Question: Is there really any difference between lilac, orchid, and lavender? If so, what is it?
I started cutting into my organic flannel today and made decent progress on my project. Can you guess what I'm sewing?
If you guessed evening gown, you'd be wrong. It's going to be a mens shirt. I hope to finish it over the weekend and then it's back to vinyl python.
This is the heaviest flannel I've ever sewn with, very similar to chamois, maybe identical. I'm sewing this on my vintage Singer 201, and so far, so good.
Notice how well the thread matches the fabric. We were instructed at FIT to buy thread that's one shade darker than the fabric color we want to match because it shows up lighter when you use it. I wish I had known that when I started sewing shirts; in retrospect, my thread was often too light.
Meanwhile, I have received three new patterns in the mail!
I think I'll be making that Daisy Kingdom "wind shirt" (the first of the three) out of this coated fabric I picked up during the week -- we'll see.
You know that old chestnut about women being afraid of snakes? Well, I can't vouch for its accuracy or lack thereof, butI can say that, much to my surprise, every woman who has caught sight of my python jacket-in-progress has totally oohed and aahed over it -- my octogenarian mother included.
When I first started sewing five years ago, I used to shop at two bargain-basement fabric stores on 35th St. One is gone for good and the other seems to have changed hands: I haven't been by in a long time.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught home sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mainly 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!