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 [...]

The ?Couture? Jacket — Wrap-up

Do you remember that I was considering making a "French Couture jacket"? It was ages ago. You've probably forgotten the whole thing. I armed myself with Claire Schaefer's book, cranberry wool tweed woven by my mom, bronze buttons and some foufy mohair trim. So what the hell happened.....where to begin? The general consensus from you, [...]

Repairs Completed or….. Rip, Sew, Scream, Rip, Repeat.

OK. This exercise is completed, and it's been a journey for sure. At one point I was screaming louder than the collective scream heard from coast to coast a few weeks ago. My strategy was to take a break, go to yoga class, breath and then calmly return to the whole mess.  Yes, it got [...]