 2011, 07.34 PMby DelilahLisa

    pathetic – guess that’s what you get when designers run out of ideas.

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      Oct 4, 2011, 09.08 PMby urbandon

      I’m not even going to touch this ‘expert’ comment. Thanks for the great feedback anyway- I know my work isn’t for everyone.
      Please check my project page.

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      Oct 5, 2011, 07.34 AMby cikk

      Wowsa. Talk about a constructive comment. Goes right with the downward tilt of the sides of the mouth….. that’s me not being bitchy right back at ya…..
      Now, although I am not conservative in my style, I have pretty conservative taste when it comes to men’s clothes. But i still appreciate this as a really cool idea, and it actually looks good on the designer who has the right shape and stance for it – and if I had the right shape, ie narrower hips, I’d make it for me!

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      Oct 5, 2011, 09.36 AMby ichigogirl

      Hah. Just got to love it when self-proclaimed “experts” without any posted projects to show write sour comments about other people’s work.
      Speaks a lot, imho.
      Glad not to be one of them, and so should we all :-)

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    Oct 4, 2011, 01.55 PMby bussey

    Thank you for sharing. It is clear and original and versatile and yet looks easy enough to tempt a messy scared slow never-draftied-anything novice sewist…

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      Oct 4, 2011, 09.06 PMby urbandon

      Thanks! It is pretty easy because YOU create the rules!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 10.55 AMby Liora Litman-Cohen

    Very masculin and sexy as usual! right on Ubandon!

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      Oct 4, 2011, 09.05 PMby urbandon

      Thank you. Thank you!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 07.41 AMby janene

    I find it quite interesting that if this were specifically for women it would be seen as quite interesting but for men its totally unusual! I think its fabulous. Well done for pushing the boundaries. I think that mens clothes need a revolution! They must be so bored of the usuals!

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      Oct 4, 2011, 10.54 AMby Liora Litman-Cohen

      I’m with you sis!

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      Oct 4, 2011, 09.04 PMby urbandon

      Thanks so much! We ARE bored with the usual! Men want creative clothes too!

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    Oct 3, 2011, 07.29 PMby Gurtlamorous

    amazing as usual….. no surprise there x

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      Oct 4, 2011, 09.03 PMby urbandon

      Cheers! Thanks!

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    Oct 3, 2011, 06.55 PMby patti-r

    GREAT UPDATE!!! Thank you!!!

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      Oct 4, 2011, 09.03 PMby urbandon

      Thanks Patti!

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    Oct 3, 2011, 06.36 PMby marylisa

    It is great!!! I love it!!! Goooood job and thank you so much for sharing!

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      Oct 4, 2011, 09.03 PMby urbandon

      Thank you. Very happy to be sharing with everyone here.

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    Oct 3, 2011, 04.34 PMby carottesauvage

    Yea bring it on, Urbandon! You should be curating this weekly project section for another month… to say the least. er… posting something hand-dye would be original for instance :) Thumbs up!

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      Oct 4, 2011, 09.01 PMby urbandon

      Thanks! I wish!

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