What Tailoring Students Do in London

What Tailoring Students Do in London

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace? Nope Big Ben? Uh...I don't think I was even close! The Crown Jewels? Didn't see them Checking out buttonholes? Absolutely! I spent a few days in London the week before Christmas with what felt like a million other people. It was crazy. The sidewalks were a moving river [...]

Notes from an International Student

Notes from an International Student

Greetings from Macclesfield, UK. I made it! Where to start? I think I mentioned in my last post that actually attending The Tailoring Academy was dependent on the school being accredited by the British Accreditation Council. That finally happened on August 8th and the wheels were in motion. Maybe you heard the huge sigh of [...]

The Back to School Edition

The Back to School Edition

It's finally happening. After years of lurking on their Blog and Instagram, I'm going to The Tailoring Academy in Macclesfield , UK! I'll be joining four other Americans and one student from France as the "international contingent" for the next 10 months. We'll be the first group to go through the newly created pathway that [...]

Say Hello to Olya

Say Hello to Olya

To be completely honest, I don't really remember when the Olya Shirt by Paper Theory appeared on my sewing "radar". It's not a pattern that appears in any of the menswear feeds that I'm exposed to. I've managed to find ONE example on Instagram where it's worn by a guy. Maybe my experience can change [...]

Belvedere Waistcoat. – Taking a Pattern from Like to Love

Belvedere Waistcoat. – Taking a Pattern from Like to Love

Do you have one of those patterns that you like, but that you're not exactly in love with? The Belvedere Waistcoat is one of those patterns for me. It seems that no matter what I throw at it, all the care and attention to detail I can muster, the end result is still slightly disappointing. [...]

Revisiting my “Maine Uniform”

Revisiting my “Maine Uniform”

I haven't posted anything in ages. To make up for that, this post features two recent makes that begged to be in a single post. You may have seen snippets of each on my Instagram. Together they make what I call the "Maine Uniform". Yup, you guessed it.............A flannel shirt and jeans. The "Maine Uniform" [...]

Sewing for my Grandson!

Sewing for my Grandson!

My little sailor Trust me, there is no one I enjoy sewing for more than this little guy! In fact, he's the only person I sew for other than myself. Fabrics from Z Fabrics in Portland, Maine I was delighted when Shari of MenzFabrics.ca contacted me to see if I'd be interested in helping her [...]

Is Velvet Having A Moment?

Is Velvet Having A Moment?

Welcome to Fall in New England and a new outerwear project. I started this jacket ages ago; and just as I was getting ready to make my grand appearance, I was upstaged by this guy! And this guy... Which begs the question........Is velvet having a moment? Daniel Craig's jacket is from the esteemed Anderson & [...]

Saying “Oui” to the Marinière Shirt

Saying “Oui” to the Marinière Shirt

I was so pleased when the fabric importer Loom & Stars asked me to participate in their event "shirtfest". If you don't know of them, you should definitely be giving their shirtings a look. They're woven in India and come in a wide range of stripes and checks. Perfect for Summer shirts (and PJs, I [...]