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Dec 16, 2014

Progress on the Wool Shacket (Shirt Jacket)

I am not quite done with my shacket, readers, but I'm getting close.

Collar and cuffs are attached, and today I managed to finish the front pockets.

I decided to cut my pockets to blend in with the plaid, as opposed to on the bias.  It made cutting a little more complicated, but I like the way they look.  I also decided to add pocket flaps.

Like the collar and cuffs, the pocket flaps are lined with brown cotton shirting.

If you've never attached pocket flaps, it's not difficult, but since the plaids had to match the process was time-consuming.  That wide seam allowance on the flap (below) gets trimmed to roughly 1/4", and then the flap is topstitched across the top from the right side.

I purchased horn buttons today: they're slightly larger than regular shirt buttons.

I still have to make my buttonholes.  I plan to stitch the buttons on by hand -- this garment really merits that.

And that's it.  The shacket should be ready by Thursday -- very soon.

Have a great day, everybody!

Back yoke is cut on the bias.

Dec 12, 2014

My Next Project: a Shacket!

When I recently saw a photo of this snazzy wool "Patrol shirt jacket" on the Cadet website, I immediately thought, I can whip up one of those -- and for a whole lot less than $228! (fabric and notions only, not labor; sewing is my joy, not my job).

Dec 9, 2014

70's Bedsheet Score + Keeping Up With Technology

I knew when I started reading complaints about my choice of boring muslin fabrics in my last post's comments, I had to do something and fast.

Dec 3, 2014

Dec 1, 2014


I love to sew, obviously.  What I'm not a big fan of is mending. 

Nov 29, 2014

Battle of the Turtlenecks: And the winner is....!

This has to be one of the sorriest sights I've ever photographed (click pic to super-dupersize).

Nov 28, 2014

This and Hat

To those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you.  To the rest, happy Friday!

Nov 26, 2014

Back It Goes + Coat Muslin Progress

The vast majority of you who commented yesterday will be happy to know that the light blue L.L. Bean turtleneck I modeled yesterday is headed back to Maine, free of charge (to me).

Nov 25, 2014

Keep or Return? or "The Unbearable Cheapness of Bean"

Is it me or have men's cotton turtlenecks nearly vanished from mainstream fashion?

Nov 24, 2014

On With the Sew

Readers, thank you so much for your many words of support regarding my mother's injury.

She asked me to send along her thanks as well.  My mom's doing somewhat better: eating (not enough but some), pushing through her exercises with her physical therapists, and even -- this is a big one -- accepting phone calls and visits from a few friends.  I see her most days and I'm actually enjoying the trips, believe it or not.  Being able to bicycle to the hospital (well, near it) helps too.

Nov 21, 2014

A Difficult Week

Not great news that could have been much, much worse.

Nov 19, 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole of Japanese Men's Style Magazines!

I've been aware of the fascinating world of Japanese men's style magazines for a few years now.

Nov 17, 2014


Friends, I am delighted to announce the latest version of MPB's exclusive pattern-naming game: NAME THAT PATTERN, 100% Gluten-Free.  Now you can indulge in the revelry without worry of tummy upset.  Bean-based, it's more digestible and more nutritious too!  

Nov 16, 2014

Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color UPDATE

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had purchased a used copy of the Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color.

Nov 14, 2014

My Wild Wool Challis Shirt!

Readers, my internet service is back AND my shirt is done!  You can view me modeling it here.
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