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" [...]

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 [...]

Stylemaker Project — the geekery edition

Stylemaker Project — the geekery edition

As promised, I'm finally getting around to posting some of the construction details from my Stylemaker projects. I'll start with the waistcoat first. The instruction booklet for the Belvedere Waistcoat emphasizes the importance of interfacing the fronts. The goal is to have it sit smoothly over the chest without buckling. My longtime readers know that [...]

Into the Wild with Stylemaker — Fall 2020

Into the Wild with Stylemaker — Fall 2020

There is a "wild pond" in my little coastal town. It's down a dirt road and accessible only by a walking trail. There are no camps (There's a little swimming platform), no boats, no sounds of the human world. Kind of a secret place. It seems like the perfect setting for my Stylemaker Blog Tour [...]

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 [...]

The Joys of Everyday Clothes

The Joys of Everyday Clothes

Making clothes for a special occasion is fun, yes?  But there's something different and equally amazing about making the clothes we wear day in and day out.  For me that's usually a button-down shirt, khakis and a sweater. After making a much needed Winter coat, I turned my attention to making some basic winter appropriate [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]