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 [...]

The Wedding Suit — Father of the Bride Edition

The Wedding Suit — Father of the Bride Edition

The big day arrived, and on a perfect spring afternoon I walked my beautiful daughter down the aisle. We both made our clothes for this special day. I, of course, am wearing the suit I made for the occasion. My daughter "reinvented" the Irish linen skirt that her mother wore for our wedding. She lovingly [...]

Suit progress and… learning some new skills

With the jacket fronts complete I moved on to the sleeves. It was a nice break from all the detail work (pockets, taping and pad stitching). The sleeve construction is really quite simple, it just gets fussy where the lining meets the vents.   A wide strip of pocketing cut on the bias is basted into [...]

Next up — Wedding #2

Here we go, another wedding! This time, my beautiful and uber talented daughter is marrying. The place -- Oakland, CA. The date -- April Fool's Day (which also turns out to be Easter this year).  My travel arrangements are all made, but my Father of the Bride wardrobe is sorely lacking. My daughter floated the [...]

Muslin #2, Mrs. Mole’s fix and MORE!

  The fitting battle continues.... First, thanks Mrs. Mole for your suggestion. I took your advice for my Dowager's hump, and the result is perfect. Plus it was extremely easy. Here's what it looks like...   I sliced across the back at yoke level, and swung the top half up to create a curve at the upper [...]