Friends, I don't know how many of you will remember this, but three years ago to the day, Cathy gave me a complete wardrobe makeover. (It started here, and you can see the highly successful results here.)
Friends, I stumbled on this vintage original 8x10 glossy photo of an "unidentified seamstress" and her Singer sewing machine on eBay last week and I knew right away I had to have it, especially for $2.95.
Friends, I'm not sure if I ever said this explicitly, but one of the reasons I was excited about being able to sew my own clothes was that I no longer had to deal with ready-to-wear clothing that almost never fit right.
I'm almost finished with my first real version of V8889 -- Vogue's latest men's shirt pattern -- and after tracing the original and adding my changes, I think I've come up with a version that fits me well.
Readers, I want to open with part of a comment that design expert Kathleen Fasanella of Fashion Incubator once left on my blog, the context being an entry I wrote two years ago about some (very ill-fitting) Marc Jacobs shirts I tried on at Barney's Co-op:
Readers, I was pleasantly surprised to discover recently that Vogue has expanded its men's pattern offerings. They currently have fifteen men's patterns for sale and none of them are pajamas or scrubs!
What fun I had you-know-where this morning, readers!
For starters, fabric, glorious fabric. The print above feels like rayon and I adore the colors and drape. This fabric is saying to me, Forties cocktail dress, Forties cocktail dress... Actually, that's the same thing I hear when I put a conch shell to my ear. Or a Dixie cup.
I'm a little late with this, friends, but I'm excited to be giving away a copy of the December 2012/January 2013 copy of Vogue Patterns with my most recent article in it, all about my favorite vintage sewing machine models!
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly 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!