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Sep 26, 2015

And speaking of al.

Readers, today we visited a wonderful street fair/flea market that takes place once a year just a block from my apartment building.

Someone was selling a vintage patchwork suede poncho (above), which must date back to the early Seventies if not earlier.  Weren't we just discussing ponchos and doesn't it remind you of this?

I didn't buy the poncho, of course, as I'm not really sold on ponchos for men.   I did find some lovely vintage fabric, however: a delicate pink floral cotton and a creamy yellow wool challis -- enough of each to make a shirt and just $4 for both.

Oh -- I also found these vintage French tortoise shell frames.  I couldn't resist.

Michael bought a soft wool scarf, along with some knit tees that fit him well.  (More pics on my Instagram account.)

It has been blustery lately and I'm happy to say that I've been wearing my new plaid overcoat every day.

I even patched my favorite worn-out pants with a small plaid remnant.

In other news, this week my mother had her six-month follow-up with the surgeon who repaired her fractured femur last November.  He says she's 90% healed and he doesn't need to see her again for a full year -- very good news.

I'm not sure what I'll be sewing next; some client work awaits me.  The fit on the muslin I made (below), by copying a shirt and creating a pattern from it, was quite good, with only minor tweaks needed.  I was happy my work paid off and it's cool to have a new technique under my belt (from David Coffin's book Shirtmaking).

And that's it -- enjoying a low-key weekend.

Have a great day, everybody!

Talk about your impulse purchases!


  1. oh waw ! Those poncho's ! I love poncho's !

  2. Not a poncho fan - too much fabric to deal with. Glad your Mom is doing well!

  3. You can see my version of a poncho here

  4. I know I'm very late with my comment on ponchos and I must admit that I didn't think much of them until I saw the finale of italian designer Ermanno Scervino's fall/winter collection from last year! What he showed was gorgeous! Take a look and you may give them a second thought. Here is the link:

  5. En masse they read well, but they were, to these untrained eyes, more like "man wraps" and such, not ponchos or tarpaulins.

    A well put together show. Where you wander on the web is worth watching.

    1. Some were wraps and there were pullover poncho styles also.......but all in all it was sooooo elegant yet masculine!! I'm only 5' 7" so I would have to be careful of the proportions if I wore one. I'm sure most of those guys are at least 6 feet tall minimum. I was so inspired that I was planning on making myself one this season.

    2. Proportions - ugh! I'm a smidge taller than you, and I know what you mean. The 6 foot plus crowd has few issues with what they can carry off. I'd fear being a manly mushroom in one of those (and where's the swagger in THAT?).

      Peter's plaid coat has that commuter cache, practical but stylish, garnering casual second glances when he enters a coffee shop or takes his mark on a subway platform. Much of that is from fit and, of course, proportion. It does anything but swallow him up, and he is wearing it at all times (and not the other way around).

      Awaiting your next blog post with a more kindly brand of patience.

  6. That poncho is fabulous and I love your fabric finds.

  7. I'm so happy you didn't go for the poncho. Your new coat is much classier! Glad your mom's doing well.

  8. Ditto to jetsetsewing. Who needs a poncho when you have that great plaid coat?

    I'm so glad about your mom's good news!

  9. Waaay back in the day, about the 60s when spacewear was also in fashion, there was a fabric similar to scuba. It was a thick synthetic (of course) knit that was bonded to a knit lining. You could make an A-line skirt out of it or one of those 60s bubble shaped collarless coats without having to underline or interface the fabric. It had a life all of it's own.
    I wonder if this is stage two of space age clothing


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