The Toile de Jouy Jacket

The Toile de Jouy Jacket

It's finally finished! My interpretation of a Christian Dior toile jacket that's featured in Kim Jones' collection for Spring / Summer 2019. I've affectionately dubbed mine the "Too Poor for Dior" jacket. For the record, here's the original. I die! The matching is perfect. If you look closely you can just make out the pocket [...]

Mr. Rogers — a la Missoni

Mr. Rogers — a la Missoni

I've admitted it before, and will again.... I watch what's coming down the menswear runways for inspiration. I like to see what's new and whether it's something I'd like to work into my wardrobe. Season after season it's always Missoni that draws me in. The use of color, texture and pattern always seems so perfectly [...]

The Pierre Cardin Coat — Let it Snow Edition

The Pierre Cardin Coat — Let it Snow Edition

Well, it's finally done and Mother Nature provided the perfect backdrop. So what can be said about a project that I started back before Halloween? Mostly, that I love it, and wearing it makes me feel like a million bucks. Just to recap....the fabric and lining were purchased at Stone Mountain and Daughter back in [...]

Pierre Cardin Coat — Construction Notes

Pierre Cardin Coat — Construction Notes

I "cut my teeth" on men's outerwear, and I still find it incredibly satisfying to make. It almost always involves wool, which is a dream to work with; and there's the opportunity to have something that just isn't available in the ready to wear market. That's a huge draw for me. I hope my journey [...]

Getting the Pierre Cardin coat off the ground

Getting the Pierre  Cardin coat off the ground

Oh, Pierre Cardin! As a young man in the 70's, I remember that you were everywhere! (Along with your little curly cue "P") You designed the famous Beatles suit..... And the AMC Javelin -- Pierre Cardin edition. Yikes!!! Was it indiscriminate licensing that got you temporarily kicked out of the "couturier's club"? Who cares.... I'm [...]

New Season — New Clothes

New Season  — New Clothes

It's very unusual that I'm making something for the current season. I'm so slow that I never attempt it. It always seems that in winter I'm sewing for summer and vice versa. So I'm completely amazed that I have a new shirt and pair of pants that are Fall appropriate. First up....the red pants. These [...]

The Feather Shirt — some heaven, some hell

The Feather Shirt — some heaven, some hell

We've had a couple of rainy days here in Maine, so work has progressed on the feather shirt. Otherwise, I'd be out sailing; trying to take advantage of every last warm day. If you haven't seen it on Instagram, the fabric for my current shirt is a fluid rayon border print that I fell hard [...]