It’s finally happening. After years of lurking on their Blog and Instagram, I’m going to The Tailoring Academy in Macclesfield , UK!
I’ll be joining four other Americans and one student from France as the “international contingent” for the next 10 months. We’ll be the first group to go through the newly created pathway that allows non UK students to participate in the programme. (notice how I threw that British-ism in there!).
For all the tailoring geeks (you know who you are). Enjoy falling down this rabbit hole!
Ok, If you watched the video we’re WAY off track. This is supposed to be a video about my back to school clothes. I mean, what do you pack when you’re going to be away from home for almost a year? Add to that, it’s going to be mostly winter and reportedly raining A LOT. Oh yes….you’re also going to be walking everywhere.
I decided my feet come first, since I’ll be without a car for almost a year. After being hugely disappointed at the local outdoor Maine institution a few towns away (you know who I’m talking about), I ended up at REI (gasp!) and picked up these waterproof hiking boots. Amazingly comfortable! These guys have to take me everywhere and I’m sure they will. Gloves, check – Scarf, check – Wool bomber jacket, check!
Have I ever mentioned that I hate being cold? I pulled out all the heavy shirts in my closet and it became clear that I needed more. Luckily I had some heavy plaid flannel from Stylemaker Fabrics in my stash, so I could add another warm shirt. Stash busting and practicality all in one. Win / Win.
I’m a compulsive scrap saver, so had some coordinating pinwale corduroy left over from the Stylemaker Blog Tour that I participated in several years ago. Back then I made the Belvedere Waistcoat with it. This time I used the leftovers to make a storm flap, inner cuffs and inner collar stand. I also threw in some polka dot shirting for the inner yoke. I love how it turned out. The lesson here..If you’re a shirt maker, it pays to save scraps!
Pantone has selected Orange Tiger as one of its colors for Fall / Winter 2022-23, and I’m here for it! These shorts, a hack of Thread Theory’s Jedediah Pants, may not be quite as bright as Pantone’s orange, but they meld perfectly with my existing wardrobe and seem ready for end of Summer days; here in Maine or in England.
I think the Trend Council would approve of my choices!
I like to try new things with old patterns. This time I popped in a little coin pocket at the left front. It’s really just a miniature version of the welt pockets I make on the backs. That’s one of the beauties of being able to make our own clothes. One thing just leads to another. Fabrics from Mood, NYC.
I’m taking my Faux Fur / Harris tweed fold-over messenger bag with me because of its versatility. It can carry a laptop or food from Tesco. (You can buy premixed G & T’s in cans there! Seriously)
I figured a pair of jeans would come in handy. These are the Quadra Jeans from Thread Theory. I’ve made them once before, so this pair went together quickly. I have a couple of videos for making these jeans on my YouTube channel. It’s a fun pattern to make, and a lot easier than I thought. The fabric is an olive green Japanese denim from Stylemaker Fabrics. I believe it’s still available if you have a hankering to be Mr. Green Jeans.
I used a batik cotton from JoAnn’s for the pocketing. I also used Ban Roll interfacing for the waistband which I prefer. I’ve probably mentioned it before, but I have a video on my YouTube channel that shows how to use it. It takes a little more time and effort, but I feel it’s worth it.
I had a little extra fabric left over, so I made a dust cover for my beloved Singer 201. In fact, I made covers for all my machines (even the ones that are still being repaired!). I know it sounds crazy, but I’ll miss them, and want to be sure they’re protected while I’m away.
Lastly, I made these wide wale corduroy trousers. The fabric is deep stash Michael Kors from Gorgeous Fabrics (long gone, but Ann has something similar in stock now). These guys are guaranteed to keep me warm. I thought it would be difficult to work with corduroy, but it was a snap. And for those who care, green also features heavily in the menswear Fall / Winter color forecasts.
These trousers are my “go to” Jedediah Pants by Thread Theory. When working with a heavy fabric like this corduroy, I use rayon seam binding to reduce bulk wherever I can. It works well inside the pockets, and is so much more glamorous than serging. No one ever sees it, but I love knowing it’s there. And that pistachio green….Swoon!
The pocketing and bias binding is quilting cotton from JoAnn’s. Just a yard can take your makes to the next level, and it’s a great way to really personalize your makes. I love this green / purple combination. Party on the inside!
Off to school!
And if you ever need proof that sewing people are the BEST…….These arrived as a Bon Voyage gift from a dear sewing friend. I can’t wait to sew them into what comes next!
I would never be at this juncture if it weren’t for the encouragement and support I receive from the sewing community. I am so grateful. Be well and keep sewing!