Did you, faithful blog followers, give up on this? Was this going to be the UFO of the pandemic? Truth be told, I totally ran out of steam on this project. Maybe you've been there? As many of you know, I love sewing for a special occasion. One of my nephews was going to be [...]
“Stay at home” clothes for a grown up me!
…The sincerest form of flattery
Ah, yes... imitation. I've been a Junya Watanabe fan for several years. He's able to spin out new versions of his patchwork shirts, season after season. I never tire of them. He takes traditional menswear shirting and shakes it up in a way that's fun and approachable. The price point, however, is another story. These [...]
More Covid 19 Blazer Progress — If you can stand it!
More progress — Covid 19 Blazer
I continue to bang away on my Vogue 9262 Blazer. It's been quite cold here in Maine (It snowed a few inches just two nights ago), so I've had no problem staying inside; working away in my little sewing space. This post will be quite "tailoring geekery" heavy, so be forewarned. My purpose is just [...]
Progress — V9262, aka the Covid-19 Blazer
My last post was mostly about a big mistake that I made. But that's all in the rearview mirror now. It's full steam ahead on the Covid-19 blazer. This post will cover some simple tailoring techniques. Keep in mind that I'm not a professional. These are just some techniques that have worked for me, and [...]
Ummm…It’s a design element.
OK. Work continues on my "Covid 19 Blazer". When I left off I was talking about fitting issues. Namely, my curved upper back, and how I address that. This happens with just about every pattern. The center back seam is quite straight, which makes the collar pull away from my neck. It looks bad, and [...]
Vogue 9262 — Getting to know you
While I'm self isolating (and I hope you are too!), I've decided to take on a tailoring project. It's interesting to see what the sewing community is turning towards during this troubled time. Doing a deep dive into one's stash seems to be popular. Or maybe breaking out that fabric that's always seemed too [...]
The Joys of Everyday Clothes
Making clothes for a special occasion is fun, yes? But there's something different and equally amazing about making the clothes we wear day in and day out. For me that's usually a button-down shirt, khakis and a sweater. After making a much needed Winter coat, I turned my attention to making some basic winter appropriate [...]
The Sienna Maker Jacket (well, sort of)
I've been wearing the same LL Bean barn jacket to work for years. It's served me well, but it's in disgraceful condition. The corduroy cuffs and collar are frayed, the front is permanently stained with coffee, it's missing a button, I could go on. For someone who can sew, it's an embarrassment. So I've had [...]