Men’s Liberty of London Cotton Poplin Shirt

When it comes to menswear, shirts are my favorite garment to make. I relish the challenges involved, like precise topstitching, special finishes like flat-felled seams, and the creation of a perfectly balanced collar. I also enjoy the creative challenge of finding coordinating fabrics to add special touches like a contrasting inner collar stand, cuff, or under collar.  These details can be hard to find in ready-to-wear shirts, but make what might otherwise be an ordinary shirt into something special. I love working with the Liberty of London and Liberty-inspired cottons available at Mood Fabrics. Last summer I found a beautiful […]

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A Perfect Plaid Statement Coat!

Don’t you love when you find a hidden gem in a pattern? I do!  And this is what Vogue 9123 is, a hidden gem.  I completely overlooked this pattern since it was released.  And lo and behold, the perfect lightweight coat pattern! We tend to have a lot of mild winter temps, and this coat is perfect for that type of breezy winter weather.  My perfect fabric is this Rose/Gray/Off-White Flannelled Wool Coating.  It’s very lightweight and feels almost like a wool suiting. I cut the size 14 straight from the envelope.  I didn’t have to make any adjustments.  I […]

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Peplum Faille Jacket – Burda 7495

    I debated posting this peplum faille jacket because I didn’t get a smooth sleeve cap. But after looking through the many projects that I didn’t post or review this year (2015), I decided that this jacket was note worthy. Not every project is perfect, and it’s always good to share challenges with garment construction. Black polyester faille was ideal for my Burda 7495 peplum jacket. Unfortunately, it is sold out/no longer carried at Mood. But there are several other faille fabrics currently available.  I have my eye on the black and white poke-a-dot on the first page. Faille […]

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