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Nov 10, 2016

In other news, I'm an uncle!


TWICE!



These tiny bundles of joy, born yesterday, are my brother and SIL's children: Sahm (the boy, left) and Uma (the girl, right).  I'm thrilled and promise to provide more updates in the near future. 

In other news, all of my recent sewing work has been for my two FIT classes.  Here's the latest project from my draping class, a wool crepe cowl neck top (the cowl's in back -- you can see it here.) trimmed with what my professor calls French binding -- essentially hand-finished 1 1/4"  bias made from my fashion fabric.  I'd never heard the term French binding before, have you?


 The jacket I'm making in my Ladies Tailoring class is also coming along nicely.



Also this week, I finally reworked the collar and waistband on my camo jacket.  The waistband was too tight and the collar....I don't know, it just wasn't what I wanted.


It now looks like this: camo on top collar, navy wool melton on under collar.



And that's it for now.

I'll be posting more regularly as life resumes its normal rhythm.

Have a great day, everybody!

35 comments:

  1. Congratulations on being a new uncle. They are darling babies.

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  2. Congrats, Peter! ;) As someone who primarily sews for my nieces and nephew, now's the chance to start sewing for them! If you do decide to go there, I recommend Peekaboo Pattern Shop. Excellent fit, wide range and to be honest, better than the big four...

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  3. That is the best jacket! I love it!

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  4. Whaou !! two new babys ! that is a good news ! congratulations on uncle

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  5. Double congratulations, Uncle Peter. I wonder if there are sewing-for-baby projects in your future. There are some gems in the Name That Pattern archives ;)

    Spud.

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    1. Oh and congratulations to Grandma Sonia!

      Spud.

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  6. Beautiful babies. Love the little hand holding the little chin. Somehow very sophisticated!
    Please explain French binding. The drape is deluxe. And the colour of your fabric.
    Vancouver Barbara

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  7. Congratulations! and I love the rework on the jacket as well.

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  8. Congratulations! to you and the whole happy family. I sewed a bit for my twin nieces when they were preschoolers. I was surprised at how quickly and easily the small sections went together.

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  9. Hearty congratulations! They are beautiful and their names are, too. There is nothing like a baby in your arms to feel right with the world.❤️

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  10. Congratulations on your beautiful niece and nephew!!! I'm so jealous of your class work. I wish I lived closer to NYC. That cowl top is GORGEOUS!

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  11. Congratulations! Beautiful news all around.

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  12. Cute kids, homemade Hug-Snug, and a collar correction (best news we've had all week!).

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  13. Congratulations on your uncle-hood! :-) The babies are gorgeous, and breathe new life and much needed love into this difficult week.

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  14. Where I grew up, we'd say that you are now an uncle (baby was a boy) AND an aunt (baby was a girl). Outsiders call us ignorant, but those who know the same things we know would understand immediately.

    Yes, have heard of French binding. Not a common term, but in a time when anything French was considered the height of class and fashion, that technique was called French binding. More common to quilters than to garment sewists these days.

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  15. Double joy but double trouble for a special uncle! Love your super cool jacket! The progress on the wool ladies' jacket is beautiful and nothing more intricate or fascinating as pad stitching!

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  16. Congratulations Uncle Peter! Now you have some little people to sew for!

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  17. Oh, those beautiful babies!! I hope you get to see them often. There is nothing quite like having a baby in one's life. Your mom must be over the moon. Congratulations.

    The collar change improves the jacket.

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  18. Thems brand new people! Cool! They will be very boring for a few years. And then they will need their Uncle Peter and Uncle Michael a whole lot. You are just the men for the job!
    And if you thought ready to wear sizing was crazy, child sizes are a whole new world of "Wha?"

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  19. Beautiful babies!!! Lucky babies! My kids ADORE their uncles and aunts. It's a special bond (i.e., their uncles spoil them rotten and make them very happy kids). Nice to see this lovely happy news in my feed during such a tough week. Congrats!

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  20. Welcome to Gunclehood! My nieces are adults by now and a delight. I wish you the same joys!

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    1. I might try to bring my niece to MPB day next summer!

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  21. Congratulations on the new additions to your family! I'm seeing visions of cute classic wool coats in the future. Also, I love the rework on the collar.

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  22. Great to see the babies - very healthy size too:)
    Your work is an inspiration to see - thank you.


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  23. Congratulations! Does that mean we will see some wonderful tiny outfits soon? I hope so. I always thought French binding was the term when you made the binding from the same fabric as the garment and it was visible.....as opposed to hiding it like a facing. I'm sure someone taught me that at some point....but I could be mistaken.

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    1. It is my understanding that French binding is a technique, that you can use any sort of binding at all. Apply double-fold binding to the right side of the garment, fold it over the seamline, stitch to the reverse side of the garment -- either by machine, or by hand.

      It's neat and tidy on both sides because all the raw edges are enclosed. Matters not if the binding matches or contrasts.

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  24. Many congratulation, lovely to have good news - and an excuse for baby sewing!

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  25. Awww. How lucky they are to have an uncle like you!

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  26. Wow! Boy, Girl twins! Congratulations uncle!! Very nice jacket too...I've never heard of french binding either. I learned something new today!

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  27. I can't wait to see the childrenswear that you make for them. Claudine

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  28. Ann Person of Stretch & Sew had a French binding technique she called the Chanel finish, made of a cross cut knit strip applied like yours. I think you could carefully stretch it and stitch it in the ditch rather than hand sew it down. Took her knit course in 1977 when there were Stretch & Sew stores EVERYWHERE.

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