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Nov 24, 2015

The Impromptu Black Denim Jacket Project

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that two weeks ago I tried on a very cute Comme des Garcons jacket at Dover Street Market and decided to make something (somewhat) similar.
Here's the jacket.

I liked the fit and the way the jacket zipped up on a horizontal angle.  I found a vintage Thirties pattern on eBay that I thought I could use as a jumping off place.  Yes, it's for pajamas, but the top had possibilities.

I was all set to make a muslin out of an old sheet but decided to use some inexpensive black denim and see if I could make something wearable right off the bat.  The denim is super-stiff and, since I'm not planning to machine launder the jacket, I didn't prewash it.  I know I said I don't wear black, but this is more like a charcoal gray.

I picked up a black separating zipper at Sil Thread in the Garment District and had it cut down to the size I needed.  I re-drafted the front right pattern piece so that I could insert one side of the zipper into the middle of it, running up to the right shoulder (like you'd find in a motorcycle jacket).  The other side of the zipper will be attached to the front left lapel edge.

The basic shape of the jacket is like this white leather jacket (below), only with a zipper instead of buttons, and no epaulets (and like this one, single, rather than double-breasted).

Here's how things look so far.  I haven't added the facings or overcollar yet, or the sleeves.

If things still look promising after the "turn of the cloth" (the point at which I attach the facings and turn them to the inside of the jacket), I'll add two front pockets, either welt or patch.  I don't plan to line the jacket and I hate visible pocket bags, so maybe patch pockets is the way to go. 

It's fun to just jump into something without much planning.  Keeps things, fresh, know what I mean?

I'm hoping to make matching jeans too; we'll see how much black denim is left.

And that's it.

Have a great day, everybody!

Nov 21, 2015

What I've Been Sewing of Late

I always enjoy expanding my sewing horizons by taking on new challenges.

Nov 18, 2015

And the WINNER IS......!

Readers, while you're all deserving of prizes in my mind, sadly I had only one Kenneth King DVD to give away to a lucky MPB reader.

Today, I am happy to announce that the winner of the Smart Sewing With Fake Fur DVD is.......

Nov 16, 2015

Mackinaw Madness!

Readers, while I try to maintain a clear plotline here at Male Pattern Boldness, there are usually a few subplots going on, not all of which I discuss publicly. 

Nov 13, 2015


Friends, despite extensive negotiation between his people and my people, I am sad to report that I will not be able to give couture fashion designer Kenneth D. King away to any of my readers.  There's only one of him, alas, and he's a busy man.

However, thanks to the generosity of Mr. King, I am able to give away a sealed copy of his latest DVD, Smart Sewing with Fake Fur to one lucky MPB reader!

Nov 11, 2015

Neoprene Updates!

Now that my silver jeans are done, I'm thinking about my neoprene project again.

Nov 9, 2015

Peter Models the Silver Metallic Jeans!

My silver jeans are done and you can see me model them here!

Nov 6, 2015

WARNING: Silver Denim Can Be Blinding

I'm happy to report that my silver denim jeans are nearly finished.

Nov 3, 2015

Oct 31, 2015

Oct 28, 2015

My New Paisley Shirt -- from 1942!

A few weeks ago, longtime MPB reader Pam (who comments as erzulimojo) sent me extraordinary cotton paisley shirting she'd purchased in the UK a number of years ago and never used.

Oct 25, 2015

Things I Don't Get, Vol. 17 - People Who Wear Black All the Time

I know them.  You know them.  You may even be one of them!

Readers, what is it with people who wear black, like, all the time?

Oct 21, 2015

Peter Models (Belatedly) the Striped Knit Rugby Shirt!

Now that fall is here and, with it, cooler days, I finally found a weather-appropriate day to model my striped knit rugby shirt which, you may or may not recall, I completed late last summer.

You can view it today by clicking here.

Oct 18, 2015

What I've Been Sewing, et al.

It will come as no surprise that I've been sewing a lot of shirts lately.

Oct 15, 2015

Laura Mae Comes Over to Play!

It isn't often I get to see my friend, Californian co-blogger Laura Mae, so when I heard she was coming East to visit family and would be in New York City for the day, I quickly arranged a play date!
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