I made another version of McCall’s 6383 for my husband. This is a groovy pattern from the 70′s I’ve made once before. I used a dark chambray for the the body and a colorful plaid for the under-collar, collar stand, and the inside of the pocket flap. The only pattern changes I made were to [...]
This is my most recent project. Straight out of 1975 a safari style leisure suit. The pattern is Simplicity 6887, and it’s easily found on Etsy and Ebay. Was it really popular, or was it a dud. Who knows? My goal was to bring it into the present. I know some people may [...]
I just finished sewing up this fun western shirt for my honey (the handsome model in the photo below) from Simplicity pattern 3054 from 1949. I used dark brown & tan lightweight wool and a plethora of cream colored piping for this project. I also added pearl snaps instead of the buttons which were suggested [...]
Whenever I’ve gotten hold of a men’s pattern, I’ve just put it in a pile and ignored it (much like I treat other people’s children). Generally there is not much of a market for men’s vintage patterns and any plans of sewing for my husband have melted into the ether when he has failed to [...]
Thanks to Katherine for inviting me to post here. I’m truly flattered, not to mention amazed that anyone pays attention to what happens on my silly little blog. I’m one of those guys who sews. The challenge and the sense of accomplishment that I get propels me from project to project. Plus I get [...]
Hey everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself and share this suit recraft-project. I’ve only recently gotten into sewing/alterations and decided to dive in head first. This was my first real sewing project, but I think it came out great. I inherited the suit from my great-uncle and decided that it would make an awesome [...]
Ahoy indeed. I guess making an 18th century frock coat qualifies as an Uber We Sew Retro project. As this coat is not for Halloween but for a real swashbuckling spectacle, I had to to a great deal of scheming to make it solid which I have talked about at length on my blog if [...]
If you are like me, then you cannot ever throw a piece of textile away until you are totally, utterly, absolutely sure you will never, ever, cross-your-heart-and-hope-to-die find a use for it at some unknown future time and date. I love re-using bits and bobs of discarded textiles to make cushions, patchworks, toys, bags or gifts. So when [...]
This Sunday for the last catalog Sunday of Man Month are separates.
I just finished remaking a cool WWI wool hat in a bright cool linen for a friend of mine. It was quite an interesting exercise. You can read more about it here, and here. Thanks!