The Sienna Maker Jacket (well, sort of)

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 [...]

A Fall Dog Walking Jacket

A Fall Dog Walking Jacket

OK, call me crazy but I like to get dressed up a bit to walk the dog (my sweet schnauzer Homer). It's a special time between us, usually early enough in the morning that it's just the two of us out in the neighborhood. It's such a great way to start the day. After a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

New Clothes — A Spring-y Shirt and a Very Fall Jacket

New Clothes — A Spring-y Shirt and a Very Fall Jacket

First up, the shirt. I fell hard for this double gauze fabric at Stonemountain and Daughter while I was in CA for my daughter's recent wedding. If you're ever in the Bay Area, make sure this store is on your itinerary. It's a sewist's paradise. All I had to do was touch this fabric and [...]