Readers, the cranberry corduroy suit saga continues. Slowly. And look, I'm tailoring -- by hand! Do you believe it?
This is painstaking work, punctuated by frequent intrusive thoughts along the lines of, "I'm hand basting hair cloth to a cotton corduroy jacket?" It was a tough call. I want the jacket to have body but I didn't want to fuse interfacing to my corduroy -- although there apparently are some modern fusibles you can use with corduroy. I decided to do it the old fashioned way.
I'm almost done with my right front side; still have to pad stitch the lapel, among other things. Even with all the tailoring books I have (and I have too many) I've found Gertie's tailoring videos tremendously helpful and encouraging. She has such a sweet presence and I love those tender little moments when Jeff enters the room off camera or the cat jumps up on the table. I find myself watching them again and again and again, don't you?
On Monday I bought matching cranberry silk Gutermann thread, and have been using some of the tailoring supplies I bought to make Michael's today a dream, tomorrow still a dream suit. I even started by waxing my thread strands and then ironing them between pieces of fabric to remove the excess wax. Then I tried the silk thread without the wax and it worked just as well.
I mean, come on!
I've mainly been following Simplicity's Sewing For Men and Boys, but have also been consulting Kenneth King's Cool Couture, Cabrera's Classic Tailoring Techniques (for menswear), and Tailoring: The Classic Guild to Sewing the Perfect Jacket. As you might guess, they all do things a little differently so I'm just trying to pick out the techniques that seem best suited (ha ha) to this project.
From the front, the eensy-weensy handstitches are nearly invisible. That's about as good as it's going to get, I'm afraid. This is not wool tweed.
So that's how my week is developing and I hope yours is proving a little less tedious. I can't do more than a few hours of hand stitching per day or my eyes start to cross and my fingers go numb. But that's me.
In other news, I found a fantastic, working, Luceplan Berenice task lamp in the trash while walking the dogs this morning. People are strange.
We've been feeding the dogs free-range raw chicken parts and they're loving them. Eww, right?
And my vintage Gillette 1961 Super-Speed razor -- a recent eBay purchase -- has arrived, so I can now begin my new double-edge razor morning shaving ritual. Cross your fingers there's not too much blood. Wouldn't you like to read more about vintage-style men's grooming? Of course you would!
Friends, we've come to the end of our show. I hope you'll tune in tomorrow for Pad Stitching On Parade and maybe a few rousing show tunes. I hope your day is full of great garbage finds and lots of sewing -- by hand or that other way.
Happy Wednesday everybody!
P.S. Before I forget, if you'd like to see how I store my sewing patterns and maintain poor home hygiene, pop on over to The Blue Gardenia. I don't know why I agreed to expose the chaos that is my sewing space to the public at large but let's face it: I am loathe to turn down free publicity.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!