Tout Fini! – le Faux Givenchy

Tout Fini!  –  le Faux Givenchy

I started this project right around Halloween after seeing the new Spring 2021 menswear from Givenchy. To be quite honest I really don't know much about Givenchy. Only two things come to mind when I think of the house. 1. The logo of four G's. (I had it on a necktie once) and... 2. Audrey [...]

Faux Givenchy — More progress

Faux Givenchy — More progress

Work continues on my boiled wool coat. This will be a pretty "geek heavy" post, so you've been warned! With the pockets completed it's time to baste the prepared canvas to the coat fronts. I adapt the sequence that Roberto Cabrera uses for a suit jacket. Basically one bastes from the shoulder down the length [...]

Faux Givenchy for Me… Progress report #1

Faux Givenchy for Me… Progress report #1

I love working with wool! All the wool I've worked with to date has been woven, so boiled wool is a new experience. It's actually a dense knit, and unlike a woven it doesn't ravel. Not a shred! Still, I pre-treat it as I would for any wool. My TNT method is the London Shrink. [...]

New Season – New Inspiration

New Season – New Inspiration

Yes, a new project has taken off... and once again it's because I must be looking at too much French couture fashion! First it was Kim Jones at Dior. Then I fell down the rabbit hole of Hermès. Now it's Givenchy, and the initial offering of their new designer Matthew Williams. You can see the [...]

Stylemaker Project — the geekery edition

Stylemaker Project — the geekery edition

As promised, I'm finally getting around to posting some of the construction details from my Stylemaker projects. I'll start with the waistcoat first. The instruction booklet for the Belvedere Waistcoat emphasizes the importance of interfacing the fronts. The goal is to have it sit smoothly over the chest without buckling. My longtime readers know that [...]

Into the Wild with Stylemaker — Fall 2020

Into the Wild with Stylemaker — Fall 2020

There is a "wild pond" in my little coastal town. It's down a dirt road and accessible only by a walking trail. There are no camps (There's a little swimming platform), no boats, no sounds of the human world. Kind of a secret place. It seems like the perfect setting for my Stylemaker Blog Tour [...]

le Hack de Hermès

le Hack de Hermès

When you're a global luxury brand, clearly focused ads are apparently tres passé. Hermès seems to have a whole campaign of these burry ads, so I'm following suit. Behold my most recent Summer shirt... All kidding aside, my Summer sewing almost always revolves around new shirts. What used to be a drawer of polo shirts [...]

Completed at Last! — The Covid 19 Blazer

Completed at Last! — The Covid 19 Blazer

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!

“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 [...]