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Sep 16, 2014

Parka Project Post #1 - Pockets



The parka project has commenced.

A few changes since my last post:

I've switched fabrics once again.  Instead of the plaid I showed you Sunday, the outside of the parka will be this water-repellant, coated cadet blue cotton:



I decided against the plaid because, after looking online at a lot of photos of raglan-sleeve plaid garments, I realized I wasn't crazy about how they look -- too busy.  Also, I didn't have enough fabric for all the plaid matching the garment would require.  I switched my inside fabric too, to this gray cotton, also somewhat water repellant as you can see below.





If I love how the jacket turns out, I can make it again in heavier fabrics down the line.  This version is going to be quite lightweight.

Yesterday I bought most of my notions and cut my outer fabric.  The notions are mainly from Daytona Trim and Sil Thread.







Today I started on the lower pockets.  These are actually double pockets: flap pockets (with velcro closures) on the outside, and "handwarmer" pockets with a "curved hand entry area" underneath.







I still have to attach the pockets to the jacket fronts and stitch the bottom velcro pieces on.  These flap pockets are likely going to remain closed most of the time, so I'm not too concerned about velcro-related mishaps.



I'll likely add the top vertical zipper pockets before I attach these lower pockets, in case I mess up the zipper pockets and need to cut new fronts.  Hopefully that won't happen.

A lot of work to do in the days ahead.

Finally, my self-healing mat of many years seems to have received a mortal wound.   I think I backed a chair onto it and sat down on the chair.  I recommend not doing that.



And that's it.  Have a great day, everybody!

Sep 14, 2014

My Mojo Says "Parka"



My mojo has returned.  It's not quite as strong as it could be but I'll take what I can get.

Sep 12, 2014

Inspiration Post: Harper's Bazaar, June 1955



I may be on a temporary sewing hiatus, but I'm certainly not on an inspiration hiatus.

Sep 10, 2014

FIVE TIPS for Downsizing Your Fabric Stash (or anything else)

Digging out the bedroom: there's a bed under there somewhere!

Despite my having written many posts about decluttering, one of the areas I've never tackled is my fabric stash.

Sep 6, 2014

The Mystery of the Missing Mojo



Readers, I can't explain it.

Sep 3, 2014

NAME THAT PATTERN: End-of-Summer Edition!



Friends, now that it's back-to-school season, it's time to put our thinking caps back on and play another round of MPB's exclusive pattern-naming game, NAME THAT PATTERN!

Sep 1, 2014

What I Did On My Summer Vacation + New Patterns



I'm back from the Cape, readers!

Aug 22, 2014

Swimsuits 2, 3, & 4 (including Michael's Marc Jacobs Floral Print Square Cut)



Readers, in one of those "only could happen to Peter" moments of which I experience so many, I was walking the dogs yesterday when what do I discover discarded at a nearby curb but a pile of clean swimwear knit remnants (above).  I took it as a sign that I am aligned with my purpose.

Aug 21, 2014

Swimsuit #1: Square-Cut Tropical Print (NSFW?)



Let's face it: there's not a lot of tailoring in a mens swimsuit.  It's basically two or three pieces of fabric stitched together with the top folded-over to create a casing for a drawstring.  But it has to fit.  And ideally it's finished in a professional way.  That's my ideal anyway.

Aug 20, 2014

My New Summer Outfit -- Modeled TODAY!



My finished project is live today -- just click here.

A confession: I had the two fabrics above sitting in my stash for a year. 

Aug 19, 2014

Three Days to Whip Up Some Swimsuits



With my latest shirts and linen shorts finished (they debut tomorrow), I still have three days to sew some last-minute holiday togs.

Aug 18, 2014

Working on My Linen Shorts + How I Nearly Burned the House Down



So let me start with the burning the house down part, since it's clearly more newsworthy than a pair of linen shorts.

Aug 17, 2014

My Fair VLOG-y!



Friends, once again it's Sunday VLOG time!

On this week's episode, you'll find out about my sewing week, get a sneak peek at a recently completed sewing project, and hear me sing two of your favorite show tunes -- or somebody's!

Aug 15, 2014

Getting Started on My Wacky Patterned Shirt



I was back at the sewing machine today, but I spent most of my time laying out and cutting my fabric.

Aug 14, 2014

Released from Jury Duty and Issued a Summons -- Oh, Sweet Irony!



To quote Barbra Streisand singing "Sadie, Sadie" in Funny Girl, "Oy, what a day I had today!"
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