For my first-ever sewing label, I opted to go for the handcrafted hipster look.
I ordered a 1/2" x 2" rubber stamp on Etsy and picked up some sturdy 3/4" cotton twill tape today from Daytona Trim. Also a black stamp pad (on eBay).
It's not fancy but I like it, and thank you, MPB reader JudyD for giving me the idea. The sample above is an early test; they'll get better as I get more experienced with the stamp and the ink (VersaCraft brand). A hot iron will make the ink permanent -- I'll be sure to test that out of course!
I also now have a basic business card. Even though both the card and the label are in the futura font, they don't quite feel related but that's OK: I just need something to carry in my wallet for now.
Meanwhile, I ran all around the Garment District today in search of 2 1/2" (a very standard size) plastic collar stays and couldn't find them anywhere; even Steinlauf & Stoller were out of stock. I will have to order them from an eBay seller.
I also don't know the best place to buy bulk mother of pearl shirt buttons. A few Etsy sellers offer them in bags of 100, so that's an option. If you know of a good source, please share.
My latest shirt, a blue gingham with contrast inside collar stand and cuff, came out beautifully.
I'm especially proud of the collar stay pockets -- my first.
In other news, I did a little fabric shopping while I was uptown -- more window shopping than anything. I thought this neoprene-type comic book print with laser-cut holes and mesh underside was kind of cool -- Spandex House.
For the first time ever I explored Fabrics & Fabrics (270 West 38th St.), after hearing raves about it on various blogs. I was blown away by the selection. Formerly Lace Star, they have some incredibly luxurious fabrics for sale there. Not inexpensive but definitely worth a visit.
I rarely visit Elliott Berman without buying two yards of something, if only because I adore the people who run the place, Matthew and Eugenia. I picked up the cotton batiste floral print (from Hugo Boss) below. I know it looks a bit like a nosebleed at first, but if you look closely, you can see blossoms and branches.
I think it will make a stunning shirt for me or someone else.
And that's it: funny how buying fabric always gives me a feeling of accomplishment even when my other goals are frustrated.
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!