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.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!