Sometimes you need the distance of a few days to realize that a completed garment could benefit from a tweak.
After looking at the photos of me in my wool plaid shacket and wearing it around town last week, I realized it needed work. Worn as an overshirt, it reached down a little longer than I liked, and worn inside my pants there was a bit too much fabric to tuck in comfortably. So I did what any of you would have done: I shortened it.
I think this is an improvement and more flattering on a short guy like me.
In other news, MPB reader Michael C. has once again gifted me vintage patterns from his seemingly bottomless stash.
Burda 8143 (below) is such an 80's classic but I'm not sure it has aged well. What do you think: gem or atrocity?
It reminds me of this outfit modeled decades ago in Vogue by Janice Dickinson. I believe Princess Stephanie of Monaco also wore something similar in a music video.
Michael also sent me this Butterick Retro pattern. I love me a good peplum.
I also have some new fabric: organic white denim. Being the somewhat slobby person I am, I tend to avoid white anything, but I'm hoping with the aid of a little bleach I can keep whatever I make (jeans?) looking bright, or at least whitish.
And that's it! I hope those of you immersed in holiday sewing are enjoying high productivity.
Have a great day, everybody!
(There was only one Princess Stephanie -- thank God.)
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!