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Jul 19, 2018

Ladies African Wax Print Tailored Jacket!

This week I finished a client project I'd been working on for the last couple of months: a lined, notch-collar tailored jacket made from an African wax print from AKN Fabrics and Textiles, a store just south of the Garment District that specializes in them.

AKN has an enormous selection of prints and excellent prices (fabric is generally sold in six-yard pre-cuts).  The fabric I used for the jacket is from Mitex Holland, a manufacturer of high-quality wax prints.

My client, Trinica and I visited AKN together and she chose the fabric herself.  It was an excellent choice!

When I met with Trinicia for our first session, I took her measurements according to Kenneth King's moulage method of drafting a sloper.  After drafting and fitting, I used the sloper to create the notch-collar jacket pattern.  It took a series of fittings to get things just right.

Once I cut into the fashion fabric, the jacket came together quickly.  The jacket is fully lined with a black poly-rayon twill from Metro Textiles.  The front panels are flat-lined with a sturdy cotton-poly blend from Chic Fabrics (I also used this fabric to create a back stay).  I used a lightweight fusible for the facings, the under collar, and to reinforce the cuff edges.  The jacket is hemmed with a 2" wide bias facing.

I found the perfect buttons for the jacket at C&C Buttons on 38th Street.  It was love at first sight.

I had my buttonholes made at Jonathan Embroidery.  Two lovely keyhole buttonholes reinforced with buttonhole gimp cost just $3.  For a bit more they'll even sew the buttons on for you, though I opted to do this myself.

Trinicia picked up the finished jacket yesterday and we were both delighted with the result.  The fabric looks wonderful on her and the fit of the jacket really flatters her curvaceous figure.

While I love making custom clothing, naturally some projects are more fun to work on than others. This was a truly a fun one!

Have a great day, everybody!

Jul 11, 2018

Michael Models His Octopus-print Shirt

Friends, Michael's octopus-print shirt is finished!

Jul 7, 2018

How Do You Like My Octopus (Fabric)?

Did I mention that, in addition to my mermaid-print fabric, I also purchased an octopus-print fabric to make a shirt for Michael?

Jul 4, 2018

A Mermaid-Print Summer Shirt!

Last week Michael and I were on vacation in Sanibel Island, Florida, and naturally I insisted on visiting the only fabric store on the island, Three Crafty Ladies.

May 14, 2018


Friends, its official!

Saturday, August 11, we'll be holding our eighth annual MPB Day celebration!

Apr 13, 2018

So What Else Have I Been Up To?

One (of many) of the frustrating things about social media is that there are simply too many platforms and it's extremely time-consuming to participate in more than a few.

I find Instagram (where I'm @peterlappin) to be much more spontaneous (i.e, faster and easier) than a blog, which is why I'm most active there these days.

Apr 9, 2018

Is There an Embroidery Machine in My Future?

Readers, embroidery machines -- I can't stop thinking (and reading) about them.

Jan 19, 2018

Wedding Photos From All Three Weddings!

I have some lovely wedding pics to share with you today, readers!

Jan 17, 2018

How Do You Feel About Polka Dots?

Friends, I generally avoid polka dots.

Jan 12, 2018

Meet the Misses, PART 2 (including the Cathy outfit YOU NEVER SAW!)

Oh, readers, once I started excavating the sewing atrocities, I realized that there were many, many more fashion fiascos than I had originally thought.

Jan 10, 2018

Meet the Misses!

Friends, when you sew as much as I do -- which is almost daily -- inevitably you're going to make some things that just don't work.

Jan 6, 2018

Things I Don't Get, Vol. 19 -- Cosplay

Friends, as someone whose relationship with comic books starts and ends with Millie the Model, I'm not likely to have any profound insights into the world of cosplay.

Dec 30, 2017

Oct 29, 2017

Christina's Completed Wedding Dress

Christina's wedding was yesterday and, readers, it was lovely.
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