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Jul 4, 2015

Zack Tries on His Shirt Muslin!

Meet handsome Zack!

He's the man I made that size 44" shirt muslin for earlier in the week.  Today he came by for a fitting.  (Yes, I work holidays.)

Other than a slight sloping shoulder adjustment in back, I don't think there's much work to be done. 

The base pattern I used was Simplicity 8541 from 1988.  I shortened the collar a little but otherwise sewed it straight from the envelope and it went together without a hitch.  If you're in the market for a slightly fitted shirt pattern, I recommend this one (and it's relatively easy to find online).

Below is Zack in a Ralph Lauren shirt he gave me as a sample of what he generally wears in RTW and how it fits.  (I also took his measurements.)  I think the slimmer line and slightly longer collar of the muslin are much more flattering.  He agrees -- and so does his girlfriend Christina.

Zack wasn't sure about what color shirt he wants, so with Christina and Michael's help, we tested a variety of colors and patterns from my fabric stash.  We think he looks best in salmon-y pinks,  olive-y greens, and more delicate prints (Michael thinks he's an Autumn.).  Fabrics with a sheen really bring out the warm glow in Zack's complexion.   See if you agree.

The following are the ones we liked best:

I'm really excited to be sewing for Zack and delighted that the muslin fit as well as it did.  (And a big thank-you to him for being such a good sport.)  I'll keep you updated as the project proceeds.

Have a great day, everybody!

Jul 3, 2015

Another Fitting with Susan: Wrap Skirt + Altered Bodice!

Susan had a fitting yesterday at that little French café that doesn't seem to mind us using their bathroom or seating area.  (We do usually eat there too of course!)

Jul 1, 2015

More Sewing Books? More Sewing Books!

Happy July, everybody!  Am I the only one who can't believe it's already July?

Jun 28, 2015

Back to Sewing with Vintage Sheets

When I first started sewing men's shirts, I made them out of vintage cotton/poly percale sheets I found at the thrift store.

Jun 25, 2015

Peter Models the Liberty Summer Shirt! (Pattern Mixing ALERT)

Friends, I've just completed my genuine Liberty of London summer shirt for the Mood Sewing Network.

You can see me model it this instant by clicking here.

Jun 24, 2015

Daisy Kingdom Little Girl Dress Patterns -- YEA or NAY?

Friends, let me preface this post by saying that I would never say anything intentionally to offend.

Jun 22, 2015

NAME THAT PATTERN: National Onion Rings Day Edition!

Friends, I came this close to forgetting that today, June 22nd is National Onion Rings Day.  Now I must be honest: I rarely eat onion rings, subscribing as I do to the adage (attributed to Kate Moss) that nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.  But if I were to eat onion rings, this is the day I'd be eating them and I'd even share mine with you!

Jun 19, 2015

Fitting Susan's Bodice Muslin

And now onto Susan's bodice muslin.

Jun 16, 2015

Susan Models the Pencil Skirt Muslin

Yesterday I drafted a straight skirt pattern using Susan's measurements, prepared a muslin, and was able to have Susan try it on -- a busy sewing day!

Jun 13, 2015

Inside Susan's RTW Wardrobe: Exploring Seam Finishes, Facings, et al.

When Susan came over last week, I asked her to bring me samples of some clothes from her wardrobe that fit well and that she likes.

Jun 11, 2015

Sewing for Susan: Self-drafted vs. Commercial Patterns

Meet my client, effervescent New Yorker Susan D!

Jun 4, 2015

Projects in the pipeline!

I really want to make another Ivy-style summer blazer, readers -- and maybe even a vest (my first).

This time I'll be using McCall's 5051 (above, from 1959) in a Size 34 chest (the smallest men's size available).  I'm hoping it fits me better than oversized Vogue 9445, which became Michael's tropical print blazer.  I think this McCall's blazer will likely to be a solid or simple stripe -- no hibiscus need apply.

Jun 1, 2015


Friends, I'm thrilled to announce that our 5th (Fifth!) Annual MPB Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 8th!

May 30, 2015

Sonia (Mom) Models the Floral Blouse!

It's Mom's first official photo shoot! (click on pics to supersize)

May 29, 2015

Enough Muslins -- Let's Get Started!

I could certainly have made a few more muslins before cutting into my fashion fabric for my mother's blouse, but since I paid $5 for this cotton print (at Metro Textiles), the stakes aren't very high.
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