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Aug 11, 2021

Summer 2021 updates!

Readers, some updates -- it's been a while!

Mar 4, 2021

Modeling the Completed N3-B Military Parka!

Men's N3-B parka made from Japanese pattern by Ryuichiro Shimazaki book

Readers, the parka is finished and I feel very glamorous in it.

Feb 25, 2021

N3-B Parka Project: Changes and Challenges!

While I stayed pretty close to the original pattern when sewing my N3-B parka from my Japanese pattern book, I did make a few changes.

Feb 16, 2021

The Big Parka Project!

Readers, I purchased Ryuichiro Shimazaki's book of men's military coat patterns (above) back in 2014 and, while I would page through it from time to time, I never actually sewed with it -- until this year!

Jan 24, 2021

All My Pants or "Life at Max-Slacks"

Friends, I so enjoyed inventorying my outerwear a few weeks ago that I've decided to continue the process.

Jan 13, 2021

All My Outerwear or "Do I Really Need to Sew Myself Another Coat?"

Friends, I found this wonderful double-faced Pendleton (or Pendleton-style) wool coating at It's A Material World (one of my favorite stores in the Garment District) last week, and I immediately thought I'd use it to make myself another peacoat using this vintage 1930's pattern I muslined a couple of years ago.

Jan 4, 2021

Good-bye, 2020!

Friends, another year has ended and it's time formally to bid it farewell.

Dec 1, 2020

Modeling My Finished Flight Suit - McCall's 2054!

Friends, the flight suit is finished and here I am wearing it!

Nov 16, 2020

McCall's 2054 Flight Suit Pattern: Challenges and Caveats!

Readers, my flight suit project has been extremely enjoyable but it has not been without its challenges.

Nov 7, 2020

Dare I Attempt Another Jumpsuit?


As my long-time readers may already know,  I've had very mixed results with one-piece garments.

Nov 2, 2020

Michael Models His Faux Fur Birthday Coat!

Michael's coat is finished -- a few days after his birthday I'm afraid -- and here are some photos of him wearing it!

Oct 30, 2020

PART 2 -- Finishing the Faux Fur Coat


Friends, if there was anything I obsessed over in making Michael's faux fur coat, it was the front pockets.

Oct 22, 2020

A Faux Fur Coat for Michael -- PART 1

I promised to make Michael a faux fur coat three years ago; it didn't happen but I'm determined to have one ready for his birthday this year.  

Oct 17, 2020

Modeling the Completed Safari Jacket!

Friends, the jacket is done and here I am wearing it!

Oct 11, 2020

Working on My First Safari Jacket

Readers, more than five years ago I purchased this Australian Bush Outfit pattern, Folkwear 130, with the intention of making a safari jacket.
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