The Shirts of Summer

The Shirts of Summer

Oh my, it's been SO LONG since I've blogged, my apologies. It's hard to know where to start. In between helping friends install an IKEA kitchen (350 miles away!), work, and a small amount of sailing; I did manage to get three shirts made. They're always satisfying to make, and two of them filled some [...]

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 [...]

The Pierre Cardin Coat — Let it Snow Edition

The Pierre Cardin Coat — Let it Snow Edition

Well, it's finally done and Mother Nature provided the perfect backdrop. So what can be said about a project that I started back before Halloween? Mostly, that I love it, and wearing it makes me feel like a million bucks. Just to recap....the fabric and lining were purchased at Stone Mountain and Daughter back in [...]

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 [...]

New Season — New Clothes

New Season  — New Clothes

It's very unusual that I'm making something for the current season. I'm so slow that I never attempt it. It always seems that in winter I'm sewing for summer and vice versa. So I'm completely amazed that I have a new shirt and pair of pants that are Fall appropriate. First up....the red pants. These [...]

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 [...]

Completing the Red Pants

Completing the Red Pants

I will just preface this post by saying that none of what I'm showing is at all necessary. The Jedediah pattern has a perfectly fine waistband. It can be very attractive if one takes the time to add a bias binding. In fact, the whole interior of a pair of Jeds can really be dressed [...]

Red Pants — The French Fly, Oui!

Red Pants — The French Fly, Oui!

I just don't make enough pants to ever get comfortable with the zipper. So I crawl through the process. Somehow it all comes together, but it remains a mystery in the end. The Jedediah pattern has a perfectly fine zipper fly, but for this project I really have my heart set on a French fly. [...]

Red Pants for Fall — Yes, please!

Red Pants for Fall — Yes, please!

I've wanted a pair of red pants for years, but could never find the right fabric. Anyone who sews menswear will probably understand. It's SO hard to find the right weight and something without stretch. Stretch is the devil in my book. So you can imagine my delight in finding a non-stretch, heavy red moleskin [...]