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 [...]

Blazer of 2016 — Muslin #1

After weeks of procrastinating I jumped into the muslin phase, and it didn't take long to figure out that I've got my hands full with this pattern. There were some pretty glaring problems right out of the envelope. So I decided to do some "preemptive" adjustments.  First off, the center back seam is ramrod straight [...]

The Home Stretch, or….The All Day Waistband

I had a feeling that the waistband would be time consuming, and man was I right. I used the construction techniques from Roberto Cabrera; and while I love the results, there are probably much easier, and faster, ways to finish off a pair of pants.  The waistband is constructed before sewing up the crotch seam, [...]