Readers, as 2011 draws to a close, I find myself wanting to choose one last big project to finish off the year with a bang. I have four weeks.
Longtime readers will know that I've tackled suit jackets before. I made this green/gray thing my first year of sewing. This polyester blazer wasn't nearly as nice as it looks in this photo and I never wore it out of the house. I'm pretty sure I've since dumped it.
I also made this eye-catching blazer. Alas, I never lined it and never wore it out of the house either. I do wear the matching pants, however.
Last year, I tried my hand at a corduroy jacket. I went overboard purchasing tailoring books, however, ended up intimidated, and never finished it. I'm not excited about it anymore.
In all the above cases, I used vintage Seventies jacket and suit patterns. For some reason, at that time there was an explosion of men's tailored garment patterns, heavens knows why. I've never seen a suit pattern from, say, the Forties, with the occasional blazer pattern turning up in the late Fifties. Then all of a sudden, suits and blazers everywhere! I own many such patterns.
Anyway, I'm considering taking the plunge once again. This time, however, I'm going to limit myself to just one book, Simplicity's Sewing for Men and Boys.
Is it the definitive tailoring book? Probably not, but it's straight forward and it's good enough for my current level of sewing. If I complete the project and I'm ready for something more complex, I can move on to something like this.
I was looking at suiting fabric yesterday, and then I remembered I already have two different blue wool suitings in my stash, one a gift from my friend Melody, who owns Fashionista Fabrics, and another something I found in the trash (!), albeit in a clean plastic storage box full of sewing and knitting supplies. (This happened before I started blogging.)
The trash suiting is Italian cashmere, and I have more than three yards. The dog hair was my contribution.
Melody's gift is lighter weight pinstripe, and I have more than four yards.
So the question now is, am I up for this? The pink blanket topper coat built my confidence somewhat, and I think I'd be more inclined to sew Michael a suit down the line (for which I already have the fabric) if I'd already made one for myself. Plus, let's face it, knowing it's for me will give me a little more motivation.
So that's the story. I'd likely start with pants, just to get acquainted with working with the wool. If those turn out well, I'll be more excited about doing the jacket.
How do you feel about tackling tailoring projects, friends? Do you generally avoid these kind of things or are you willing to deal with notched collars, pad stitching, and sleeve heads?
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught home sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mainly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!