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Sep 22, 2016

My Marimekko Pants Project

Last December I bought this intriguing Marimekko panel print at the Chelsea flea market.

I did a little online research, and it turns out it was designed in 1988 by Fujiwo Ishimoto.  You can read a little more about the design, called "Lainehtiva," here.  I think the image is a field of wheat.  Cool, no?

I wasn't sure what to do with it until today, when I decided to use it to test out the next men's pattern I'm trying from the Japanese pattern book, "Men's Clothes For All Seasons."  I'm making these cropped trousers.

Just like I did with the chore jacket I made, I traced the size Medium and added seam allowances.

These pants are much easier to put together than the jacket, since I'm already very familiar with how to make casual pants.  These have two back patch pockets and two front slant pockets.  Since the fabric is relatively thin for pants, I used the same Marimekko print for the pocket bags.  I decided to cut the pattern with the lightest part up top, gradually darkening toward the bottom.  

These are the back pieces (just pinned, below).  The patch pockets are there but nearly impossible to make out.  For topstitching, white thread looked too white and black too black, so I went with gray.

Here's the front.  My pockets are done; I just have to sew the side seams together, add a waistband, and hem.  Not sure whether I'll add belt loops or not.

I guess this will be what's called a wearable muslin, if it's wearable.  Judging from my measurements of the paper pattern, it should fit.  I hope so.

And that's it.  Anybody have any experience sewing with Marimekko fabric?  This fabric has a weight similar to heavy quilting cotton, not quite canvas, so the pants are going to be on the light side.  But if they fit, I'll definitely wear them.

Have a great day, everybody!

Sep 19, 2016

Red Cotton Work Jacket REVEALED!

Readers, not even last Saturday night's bomb explosion (which took place just three blocks from my apartment) could keep me from sharing my new red cotton work jacket with you today.

Please check out the entire photo shoot here.

Sep 17, 2016

You Say Tomato, I Say Cranberry: What Color IS My Jacket?

Friends, did you know that red, specifically aurora red (18-1550), is one of the ten colors featured in Pantone's Fall 2016 Color Report?

Sep 14, 2016

Japanese Pattern Book Project #1 -- The Work Jacket

My next project is going to be the jacket featured on the cover of Men's Clothes For All Seasons, a Japanese pattern book with roughly 22 different men's patterns featured in it.

I hope eventually to try them all.

Sep 11, 2016

Fabulous Flea Market Finds

Could a man wear a charm bracelet?

Should he?

Sep 8, 2016

Another NYC Fabric Store Bites the Dust

These are tough times for small independent fabric stores in New York City.

Sep 5, 2016

Hats, Hats, Hurray for Hats!

Friends, the balder older I get, the more I love hats.

Sep 1, 2016

Culling My Fabric Stash for National Sewing Month!

Readers, you probably have heard that September is National Sewing Month.

To celebrate, I decided to spend a few hours doing an inventory of my fabric stash and getting rid of stuff I'm unlikely to ever sew with.  As you can see up top, I had four bags' worth of discards.  Off to the thrift store they went; we kept the dog.

Aug 29, 2016

Home Again + Back to School

I'm home again, readers.

All over Provincetown, where we were on vacation last week, I saw these medallions embedded in the streets (up top), which I interpreted as welcome signs to us creative types. What else could they be?

Aug 18, 2016

Peter at the Manus x Machina Exhibit + New Pattern Book + More Jacket Pics!

Readers, today I finally got my a** over to the Manus x Machina exhibit at the Met Museum Costume Institute.

Aug 16, 2016

Peter Models the Wool Camo Jacket!

Friends, I know what you're thinking:

Peter is sewing camouflage?  This from the person who eschewed G.I. Joe dolls for Barbies?

Well it's true.  And you can see the results right this very minute by clicking HERE.

Aug 14, 2016


Readers, yesterday's sixth annual MPB Day summer event was a hot hit!

Aug 12, 2016

'Twas the Night Before MPB Day + Camo Jacket UPDATE!

Friends, tomorrow's the big day: our sixth annual MPB Day celebration, seventh if you count last March's Winter Frolic.

Aug 10, 2016

And the Cold Weather Sewing Begins!

Sure, the weather outside is hot and unbearably humid, but inside, I'm thinking November!

Aug 7, 2016

NAME THAT PATTERN: Billie Burke Birthday Edition!

You know her as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz, but before that, Billie Burke (b. Aug 7, 1884) was the famous Ziegfeld beauty who married her boss, Florenz Ziegfeld himself!  She then went on to play ditzy matrons in countless golden era Hollywood films, including such classics as Dinner at Eight and Father of the Bride.
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