Notes from an International Student

Notes from an International Student

Greetings from Macclesfield, UK. I made it! Where to start? I think I mentioned in my last post that actually attending The Tailoring Academy was dependent on the school being accredited by the British Accreditation Council. That finally happened on August 8th and the wheels were in motion. Maybe you heard the huge sigh of [...]

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. [...]

Sewing for my Grandson!

Sewing for my Grandson!

My little sailor Trust me, there is no one I enjoy sewing for more than this little guy! In fact, he's the only person I sew for other than myself. Fabrics from Z Fabrics in Portland, Maine I was delighted when Shari of MenzFabrics.ca contacted me to see if I'd be interested in helping her [...]

Is Velvet Having A Moment?

Is Velvet Having A Moment?

Welcome to Fall in New England and a new outerwear project. I started this jacket ages ago; and just as I was getting ready to make my grand appearance, I was upstaged by this guy! And this guy... Which begs the question........Is velvet having a moment? Daniel Craig's jacket is from the esteemed Anderson & [...]

Self Drafted Trousers — An Unfinished Journey

Self Drafted Trousers — An Unfinished Journey

This will be a difficult post to write; so many thoughts are swirling in my head. I think most of us who are still blogging about our makes, usually write about our successes. We have the idea, buy the fabric, pour all the skill we can muster into a garment, and arrive victorious at the [...]

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 [...]

Tout Fini! – le Faux Givenchy

Tout Fini!  –  le Faux Givenchy

I started this project right around Halloween after seeing the new Spring 2021 menswear from Givenchy. To be quite honest I really don't know much about Givenchy. Only two things come to mind when I think of the house. 1. The logo of four G's. (I had it on a necktie once) and... 2. Audrey [...]

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 [...]