Jan 10, 2014
Do you remember these leopard pants I made two years ago?
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 Stylish 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).
And that's it. Lots of things to keep me busy.
Have a great day, everybody!