Sewing for my Grandson!

Sewing for my Grandson!

My little sailor Trust me, there is no one I enjoy sewing for more than this little guy! In fact, he's the only person I sew for other than myself. Fabrics from Z Fabrics in Portland, Maine I was delighted when Shari of MenzFabrics.ca contacted me to see if I'd be interested in helping her [...]

Is Velvet Having A Moment?

Is Velvet Having A Moment?

Welcome to Fall in New England and a new outerwear project. I started this jacket ages ago; and just as I was getting ready to make my grand appearance, I was upstaged by this guy! And this guy... Which begs the question........Is velvet having a moment? Daniel Craig's jacket is from the esteemed Anderson & [...]

Saying “Oui” to the Marinière Shirt

Saying “Oui” to the Marinière Shirt

I was so pleased when the fabric importer Loom & Stars asked me to participate in their event "shirtfest". If you don't know of them, you should definitely be giving their shirtings a look. They're woven in India and come in a wide range of stripes and checks. Perfect for Summer shirts (and PJs, I [...]

Self Drafted Trousers — An Unfinished Journey

Self Drafted Trousers — An Unfinished Journey

This will be a difficult post to write; so many thoughts are swirling in my head. I think most of us who are still blogging about our makes, usually write about our successes. We have the idea, buy the fabric, pour all the skill we can muster into a garment, and arrive victorious at the [...]

My Winter of Waistcoats

My Winter of Waistcoats

This past September (it seems SO long ago), Stylemaker Fabrics asked me to participate in their blog tour to highlight their new Fall / Winter fabrics. I ended up making the Belvedere Waistcoat from Thread Theory Designs in a pinwale corduroy. Not to beat a dead horse, but here it is. After this project I [...]

Tout Fini! – le Faux Givenchy

Tout Fini!  –  le Faux Givenchy

I started this project right around Halloween after seeing the new Spring 2021 menswear from Givenchy. To be quite honest I really don't know much about Givenchy. Only two things come to mind when I think of the house. 1. The logo of four G's. (I had it on a necktie once) and... 2. Audrey [...]

Faux Givenchy — More progress

Faux Givenchy — More progress

Work continues on my boiled wool coat. This will be a pretty "geek heavy" post, so you've been warned! With the pockets completed it's time to baste the prepared canvas to the coat fronts. I adapt the sequence that Roberto Cabrera uses for a suit jacket. Basically one bastes from the shoulder down the length [...]

Faux Givenchy for Me… Progress report #1

Faux Givenchy for Me… Progress report #1

I love working with wool! All the wool I've worked with to date has been woven, so boiled wool is a new experience. It's actually a dense knit, and unlike a woven it doesn't ravel. Not a shred! Still, I pre-treat it as I would for any wool. My TNT method is the London Shrink. [...]

New Season – New Inspiration

New Season – New Inspiration

Yes, a new project has taken off... and once again it's because I must be looking at too much French couture fashion! First it was Kim Jones at Dior. Then I fell down the rabbit hole of Hermès. Now it's Givenchy, and the initial offering of their new designer Matthew Williams. You can see the [...]

Stylemaker Project — the geekery edition

Stylemaker Project — the geekery edition

As promised, I'm finally getting around to posting some of the construction details from my Stylemaker projects. I'll start with the waistcoat first. The instruction booklet for the Belvedere Waistcoat emphasizes the importance of interfacing the fronts. The goal is to have it sit smoothly over the chest without buckling. My longtime readers know that [...]