Introducing the boxtop, a new menswear garment!
Men’s fashion doesn’t change very quickly, so every once in a while I like to give it a little push. The idea of combining a dress shirt with boxers isn’t original to me. Back in the 1920′s, Arrow offered something similar. (Notice how the Arrow shirt buttons up the right leg.) More recently, a French company has begun marketing a shirt/boxer combo called the calchemise, which I wrote about earlier this month on my blog. My readers were ambivalent and, initially, I was too. So I decided to make one and see for myself. For my version, I used a [...]
Bird Print Cotton Shirtdress
Hello, everyone! This spring, I’ve been totally consumed by an old love of mine: shirtdresses. Not only are they on trend this season, but there are a ton of new patterns out there. Whether you’re into swishy, feminine designs or modern, deconstructed takes on the style, some company is offering your platonic button-down dress. Personally, I’m forever drawn to classic styling. Stand collars, tailored button bands, and cinched waists are my ideal details. While my TNT pattern (M6696) has all of these, I’ve been itching to try something new. McCall’s 7351 fits that bill perfectly. This is a slightly more [...]
Maroon Double Cloth Lace – Simplicity 1314
My eyes light up with joy when I see something beautiful. And that was exactly what happened when I saw this Maroon Double Cloth with Lace from Mood. At first, I imagined a high-waist pencil skirt. But when the pretty cloth arrived to my surprise the yardage was more than I requested. It must have been the last on the roll, because it included this tag. No matter the circumstance, I was too happy to get a little more and couldn’t let it go to waste. So I decided to make Simplicity 1314 again. There is nothing wrong with getting [...]
Cotton Stretch Sateen
Baby or bridal shower, garden party or luncheon, I’ve got a blooming dress to wear My fabric, a blue/green/white floral cotton stretch sateen is only one of many from Mood Fabrics’ delightful collection of cotton stretch sateens! With Spring in full bloom, I was craving a bouquet of my own and selected Butterick 6048, View C for its whimsical cutout shoulders. What I thought would be an easy sew became quite eventful, but the sateen beautifully held its own against multiple bastings, the frixon pen and a busy seam ripper. The dress is designed as a pullover (with a center back seam), but after [...]
Kitty Cat Print Shirtdress!
Hello everyone! And happy last day of March! Please excuse my frizzy hair and general unkempt-ness in these photos. Our weather of late has decided to be mild, but sticky, overcast, and permanently threatening rain, but never delivering – like living inside a cloud. Good for the plants, but not so great for looking polished and put-together! But that’s ok! Frizzy hair and melting makeup can’t put a damper on my enthusiasm for this new dress! March is my birthday month and I always like to work on something a little extra special as a bit of a gift to [...]
Emerald Cotton Riding Jacket
We all have a list. Whether you’ve collected it into a spreadsheet or Pinterest board, whether it’s posted above your sewing machine or lodges only in your mind, amorphous and ever-changing, every sewist has one. The list of dream projects. Mine is filled with all sorts of garments, from swirling velvet cloaks to exact replicas of every costume from Thoroughly Modern Millie. It’s rare that I actually sew something off this list, because how often do I need a floor length lavender silk gown with a bateau neckline? Sometimes, though, real world needs and dream projects collide. Such was the [...]
Classic Navy and White for Spring!
A navy blazer is classic and timeless. It’s also essential to my wardrobe and the reason I needed to feel that hole. I’d run across this fabulous Theory Uniform Navy Striped Stretch Cotton-Linen Blend from Mood Fabrics.com. I knew it would be perfect for a jacket. I selected Vogue Patterns 1439, from designer Anne Klein. I love Anne Klein patterns. The styles, especially the jackets and pants have excellent tailored details and classically-chic styles. Here is the ready-to-wear version which is currently sold out. I cut the size 14. I like to give myself room with jackets. Even though this is [...]
Silk Crepe Blouse + Corduroy Skirt
As much as I love the ease and guaranteed matching of making a dress, I also really really love sewing separates. To prevent the dreaded “closet orphan” (that one piece that doesn’t go with anything else in your closet), I always try to choose fabric and styles that will mix and match with things already existing in my wardrobe. Black and white polka dots and mustard tend to go with everything, so this particular duo was a no-brainer! The blouse is made from some gorgeous black and white polka dotted silk crepe that I bought at Mood Fabrics while in [...]
Colorful menswear for spring!
Spring makes me want more color in my wardrobe. And in everyone else’s! I worked on two additional projects this month I wanted to share. One is a wacky and wonderful knit sweater I made for myself and the other is a long-sleeved dress shirt in an Easter-y palette I made for my partner, Michael. First, the sweater. I found this wonderful wool blend Italian knit — a one-yard bolt end — at Mood Fabrics in NYC. I loved the saturated colors, which immediately made me think of The Simpsons – very cartoonish. It also has raised areas, like a topographical [...]