Behold my latest shirt, made for a male client. I love this plaid fabric, which my client actually purchased himself and brought to me, unusual in my business thus far.
Occasionally I am asked what it is like to sew for paying customers. It is a joy, most of the time. Knowing that I am being compensated for my work gives me a great sense of pride but also responsibility. The shirt will have a life of its own, one that I can't control. I'm always trying to improve my techniques and I like to think every shirt I make is better than the previous one. Luckily I enjoy the process and my own personal sewing improves as a side benefit.
Would you believe I make nearly all my shirts on a vintage Elna Grasshopper from the early 1950's? It's true. (I generally do my buttonholes on an equally old Singer 15-91.)
More photos of the plaid shirt, which, aside from sleeve plackets and outside yoke cut on the bias, is without any additional decoration like contrast cuffs or collar. The fabric makes a strong enough statement by itself. Truly elegant, especially on my ginger-complected client.
In other news, my friend Johanna joined me for a trip to the Chelsea flea market this morning and we saw a lot of fabric and sewing-related stuff. It seems one of the vendors bought out the contents of a Garment Center sample maker. Having just completed a patternmaking class, this made me rather sad.
|Johanna really rocked this orange and fuscia color combo today: the scarf was a gift from me!|
|Organza (probably poly but hard to tell). Don't know whose hand that is.|
|Beautiful charcoal linen print.|
|Naomoto gravity-feed iron.|
Johanna and I decided to split a bolt of Marimekko cotton fabric designed by Fujiwo Ishimoto called "Lainehtiva." It's a panel print and we bought roughly 10 panels (more than 10 yards). This photo hardly does it justice, but you'll be seeing more of it in the future.
Another vendor was selling a old Singer treadle. Very, very rusty, unfortunately.
One of the most amazing things we saw -- and I was able to photograph it just moments before it was sold -- was a vintage Marlene Dietrich mannequin, in classic "Laziest Gal in Town" pose. She was roughly 36" tall and astoundingly true to life, if in rather fragile condition. I wonder what the buyer plans to do with it. Those eyes!
In closing, we have a big holiday week ahead, with lots and lots of sewing on my plate.
No rest for the weary but I'll keep you updated.
Have a great day, everybody!