Welcome to Male Pattern Boldness!
- My name is Peter Lappin and I'm a native New Yorker, raised in the Bronx and currently living in the Chelsea section of Manhattan (a stone's throw from the Garment District) with my partner, Michael, and our two chihuahuas, Freddy and Willy.
In Spring, 2009, I picked up a pair of used designer jeans at my local Goodwill. They fit in the waist but the inseam was too long and needed to be shortened. Unfortunately, to have these jeans hemmed professionally (at a local dry cleaners that does alterations) would have cost more than I'd paid for the jeans themselves.
It occurred to me -- I'm not exactly sure how or why -- that I could pick up an inexpensive sewing machine (back then I had never even touched a sewing machine, let alone known how one works) on Amazon, and perform my own basic alterations. The machine should pay for itself in no time.
I did extensive online research and stumbled onto some sewing blogs that recommended vintage sewing machines -- 1960's and 70's era Kenmores in particular -- because they were sturdier than modern machines and could tackle just about any sewing job. I found one on eBay, clicked "Buy it Now," and less than a week later I was teaching myself how to sew. Almost immediately I realized I could do a lot more with a sewing machine than shorten my pants!
I quickly discovered the online community at Pattern Review (PR). PR members were tremendously helpful and supportive, recommending sewing books, loaning me instructional videos, and explaining basic sewing techniques like installing a zipper, making a buttonhole, and attaching interfacing.
Over the last six years I've applied myself to sewing with the dedication of a monk. I have sewn just about every sort of men's and women's garment -- everything from 1920's women's pajamas to classic men's tailored peacoats, from cocktail dresses to jumpsuits. (Be sure to check out the "Projects" tab to see what I've made.) To say I love to create clothes is an understatement. In sewing I have found my life's true passion.
The mission of this blog is to share my passion with sewers from all over the world, at every level of experience.
Welcome to Male Pattern Boldness -- look around, put your feet up, and make yourself at home!
M7547 Sew-Along: Darts and Pockets (steps 1-13)
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