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Oct 24, 2014

The Vinyl Frontier



I admit it: sometimes the blog title comes first and then I write the post to match it.  I think you'll agree, "The Vinyl Frontier" beats first runner-up, "The Vinyl Solution." 

I have not made a whole lot of progress on my vinyl python print jacket.  I'm finding the fabric really fiddly to work with and not much fun.  I spent way to much time yesterday trying to make decent-looking front patch pockets.  But they never looked quite right and seemed to take away from the print, so  I ditched them.







Instead, I'm opting for two diagonal zippered pockets.  I'm hoping I don't regret it since I'll have to cut through the vinyl.  I bought these zippers today at Sil Thread.



I also bought a reversible zipper.  It's not two-way -- they didn't have any two-way reversible zippers but I'm assuming such things exist.





If nothing else, I'm learning a lot about zippers and zipper pulls!

The sleeves are attached.  Since vinyl doesn't ease, I had to cut the armhole a little deeper to fit the slightly larger sleeve cap.   Here's the armsyce seam, not yet pressed (you can press this vinyl with a presscloth).





Here's how things look so far.  The fit is fine; the sleeves will need to be shortened roughly 2" and I may take 1" off the length before adding the knit waistband.  I wouldn't want the jacket much longer than it appears here.









For the rib knit trim, I'm using pattern pieces from a 1970's Simplicity men's jacket pattern, 9924.  I haven't stitched the rib knit on yet though.





And that's it.  I don't think I'll be able to finish this over the weekend, but hopefully sometime next week.  And then I think I'll put vinyl behind me of a long, long while.

Have a great day, everybody!

Oh, before I forget: Karolyn Kiisel, author of Draping, The Complete Course, will be giving a presentation at the Fashion Institute of Technology bookstore on Tuesday, November 4th @ 6 pm, and it's open to the public (227 West 27th St.).  I plan to attend and I hope you will too, if you're local and have an interest.  (She'll be demonstrating actual draping techniques.)

Oct 22, 2014

Digging Out the Faux Python



When I first started sewing five years ago, I used to shop at two bargain-basement fabric stores on 35th St.  One is gone for good and the other seems to have changed hands: I haven't been by in a long time.

Oct 21, 2014

Reversible Garments -- YEA or NAY?



Friends, what are your thoughts about reversible garments?  Do you own any?  Have you ever made any -- and if so, was it worth the trouble?

Oct 18, 2014

This 'n That + Cape Fear



Much to cover so let's get started!

Oct 14, 2014

Prepping Simplicity 1820, a 30's Jacket Pattern



I still have outerwear on the brain as you can see.

Oct 10, 2014

Good-bye, Elna Lotus + How Did I Not Know About Botani Trimmings?



Friends, I sold another sewing machine this afternoon: my Elna Lotus.

Oct 9, 2014

In Search Of....High Quality Rib Knit Waistbanding



Above is a photo of an Italian Valstarino men's jacket (manufactured by the Milanese company Valstar).

Oct 6, 2014

Peter Models the Op-Art Anorak!



Readers, it's here, ahead of schedule and ready for its close-up!  (That's Versace up top, btw, not me.)

To see me model my newly completed black and white op-art anorak, just click here.

Oct 4, 2014

Oct 2, 2014

Anorak Muslin + Another Sewing Machine Sold!



Yesterday I made a muslin of my anorak.

Sep 30, 2014

Two sewing machines gone, two more heading out.



This morning as I sipped my coffee and glanced at the sewing table in the corner of my kitchen, I had an epiphany: 

Sep 28, 2014

The Secret Dressing Room Selfies!



Readers, I know it's wrong -- or is it wrong?

Sep 25, 2014

"And a Child Shall Lead Them" + Rita Moreno!



Friends, if you really want to make a six-year-old's day, let her walk your chihuahua.

Sep 24, 2014

Post-Parka Depression + So You Want To Sew a Men's Parka...



OK, so actually, I'm not experiencing post-parka depression but the title sounded intriguing.

If truth be told, however, I have been in a mild funk for more than a month now, and the parka project helped lift me out of it.  The challenge now is to stay out of it.  Sewing helps.
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