I've been sewing up a storm, readers.
Up top is a sneak preview of my latest shirt, made from a beautiful Swiss dot print, which Michael will model on the Mood Sewing Network on Thursday (I'll provide a link). I'm working on a pair of shorts to go with it, made from red and white striped linen (below). I hope to finish them tomorrow morning before class.
My patternmaking class at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) ends next Tuesday, though it seems like it just started. That's also the day our final project is due. We're to make a jacket and coordinating pants, both garments made from muslin and black cotton fabric. The jacket needs to have a notched collar (which we're learning how to draft tomorrow) and either a dolman sleeve or a "creative" gusset design. I'm opting for the dolman. Below is the sketch I came up with this morning. It may change in the next few days; we'll see.
We learned how to draft a dolman sleeve yesterday; today we covered gussets. This class moves fast!
I presented my raglan-sleeve jacket project in class yesterday and got very positive feedback from my professor. I'm not the best designer in the class imo, but I'm probably the strongest sewer. Most of these kids aren't experienced sewers so they aren't able to produce what they design very effectively. Facings, clean finishes, things like that, are challenging if you've never sewn them before, but we're required to include them.
In closing, I have lots to accomplish in the next week but I'm very excited about it. I'm also looking forward to a break before my fall classes begin. (More about those later.)
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!