Would you believe I never wore them out of the house?
It's not so much on account of the loud print as the yuckiness of the cheap fabric, which I found in the $2/yd. pile at a now defunct fabric store on 39th Street. Though they're cut like regular jeans, they'd work better as jeggings since they have a lot of stretch -- a lot.
Anyway, I finally did wear them on Wednesday, when I registered for my first FIT class. Yes, it's official: I signed up for Menswear Sewing with the professor recommended to me by a number of MPB readers (and whom I happened to meet by chance the day I registered). The class begins on Tuesday, January 28, which leaves me plenty of time to pick out my first-day outfit -- or make one!
In newsboy cap news, I haven't yet finished my sofa-leather cap but I'm well on my way. As it turns out, this cap is going to be for Michael, since he likes the look of it more than I do. As soft as this leather was as upholstery, lambskin would have been better for a cap but so be it.
I still haven't chosen my Mood project for this month. A coat for Michael is still a possibility, but the longer I delay the less likely I'll have it finished in time. I would make it with this plaid wool:
I also have this leopard/cheetah knit sitting in my stash.
To be honest, this is a purchase I sort of regret. I have no idea what to make with it. I think it would make a really neat sweater in a somewhat avant-garde shape -- but would I wear such a garment?
Today I picked up this beautiful cotton/linen blend, which looks like chambray, only stiffer. It could be a suit, vintage-inspired outwear, or even a shirt. I haven't seen this type of thing before and there was only one bolt, so I bought four yards.
I also looked for new fabrics for my mother's robe/housecoat. I found these two cotton sweatshirt fleeces but I'm not really inspired by them -- I think they're simply too thin. Maybe pique would be a better choice.
Finally, are you familiar with that series of newly-translated (into English) Japanese pattern books by Yoshiko Tsukiori? (There are three books so far.) I flipped throughStylish Dress Book: Simple Smocks, Dresses, and Tops, and I thought a lot of the styles were really cute. I could see some of them working for my mother and my sister-in-law (whom I owe a dress).
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using 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!