It’s been a while since my last blog post!
My professional life has turned into a serious drama, and it basically has cut into my free time for sewing. So, until my work situation clears up a bit, updates to this blog might be a little less regular than they normally are.
But, here’s a recap on things going on here at the Line of Selvage studio:
New Gadgets and Goodies
My new coverstitch machine has arrived from Ken’s Sewing Center. This is a replacement Brother 2340CV for the one that arrived damaged from Amazon. I didn’t want to risk getting another damaged/defective item from Amazon, and I’m no longer trustful of the way they ship large-ish machinery.
The good news is that the new machine seems to work fine; the bad news is I haven’t had much time to play with it other than do some test stitching. More on this as it develops.
Also, after watching the new Craftsy class “Sew Better, Sew Faster” (see below) I’ve gone ahead and purchased the extension table accessory for my Brother PC-210 conventional machine. I’m looking forward to using it on my next project.
PR Men’s Sewing Challenge
I’m going to try to enter the PatternReview Men’s Sewing Challenge, from August 1-15. Two weeks isn’t a lot for me at the speed I complete projects, but I’m going to give it a try.
A week or so ago, I went shopping at the Fabric Outlet 40% Off sale and got a cut of denim-color chambray with a floral print that I thought would make a nice button-down shirt for the boyfriend. He likes the idea too.
So I’m currently thinking pattern choice, fitting (I’ve never fit him for a shirt before), and whatever designer touches I want to try to bring to the project.
I’ve recently finished viewing the Craftsy class, “Sew Better, Sew Faster” by Janet Pray. This is a great class which I feel was well worth the money. I’ve written a detailed review over on PatternReview which I may repost here, but for now, hit the link and check it out.
I’m also watching through another Craftsy class, featuring a Very Big Name in Sewing, which I’m less fond of. I’ll have more to say when I’ve actually finished it. I’ve been watching the class on my new iPad Mini. The Craftsy app for iPad is a nicer experience than using the web browser on my Android tablet, but I miss having the 30-second rewind feature.
A New Vogue Pattern
It’s so funny that when there’s a new pattern for men — any pattern at all — that it’s a cause for celebration.
I got an email from Vogue announcing their new fall collection, and I clicked into it figuring there wouldn’t be anything of interest to me.
But it looks like Vogue has a new men’s pattern. Vogue 8940 includes a men’s jacket in two lengths. The shorter version (view A) looks like a peacoat, the longer version (view B) looks like a car coat or overcoat.
There’s also a nice pair of slim-fit, below-waist pants that are very fashion-forward. The pants use a yoke for shaping in the back, and have flap pockets.
What’s more, the pattern looks like it’s on sale for $3.99 for a limited time. I’ve harbored a secret desire to make a peacoat for quite some time, and I’d love to make the pants as well. So I’m definitely in on this one.
If you’re reading this, please buy a copy of this pattern to help encourage the pattern companies to produce more menswear patterns.
Sorry to dash off so quickly. But you’ll be hearing more about all of these topics in the days and weeks ahead. Chow for now!