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Jul 31, 2015

Recent Project Tweaks + MPB Day Reminder



It is not unusual for me to go back and tweak a project even after I (thought I had) finished it.

With a few days' (or weeks') distance, I sometimes see things differently that I had originally.  (Does this every happen to you?)

Case in point: my recently completed striped organic cotton rugby shirt.  When I looked at the photo of myself up top -- which you've already seen if you follow me on Instagram --  I realized that the white cuffs looked a tad too long (and gave me monkey arms).  So this morning, I removed the old cuffs and made new ones that are roughly one inch shorter and have just one button instead of two.



I was also able to correct the stripe-matching issue that eagle-eyed MPB reader Lauriana pointed out earlier in the week (and no, there's no visible difference in sleeve length).  The result is a cuff I'm totally happy with.  When I make this shirt again I may skip the placket and attach a knit cuff -- much easier.



Below you can see the old cuff (on the right) next to the new cuff.



Meanwhile, my blue linen coveralls needed a tweak too.  I wanted to keep the rolled-pant-cuff look from my photo shoot without having to resort to pinning them in place.  I knew I didn't want permanent cuffs in case I want to wear them longer.  So what I did was to add a small buttonhole on each leg seam, and to place a button on the inside near the hem that, when the pants are rolled up twice, fits neatly into the buttonhole.







The cuff still looks loose and casual but I don't have to worry about it rolling down.



Finally, a reminder that we're just one week away from MPB Day (Saturday, August 8).  I'm very excited as many past attendees are returning and lots of new people are coming too.  If you haven't already RSVP'd and wish to attend, please shoot me an email at peterlappinnyc at gmail dot com.  It's always nice to know who's coming, who's missing, etc.

It also looks like we will be able to shop at Metro Textiles as I have arranged with Kashi to have him open on Saturday afternoon.

And that's it!

Are you a secret project-tweaker?

Have a great day, everybody!

Jul 29, 2015

Things I Don't Get, Vol. 15 -- Lycra in Woven Fabrics



Readers, have you noticed how many woven fabrics today have Lycra in them?

Jul 27, 2015

An Organic Cotton Striped Rugby Shirt!



Readers, I just made my very first rugby shirt!

Jul 25, 2015

Back to the 1950's!



Readers, as you know, I adore vintage magazines, especially women's fashion and home magazines of the 1950's.

Jul 23, 2015

Come See My Completed Coveralls!



Friends, my coveralls are finished.   Click here to see me model them.

Jul 21, 2015

I'm Making Coveralls (or is it a jumpsuit?)



Last year I purchased Kwik Sew 3389 with the intention of making a pair of coveralls, and I've finally decided the time is right.

Jul 18, 2015

Susan Tries on the Blouse Muslin



Friends, no doubt you're wondering why I'm leading with a photo of designer Carolyn Herrera in her signature white shirt.

Jul 16, 2015

Modeling My New Boxers!



Readers, the theme of this week (so far -- it's only Thursday) seems to be boxer shorts!

Jul 14, 2015

Jul 11, 2015

My Latest Vintage Sewing Machine + Paisley-palooza!



Readers, behold my latest vintage sewing machine, an Elna Supermatic I purchased on eBay!

Jul 8, 2015

Susan's New Wrap Skirt Muslin + Back to the Bodice!



Susan came over for a fitting this evening; the dogs were so excited!

Jul 4, 2015

Zack Tries on His Shirt Muslin!



Meet handsome Zack!

He's the man I made that size 44" shirt muslin for last weekend.  Today he came by for a fitting.  (Yes, I work holidays.)

Jul 3, 2015

Another Fitting with Susan: Wrap Skirt + Altered Bodice!



Susan had a fitting yesterday at that little French café that doesn't seem to mind us using their bathroom or seating area.  (We do usually eat there too of course!)

Jul 1, 2015

More Sewing Books? More Sewing Books!



Happy July, everybody!  Am I the only one who can't believe it's already July?

Jun 28, 2015

Back to Sewing with Vintage Sheets



When I first started sewing men's shirts, I made them out of vintage cotton/poly percale sheets I found at the thrift store.
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