Friends, excuse the somewhat breathless tone of today's post but I'm just back from fabric shopping and you'll never guess what I came home with: more linen from Fabric For Less! (239 West 39th St.)
As you can see up top, Michael's abstract-print linen pants are finished. I haven't shortened them yet, since I want to run them through the wash, so they still have a bit of the "pajama bottom" about them; hemming should help that somewhat. He loves them as-is, though, and that's what's important.
Today's linen purchases are more conservative. I bought two yards of this medium pink, which will be a short-sleeve shirt for me (and about time too), and three yards of navy, with which I am going to make myself....a blazer!
Yes, friends, it's time to face my fears once and for all. This will be a relatively unstructured blazer and I've decided I'm going to take advantage of all the modern methods to make it. Otherwise I'll never do it.
QUESTION: Since this is going to be a garment I'll dry clean, should I still pre-wash the linen? I'm wondering if the hand will get too soft.
The plan is to follow the instructions in Kerstin Martensson's Kwik Sew Method Men's Wear book from 1971 and that's it. It will be lined. I'm going to use Simplicity 8368, below, which I picked up last week on Etsy for $3 and should arrive any day now. I'm going for a slightly shrunken fit; I'll muslin it first, of course. I like the two-button blue jacket below (View 1) but with patch pockets.
While I was in the Garment District, I also stopped by Steinlauf & Stoller. I bought a full roll of 3/8" cotton twill tape. I love this stuff, which is great for reinforcing seams, among other things.
I also bought more weft-weight interfacing in both black and white. This interfacing doesn't come with instructions but I've been using the nylon & silk setting on my (dry) iron for 10 seconds or so, and it's been fusing well.
I also got another yard of sew-in horse hair canvas.
They sell needle threaders loose for 20 cents apiece. I bought 10 -- I use them constantly and, sadly, they don't last very long, especially on needles that thread front-to-back since the wire has to bend at a sharp angle -- hate that.
I also stopped by C & C Button and bought more mens pants hook and eyes.
And that's it. I felt very decisive. I still intend to make a bucket hat, but I may start with the pink shirt since that sounds like the most fun at the moment.
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