I know, I know, I'm supposed to be ditching. But all ditch and no dumpster makes MPB a dull blog. Look what I found on my afternoon dog walk!
Who can't use a decorative gilt mirror?
Meanwhile, I spent more hours than I care to admit working on the muslin of my Japanese coat, which henceforth I shall refer to as a jacket. I decided to trace the size Medium instead of the Small. Since this garment will be lined and likely worn over sweaters, I think that makes more sense, don't you?
Tracing the pattern pieces and adding seam allowances wasn't that big a deal, but it did take a lot of concentration and time on my knees.
The diagrams in the pattern book are relatively clear, thankfully. I'm adding only 1/2" seam allowances, at least for this trial run. (I may need a wider allowance at the hem.)
I'm using an old thrift store sheet for the muslin. The pattern is miniature white Scotties.
I'll post photos of me in it when I've finished the collar, hopefully tomorrow.
In other news, I rarely highlight other people's finished projects -- that's what THEIR blogs are for -- but can we talk about Laura Mae for a moment?
I'm not a huge fan of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, inspiration for the film scores of a thousand women's weepies, but Laura Mae was going to her local symphony gala to hear it and needed something to wear, so she whipped this up.
Not only did she sew the dress, she embellished it with beads, created a matching hat, belt and handbag, peacock feather brooch and shoe clips. And padded her hips. And dyed her gloves. I also suspect she donned false eyelashes. I say Brava! You can say what you like by visiting her over at her blog, Lilacs & Lace.
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!