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Mar 28, 2015

My Fish Print Shirt Adventure!

Readers, I am actually making a shirt for neither me nor Michael but rather for a mystery client!

I am using the fabulous Hawaii Print cotton fabric sent to me last summer by MPB reader Michael C.  My client is an avid fisherman and lover of the outdoors (as well as a "summer") and I thought this fabric would suit him to a T.  I hope so, anyway!

He wears a size Medium shirt and the pattern I am using is vintage Butterick 6751 from my stash.  Very nicely drafted.

To pick up the purple and add some additional pizazz, I have chosen to make the inside cuffs, collar stand, and yoke out of purple gingham.

I'm nearly finished and, frankly, I love this shirt.  If it doesn't fit, well, my Michael would be delighted to have it.  But I am crossing my fingers that it does fit.  Some detail shots below.

Sleeve placket.

Matching thread (purchased last week at Sil Thread).

Michael modeling the shirt, in progress, without collar or cuffs.

Collar ends.

Completed collar.

Completed cuff.

Back of shirt (yoke cut on cross grain; back has center pleat).

Front of shirt (without buttons), still to be hemmed.

I have thoroughly enjoyed making this shirt and I hope to get some photos to show you of my client wearing it -- if it fits, of course.

I've started thinking seriously about making shirts for paying clients and how I might price a garment that takes me, conservatively, 10 hours to make.  Any ideas/formulas?

If you sew for money, how do you charge for your work?

Hope your sewing projects are coming along swimmingly (no pun intended). 

Have a great day, everybody!

Mar 25, 2015

Peter Models the Zip-Front Hoodie and Tan Dress Pants!

The hoodie is officially in the house!  To see me modeling it, just click here.

Mar 22, 2015

What is "Comfort Sewing"?

Readers, do you ever engage in the sewing equivalent of meatloaf with gravy and mashed potatoes -- henceforth to be referred to as comfort sewing?

Mar 20, 2015

MPB Exclusive: Friday Fabric DYE-O-RAMA!

The first day of spring and it's snowing -- what better time to experiment once more with my Jacquard Procion dyes?

Mar 17, 2015

Knickers for Men -- YEA or NAY?

Friends, I was taught to call the pants up top knickers.

I know that in many anglophone countries, knickers refer to women's underwear.  A big YEA for women's underwear.

Mar 13, 2015

Dye Another Day or "Ain't Nothing Like the Teal Thing, Baby"

I hit the Procion dye bottle again yesterday, readers.

Mar 11, 2015

My UNDYEING Love for Rit Color Remover!

A number of you recommended I try Rit Color Remover after yesterday's fiasco, and try dyeing my shirts again.

Mar 10, 2015

Today I Dyed -- and Lived to Tell About It

Readers, remember that post I wrote a few months back about some shirts I'd made in colors that weren't flattering and which I was considering dying?

Mar 7, 2015


Friends, can it really be time to turn out clocks ahead again?  Spring is on its way!

What better time than now to play another round of the sewing blogosphere's favorite pattern-naming game, Name That Pattern!

Mar 4, 2015

Book Review: Sewing for Fashion Designers

Laurence King Publishing recently sent a copy of Sewing for Fashion Designers by Anette Fischer, for me to review.

Feb 27, 2015

I'm Going on a Safari....

Behold my latest pattern purchase, Folkwear 130, up top.

Feb 23, 2015

Jeans Genie? Peter Models Two Pairs of Jeans!

Today's the day!

To see me model my white jeans and indigo jeans, just click here.

Feb 21, 2015

Chicken Soup and Dress Pants

I can't remember if I mentioned that my Mom, who has made a remarkable recovery from emergency hip surgery last November, has been staying with us.

Feb 18, 2015

Dress Pants Muslin -- Simplicity 4971

My third and final pair of pants for February is Simplicity 4971, a men's shirt jacket and slim pants pattern which dates from approximately 1963.

Feb 15, 2015

A Riveting Sunday! (Jean rivets, that is)

OMG, guys, I did it -- today I successfully inserted jeans rivets!
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