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Oct 31, 2014

Getting Started on my Orchid Flannel Project + New Patterns!

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.

And that's it.  Lots of sewing in the days ahead.

Happy Halloween, everybody!

Oct 30, 2014

Happiness Is a Sharp Pencil

I use pencils a lot when I sew.

Oct 29, 2014

Calling All Redheads!

Friends, I have become a little obsessed of late with red hair.

Oct 28, 2014

"We interrupt this Python" or Sidetracked by Organic Cotton Flannel

You know that old chestnut about women being afraid of snakes?  Well, I can't vouch for its accuracy or lack thereof, but I 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.

Oct 24, 2014

The Vinyl Frontier

I admit it: sometimes the blog title comes first and then I write the post to match it.  I think you'll agree, "The Vinyl Frontier" beats first runner-up, "The Vinyl Solution." 

Oct 22, 2014

Digging Out the Faux Python

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.

Oct 21, 2014

Reversible Garments -- YEA or NAY?

Friends, what are your thoughts about reversible garments?  Do you own any?  Have you ever made any -- and if so, was it worth the trouble?

Oct 18, 2014

This 'n That + Cape Fear

Much to cover so let's get started!

Oct 14, 2014

Prepping Simplicity 1820, a 30's Jacket Pattern

I still have outerwear on the brain as you can see.

Oct 10, 2014

Good-bye, Elna Lotus + How Did I Not Know About Botani Trimmings?

Friends, I sold another sewing machine this afternoon: my Elna Lotus.

Oct 9, 2014

In Search Of....High Quality Rib Knit Waistbanding

Above is a photo of an Italian Valstarino men's jacket (manufactured by the Milanese company Valstar).

Oct 6, 2014

Peter Models the Op-Art Anorak!

Readers, it's here, ahead of schedule and ready for its close-up!  (That's Versace up top, btw, not me.)

To see me model my newly completed black and white op-art anorak, just click here.

Oct 4, 2014

Oct 2, 2014

Anorak Muslin + Another Sewing Machine Sold!

Yesterday I made a muslin of my anorak.
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