Tune of the Week: Percy Faith, Theme From A Summer Place

Tune of the Week: Theme From A Summer Place

Calendar Summer doesn’t begin for a couple of weeks yet, but in the United States most people peg the start of summer to Memorial Day. The days have certainly been warm and are nearly as long as they get, so it seemed like a good time to get the Grip and Word Tune of the… [Read More]

Photo of Vogue 8719 front, back and sides assembled

Vogue 8719 Part V – Pockets & Body Assembly

Previously: Vogue Patterns 8719 Mens’ Blazer, Part I Vogue 8719 Jacket – Part II: Fixing the Sleeve Cap Ease Vogue 8719 Part III – Regatta Blazer! Vogue 8719, Part IV – Making Bias Tape One last note about binding:  My instinct was right; the pattern calls for using 1/4″, double-fold bias tape to bind the… [Read More]

Photo of Sun and Moon Cufflinks

Now Available: Cufflinks

Where did May disappear to? I teased these cuff links a while ago and now I’m pleased to say they’re available for purchase: [product_category category=”cufflinks”] More designs are on the way!

Photo of Cutting the bias tape - technique 1

Vogue 8719, Part IV – Making Bias Tape

Previously: Vogue Patterns 8719 Mens’ Blazer, Part I Vogue 8719 Jacket – Part II: Fixing the Sleeve Cap Ease Vogue 8719 Part III – Regatta Blazer! Sewing relatively complex garments reminds me in some ways of the problem I had with model kits as a kid:  Namely, all of the preparatory steps you have to… [Read More]

What if I Told You Sleeve Ease

Vogue 8719 Jacket – Part II: Fixing the Sleeve Cap Ease

As mentioned at the end of Part I, my next step was to remove the sleeve cap ease from the pattern. There are several how-to tutorials out there and they all boil down to: Measure the circumference of the shoulder end of the sleeve Measure the circumference of the armscye Subtract #2 from #1 to… [Read More]

Photo of finished modified Simplicity 2333 jacket

Custom Steampunk Kilt Jacket

Projects have a way of percolating in my queue for a while before I get traction on them; it wasn’t long after making my first kilt several years ago that I started thinking about making a kilt jacket; Because traditional kilts have a much higher rise than modern trousers, jackets designed specifically for wearing with… [Read More]

Photo of Vogue 8719 Pattern Envelope

Vogue Patterns 8719 Mens’ Blazer, Part I

After a long few months spent building this web site and prepping for a recent string of spring shows, I’m stepping back to spend some time on another personal project. It’s not actually pure indulgence; attempting new garments is the only way to learn skills that will eventually be relevant to things I might make… [Read More]

Tunes of the Week: Splendid / All in Together by Professor Elemental

Splendid / All in Together

It has not escaped my attention that I missed my usual Tune of the Week posting these last couple of weeks, so by way of catching up and tipping my hat to this spring’s back-to-back Steampunk shows, here are two tunes by the inimitable Professor Elemental.  It’s a bit of a departure from the recent… [Read More]

Photo of All-Seeing Eye Cufflinks

From Freemasonry to Steampunk

I usually think of autumn as busy season, but this spring has given it a run for its money with a string of three shows in a row and a whole lot of build-up with the new web site, new fabric designs and new products (more on those below.) Last weekend I spent the entire… [Read More]