“Stay at home” clothes for a grown up me!

“Stay at home” clothes for a grown up me!

OK. I'll admit that pajamas haven't been in my wardrobe for a long time. I have but one pair of flannel bottoms that I pull out in the dead of winter. Other than that, it's a bathrobe and my underwear. Hardly glamorous, and not for public viewing! Now that we're all spending a LOT more [...]

…The sincerest form of flattery

…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 Covid 19 Blazer Progress — If you can stand it!

Eventually the lining has to be made. I'll be honest with you, it's my very least favorite part of any tailoring project. I have SO MUCH admiration for all the sewists out there who add piping, all kinds of little pockets and wildly curving seams. I just want it over and done with ASAP. So [...]

More progress — Covid 19 Blazer

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

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.

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

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

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)

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 [...]