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Feb 21, 2017

More Camo Capers!

Remember this jacket I made last August?

That was my first foray into sewing a camo print and I'm not even sure you'd consider that print camo, though it certainly has camo-like qualities.

Anyway, this week I decided to cavort with camo once again.

Classic army green camo doesn't flatter my "summer" coloring, but I found a light/dark gray camo cotton blend at Mood that suits me much better.  I started out with the idea of making a shirt but it is ending up more like a spring jacket.

My pattern dates back to 1939.  (Menswear hasn't changed all that much in the last 80 or so years.)  Echoes of Tyrone Power?

Rather than using the two breast pockets you see in the pattern illustration (which I did make, pictured above), I added two zippered breast pockets which are large enough for sunglasses or a smart phone.   The pattern's original pockets are nifty but they're too small to be practical.

Cutting long rectangles through the front of my garment is a little scary!

Rather than leave the zippers exposed, I created a narrow flap to cover them.  The flap hides the fact that the zippers are, indeed, dark blue.  Now tell me: do you see the image of a dead rat immediately to the left of the pocket flap?  I do!

A few more detail shots:


Sleeve placket!

Below, topstitching flat-felled seams with my pink Janome Hello Kitty.  I'll be writing a one-year anniversary review on this machine this coming spring.

This is not intended to be a replica of an army jacket although, given the fabric, there are some similarities.  I should be finished soon, then it's photo shoot time followed by the Big Reveal!

Anybody else have camo capers to share?  Did you go with green camo, gray camo, tan camo, or something else entirely?

Have a great day, everybody!

Feb 16, 2017

1920's Butterick Men's Shirt Pattern - The Muslin

Yesterday I realized that I'd traced the wrong size for the Japanese shirt pattern I'd intended to make:  I'd traced a Medium but I actually needed a Large.

Feb 13, 2017

New Sewing Project, New Pattern, New Sewing Machine!

Well, more like a new-to-me sewing machine.

Feb 9, 2017

SNOW LEOPARD! -- Michael Models the Animal Print Shirt

Let it never be said that Michael isn't an intrepid model!

Feb 6, 2017

Feb 1, 2017

First Fabric Haul of 2017

Readers, it's been a while since I've shared a fabric shopping haul with you.

Jan 18, 2017

Hear my recorded interview!

Hey, friends!

You can hear a recording of the interview I did yesterday with Dawn and Alethia on That Sewing Blab by just clicking HERE for Crowdcast and HERE for YouTube.

Jan 17, 2017

Whatever Happened to the Bed Jacket?

Friends, when is the last time you saw someone wear a bed jacket who wasn't starring in a 1940's film noir?

Jan 16, 2017

TUNE IN TUESDAY @ 7:30 pm EST for my LIVE interview!

UPDATE: Hear the recorded interview HERE!

Jan 13, 2017

BIG REVEAL: The Completed African Wax Print Pants!

Readers, the pants are finished!

You can get a (much) better look at them here.  (And what luck to find a mustard-colored dumpster to coordinate with them -- what are the odds?)

Jan 11, 2017

Another African Print Project

Readers, what would you make out of six yards of this African wax print?

Jan 3, 2017

Jan 1, 2017

African Wax Print Project or "Happy New Shirt!"

Readers, do you remember the African wax prints above, which I purchased more than a year ago in the Garment District, along with a third, which I turned into the shirt below (one of my summer favorites)?

Dec 28, 2016

Modeling My New Summer Outfit!

Baby, it's cold outside but that doesn't matter.

You can see my just-completed summer pants and shirt ensemble here.

Dec 26, 2016

Last Outfit of 2016

Readers, having completed my tailoring and draping classes, this week I opted for a palate cleanser.
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