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" [...]

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 [...]

My Winter of Waistcoats

My Winter of Waistcoats

This past September (it seems SO long ago), Stylemaker Fabrics asked me to participate in their blog tour to highlight their new Fall / Winter fabrics. I ended up making the Belvedere Waistcoat from Thread Theory Designs in a pinwale corduroy. Not to beat a dead horse, but here it is. After this project I [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]