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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]