I like to alter ready to wear clothing. I mean, really. This chambray shirt belongs to my son-in-law Brian (he’s a photographer); it fits him well, except the sleeves were very, very long. In this post, you’ll see how I took the path of least resistance to get to the desired end. We examined the… Read More Garment Alteration: Shortening a Shirt Sleeve
This mini-post is about the only two men’s shirts I’ve sewn, like ever; and these two fellows are the lucky recipients. The guy with the bats on his shirt is my nephew and the fellow in the blue chambray is my son-in-law. Blue Chambray Man photographed Bat Shirt Man because Blue Chambray Man is a… Read More Bat Shirt Man and Blue Chambray Man
Hi guys, here’s a quick, fun, palate-cleanser of a sewing project. I made sleep masks at the request of my favorite couple – my daughter and son-in-law. But…. couldn’t stop with just two. So, the third one in the picture is a bonus sleep mask. Mask 1 is made with scraps of blue chambray with… Read More Little Happy Stuff to Sew: Sleep Mask Edition
Hi friends! Remember my post about a first attempt at sewing a men’s shirt? My son-in-law, Brian (the owner of the shirt) is modeling it to perfection over here! Photography credit goes to his wife, Sarah Mirza. I am especially thankful for Brian trusting me with making him a clothing item! How many men will… Read More Shirt Success!
I have sewn many things, but never a man’s button-down shirt. This project is for my son in law, Brian. A captive audience, one might say, but my dear SIL is willing to wear whatever I make for him. We agreed on using McCalls 6044. The shirt is basic and the pattern envelope model looks great… Read More First Attempt: Men’s Button-down Shirt
We move ahead in replicating the grey (or gray) ready-to-wear silk tunic, mentioned in the last post. I’m lifting, so to speak, the “bones” of a pattern and using that information to make something quite different from original intentions by the pattern company. Same bones, but such a different look! Colette Pattern Company’s Sencha Blouse… Read More Grey Silk Tunic, Part 2.Manipulating the Pattern
Good Morning, dear Readers! This will be a short post because I’m actually in the process of knocking off a ready-to-wear tunic. Two things: High-end is a relative term. The tunic is gorgeous in it’s simplicity, and it’s $70 at COS, a clothing retailer. Not that high end, compared to the number of hours and… Read More Grey Silk Tunic. Part 1
Occasionally, I will indulge in some unselfish sewing. This year’s unselfish project is this dress for my daughter #2 who now lives across the Atlantic. Those of you who’ve made things for recipients far away, know much better than I do, the process of long distance sewing when it’s a fitted garment. But that’s fodder… Read More Sewing Sarah’s Dress