You'd have to be living under a rock not to know that this month is Me-Made-May.
I don't participate because, with the exception of a leather jacket, a Starlight Express sweatshirt, and a bunch of second-hand undershirts, I don't own any clothes I haven't sewn myself. Plus, I fear I'm on the verge of overexposure as a model. But I did want to show you (above) what I wore yesterday to a choral concert a friend of Michael's was singing in at historic Grace Church.
Sometimes I get fixated on a perceived flaw in something I've just sewn and I can't get past it. Then I revisit the item six months later and I honestly can't remember what the problem was. Does this ever happen to you?
I had convinced myself that the shoulders in this blue linen jacket I
made two summers ago were too padded. Indeed, when I used the pattern again to
make the floral sheet suit (the one I wore to the gay wedding last
month) I made the shoulders more natural and I liked it more.
But I wanted
to wear a jacket yesterday and the blue one worked best with what I was
wearing. When I tried it on I was like, what was I so
worked up about? I think the jacket looks fine, especially with my
white linen pants and red polka-dot shirt.
Here's Michael. I made his shirt but the rest is RTW.
In other news, I was back to the flea market this morning, this time with my friend Johanna, who came over for brunch.
I found another $1 silk scarf. This one is twill and Liberty of London!
I also picked up an entire bagful of mother-of-pearl shirt buttons. Very excited about these and I may go back for more next week (the vendor had a ton).
And socks -- new old stock. That's something I can't (well, won't) make for myself.
I sewed a bit this afternoon. My double-breasted jacket muslin is coming along well. I managed to tackle the "turn of the cloth" today, though I still have considerable pressing to do.
And that's it. Happy Mother's Day to you mothers out there. My mother actually hates Mothers Day, do you believe it? She refuses to do anything mother-related, so I was off the hook. Strange,..
Have a great day, everybody!
Name that mother! (actress and character)
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!