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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?

I ask because my hunch is that most people rarely, if ever, reverse their reversible clothes; they prefer one side and stick with that.  (Also, doesn't one side get sweat stains?)  But I'm open to the possibility that I'm mistaken!

I've been thinking about reversible garments lately because I'm about to make a muslin of my 1930's men's jacket -- the one with the rib knit cuffs, collar, and waistband - and I'm thinking it might be a fun challenge to make it reversible, with wool plaid on one side and cotton/nylon on the other.

But would I ever reverse it? 

I found some very cool reversible jackets online that were just the kind of thing I'd been envisioning:











I'm not entirely sure how I'd construct such a jacket with all those knit edges -- I guess it would be like bagging a lining where you'd leave one seam open and pull everything right-side-out -- but I'm assuming I'd be able to figure it out.

Commercial sewing patterns for reversible garments have been around for decades.  They're usually relatively simple-to-construct garments: basic skirts, shell jackets, boleros, stuff like that.  Which makes sense, since you must to be able to turn them inside-out and have both sides look fully finished.











Cathy is no stranger to reversible clothes, owning both a reversible playsuit top and reversible bikini.  Actually, Cathy's a bit reversible herself...









In closing, readers, what's your take?

In these days of fast fashion, is there really any need for two-sided clothes when you can just as easily (and relatively cheaply) buy two entirely separate garments?

And isn't the whole reversible clothes thing based on a matchy-matchy outfit ideal that, by and large, has gone out of style?

Reversible garments -- YEA or NAY?

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.

Sep 30, 2014

Two sewing machines gone, two more heading out.



This morning as I sipped my coffee and glanced at the sewing table in the corner of my kitchen, I had an epiphany: 

Sep 28, 2014

The Secret Dressing Room Selfies!



Readers, I know it's wrong -- or is it wrong?

Sep 25, 2014

"And a Child Shall Lead Them" + Rita Moreno!



Friends, if you really want to make a six-year-old's day, let her walk your chihuahua.

Sep 24, 2014

Post-Parka Depression + So You Want To Sew a Men's Parka...



OK, so actually, I'm not experiencing post-parka depression but the title sounded intriguing.

If truth be told, however, I have been in a mild funk for more than a month now, and the parka project helped lift me out of it.  The challenge now is to stay out of it.  Sewing helps.

Sep 23, 2014

Peter Models the Completed Mountain Parka!



Friends, today is the first day of fall (Happy fall!) and my parka is finished.

You can see me model it here.

Sep 20, 2014

Parka Post #3 - Hoods, Cuffs + Baby's First Grommet



Friends, at last I can see the light at the end of the tunnel vis-a-vis this parka project.  If I had my snaps in hand, I could probably finish tomorrow.  Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for them to arrive in the mail, so Monday at the earliest.
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