A new week begins and with it, new sewing projects! I can't devote my entire life to finishing a linen blazer; there is so much more that needs doing here at MPB, Inc. Oh, before I forget: what a delight to play Name That Pattern with so many of you this weekend. I haven't chosen a winner yet, so if you still want to play, please do!
Yesterday I didn't sew a stitch as we rented a car and drove up to some Hudson River towns, where we visited greenmarkets, drank iced coffee, picnicked, and escaped the city for a day. Sadly, it was hot and humid everywhere we went but river breezes do help!
My mother commented on my linen shorts: she's the second person in as many days to ask, Did you make those? -- which always leaves me wondering if it's because they look like nothing you'd find in a store, or because the workmanship is so poor that they could only have been made at home? Hopefully the former...though it could be both.
The dogs got to chase balls. Well, Freddy chases balls; Willy chases Freddy. He'll figure it out yet.
Meanwhile, I went to the Garment District on Saturday to pick up shoulder pads (I decided the zillion I already owned weren't satisfactory for my blazer) and I also purchased new fabric! I love this tropical cotton print from Fabric For Less on 39th St. (and I've already found matching floral embellishments).
At 35th St. Fabric (260 West 35th St.), a generic hole-in-the-wall place I visit sometimes because you never know, I also found this black and white floral cotton print which I may use as contrast -- or not.
I don't want to give too much away, but my next project involves this pattern, a cousin of mine in her seventh month, and an imminent four-day vacation to Fire Island. I'll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, in blazer land, things are winding down. I looked through all my many dozens of sewing books and only ONE explained how to line a double-vented (also called a side-vented) jacket. It wasn't in Roberto Cabrera's Classic Tailoring Techniques (center vents only), or Jane Rhinehart's How to Make Men's Clothes, or any of the tailoring and couture sewing books in my collection. I found what I needed only in The Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Menswear by Lori A. Knowles.
And here it is:
This probably isn't of much interest to you, but I was very happy to find it. I do own an RTW double-vented blazer, but I couldn't figure out how those vents were lined.
My lining is slowly coming together with the help of lots of hand basting (with silk thread, la di dah). I would love to have this finished by Wednesday, buttonholes and all.
And that's it. We're facing another brutally hot week here in NYC, but I'm expecting to be indoors most the time, which is so much better for the complexion.
In closing, readers, when people ask you if you made what you're wearing, do you generally take it as a compliment, or do you inwardly wonder if it's because it looks like something whipped up in a junior high school home economics class?
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!