Michael has new eyeglass frames!
They're black and sort of hip/nerdy. I really like them. For some reason they photograph larger than they look in person (which was true of all those sunglasses I modeled last year too.)
I was hoping to start a new sewing project today but you know something? I'm too tired. I've sewn a lot this month and it's only half over. I still have my FIT homework to do too.
I had wanted to start a knock-off of this rain jacket, in a version that would be a few inches longer (and not neon).
My fabric is this blue coated cotton fabric from Mood.
I even did a rub off of the pattern pieces, which wasn't easy since it's a waterproof jacket and pins would pierce the coating.
In the end, I decided I don't have the energy to begin a project like this; to do this coat well would take a lot of time and I'm feeling a bit sewed-out. Plus I've had a mild cold since Tuesday.
I hemmed my Thai fisherman pants this morning and I'll share a tip I used. Normally I stand at my ironing board, press up 1/4" and then fold up from there. (In this case, I was folding up 1".) Rather than stand there with my hot iron, folding up each little section and measuring to make sure it's exactly an inch wide, I did it like this:
First, I fold up 1/4" and press. I do this by eye.
Then, from the new edge, I measure 2" in and draw a chalk line on both sides of the pants leg (i.e., around the entire inside of the pants leg, which is lying flat).
Next, I fold the edge to meet the line, making a 1" fold.
Finally, I stitch from either the inside or outside. And press.
I know this seems basic, but for a hem like mine, this method works really well. It's another technique I picked up from my menswear sewing class (we used in cuff-making).
Readers, that's all for today.
Maybe later this week I will revisit my cocktail dress project, Butterick 9690. Reader Mitchell was kind enough to send me a pic of the very same dress on Barbie!
(You can read more about the Barbie version here.)
Any favorite hemming techniques you wish to share?
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!