I always enjoy expanding my sewing horizons by taking on new challenges.
My latest shirt, a client project, is bright white and, hence, must be kept pristine, and it's a heavy cotton twill shirting with a very visible diagonal weave, which presented some fun design opportunities.
When I'm starting a white or very light-color project, my first step is always to clean my sewing space and the surface of my machines. I learned this week that I should not clean my Elna Grasshopper (the machine I use almost exclusively these days to make shirts) with isopropyl alcohol -- eek!
Fortunately I noticed my error before I did too much damage. Mild soap and water from now on.
The shirt itself has come together smoothly. To add some visual interest, I split the back yoke so that the diagonals meet at the center yoke seam. I've never done that before.
I usually don't wear so formal a fabric but I think I'd like a white cotton twill shirt myself!
Meanwhile, my 1920's Size 8 mackinaw coat pattern arrived during the week and I've whipped up a muslin just for fun. While the envelope is rather crumbly, the pattern itself is in amazingly good shape: you'd never guess it is almost ninety years old.
The muslin isn't entirely done but I think you get the idea. Now to find an eight-year-old!
Oh -- and one more vintage pattern arrived in the mail today.
I had intended to use the pajama top pattern to make a jacket, but a pair of lovely pajamas wouldn't be bad either, with piping, perhaps? (Piping would be another new challenge: never done it.)
There's much more sewing ahead -- and a whole lot of neoprene to conquer -- perhaps even before Thanksgiving.
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!