18 August 2015

NYC and MPB 2015 (pic heavy)

It was nice to be back in the city after not having visited since 2011. I moved away in 2004 and things have changed.   A LOT.  One word:  gentrification.  O_o  The rent really is too damn high.  Alas, I digress.

I arrived Monday evening, 3 Aug and was greeted by my friend with some good Jamaican vegetarian food.  Mmmmmmmmm.  I miss Brooklyn.

On Tuesday, I met with Kenneth D. King to get help on my trench coat.  This...

...now looks like this:

Kenneth said that the facing was too short - something several people noticed and that I suspected as well.  I don't know how that happened because I measured twice before I cut anything.  Oh well.  He deepened the final hem and trimmed the front a bit to meet the facing.  He made these changes to the pattern as well.

Here's Kenneth working to fix my coat.
During my visit with Kenneth, I got to see both of his hair coats and a jacket he made that doesn't have any vertical seams!  Gaaaah.  Why didn't I take a picture?! 

When I returned home, I took the coat to my dry cleaner to give it a really good press.  Now I'm ready to add the buttonholes and buttons.  And belt.  And sleeve tabs, if I keep them.

Kenneth also showed me a foolproof way of inserting an invisible zipper.  He learned the method from Lynda Maynard.  To keep this post on topic, I'll write a separate post showing the method.  I promise!

Tuesday evening, my friend and I went to see a taping of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.  I've been to talk show tapings before (Montel Williams and Ricki Lake); I'm always amazed at how small the studios actually are.  I guess the camera really does add 10 pounds.  Or something.

I've yet to watch the episode we saw.  I know the jokes already.  Hah!

On Wednesday, I headed out to New Jersey to meet with my friend Kyle of Vacuuming the Lawn.  I had never been to Princeton and love the quaint peacefulness of the town.  We walked around the campus and I got to see some of its lovely architecture.  

After lunch, we went to Kyle's home to check out her sewing digs.  I got to see and hold Kyle's Amy Butler Mum Pillow.  I remember following along as she made the pillow and marveling at the finished project.  It was like meeting a celebrity!  

I also got to see Kyle's fantastic spectacular (fantacular?) Butterick backpack.  Everything about this backpack is perfection:  design, fabric, and construction.  If she wants to retire soon (like tomorrow), she can make a living off of selling these!

Thursday and Friday were spent roaming the garment district.  I wanted to do a little pre-shopping before meeting with everyone for Male Pattern Boldness day.  And shop I did.

I stocked up on knits from Spandex World and lingerie elastic from Pacific Trimming.  I also bought a very nice wool coating from Kashi at Metro Textiles along with several other pieces of fabric from different stores.

textured knit
Anne, Kyle, and I all bought cuts of this fabric.
quilted fabric and hardware for Simplicity 2153 anorak

heavy-weight Ponte in black, coral, navy, and cream
rayon lycra
cotton lycra for t-shirts and underwear

Spandex World has superb natural fiber knits.  I've been a loyal customer for a few years and recommend their products.  They're not cheap and rarely run sales, but the quality is worth it.  NAYY, just a happy customer.

Saturday was the big day for two reasons:  (1) it was the fifth anniversary of Male Pattern Boldness day, and (2) it was the fortieth anniversary of my hatching!

During dinner that evening, I was surprised with a birthday card signed by Kyle, Anne, and Tomasa.  And this awesomeness:

I've been wanting one of these zippered pouches since FOREVER!   Kyle made it just for me!!!  I was - and still am - very moved by her gift!  Inside the pouch were these:

Bwahaha.  Love!  My cuts and scrapes will be in high-style from now on! =)  Thanks Kyle!

Earlier in the day, we met up with the rest of the MPB attendees - first viewing the current exhibit at the FIT museum. 
I met James from craft space continuum.  His energy was delightful and his dog food bag bag was neat!  Yes, you read correctly.  He made a shopping bag out of an old dog food bag.  The details can be found in this blog post.

The FIT exhibit showcased garments inspired by global fashion capitals.  I didn't names of the designers.  Oops.


I think the third photo (lower left) is from DKNY.  

Of course there was more fabric and notion shopping.  I picked up a couple pieces of denim for more jeans and lots of elastic to make elasticized waistbands like Kyle does

Finally on Sunday, my friend and I went to the Met to see the China Through the Looking Glass exhibit.  All I can say is WOW.  If you're in NYC, definitely make time to see the exhibit.  I took several

photos, but will only show this one:

This is a dress made of pottery.  I now know what to do with the overflow of bowls and plates that I currently have.

Okay, two more.  I don't remember who designed these dresses; they were gorgeous!

That's it for the NY trip.  I enjoyed it immensely and had a great time.  I feel my sewjo coming back and that's definitely a good thing!

Until next time, peace!


13 August 2015

Catching Up

Hello!  It's been nearly two months since my last post and I have a lot of catching up to do!

When I said that damn trench coat would need a lot of magic closet, I didn't think I would grab a chair and join it!  In a nutshell, I've done a little bit of sewing, had some health issues/more family drama, and spent a week in NYC. 

I still don't have a camera, so I probably won't do full-on reviews of the stuff I've sewn recently.  I will post some pictures soon.  I will also do a recap of the wonderful time I had with Kyle, Tomasa, and Anne at Male Pattern Boldness Day 2015.

More to come soon!  I hope. =)


14 June 2015

Going to Need A LOT of Magic Closet

So.  Much.  Magic.  Closet.  I'm talking Narnia here.


I separated the lining from the facing two inches up from the hem and still cannot get rid of the horrible pulling.  The right side (shown above) is not nearly as bad as the left side.  The lining is no longer attached to the hem and is left to hang loose.

I've made three lined coats and three lined jackets.  I've never seen anything like this before.

It seems as if the front is longer than the front facing.  When I pulled up the front and pinned it, the pulling somewhat disappeared.

I carefully measured every seam line on the front, front facing, and lining and found one discrepancy of 1/2".  Everything else was pretty close with a margin of error of 1/8" - surely not enough to cause this much trouble.  Right?

I didn't use steam when fusing the interfacing, so I don't think shrinkage is the culprit.  Plus, interfacing is fused to both the front and front facing.  If the interfacing is to blame, it seems like both pieces would suffer the same fate.

The coat fabric was pre-washed, dried, and steam pressed prior to cutting the pattern.  My wool jackets were only steam pressed and the other three coats weren't pretreated at all.  This problem is a mystery.

So off to the magic closet it goes.  After some considerable time off from this coat, I'll go back and reattach the facing-lining unit by taking out that excess fabric near the collar.

I momentarily considered removing the lining completely and replacing it with some Ambiance rayon.  But, I'm not comfortable with discarding this lining...yet.  It matches the vision in my head and I can't shake that image.

Oh well.  

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.  I've started working on fall clothes since that seems to be lacking right now.

Until next time, peace!



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