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Mar 21, 2017

Learning How to Drape in Knit


In my Saturday morning draping class (Draping IV), we're currently working in knit and I'm finding it very challenging.

There's something about knits -- their stretchiness and slinkiness -- that feels imprecise and difficult to control.  That said, here I am: I have to learn this.

Last week our professor taught us how to make a simple twist, which is a cool technique.   The challenge for me is marking the knit correctly so when I remove my drape I can turn it into a pattern -- or simply copy what I've made onto the other side of my dress form if we've only draped, say, the right side, as we sometimes do.


So far I've only been working in some gray cotton jersey I found at the Salvation Army, formerly a bedsheet.  It's beefy but not very fluid and prone to wrinkling.  So today I went fabric shopping and picked up something a little slinkier.

I looked at a ton of knits and was surprised at how few of them excited me.  Here are a few that caught my eye.

I liked the hand (and color) of Anna Sui knit but it was too expensive.


This Missoni-inspired acrylic blend was pretty but already had a worn look to the surface, like it's pilling.


I ended up buying the following:

An Alexander Wang polyester knit with a lovely glow and a heavy drape.  It would be ideal for a design incorporating a cowl or a twist.  Or both!


This poly-rayon-Lurex blend has a lot of glamour and a Seventies vibe.  Matching separates?  Jumpsuit?



I've been eyeing commercial patterns for inspiration.  This is not rocket science but I'm feeling intimidated.  Knits are new territory for me, though I've made a few knit things over the years, mainly underwear and a few shirts.  I need to have a completed draped dress by Saturday.  Wish me luck.

Have a great day, everybody!

Maybe with the fabric scraps?

Mar 16, 2017

My Jockey Journey or "The Crapification of Men's Undershirts"


Readers, today I need to get something off my chest and I don't mean my undershirt.

Mar 6, 2017

My Self-Drafted Men's Shirt + Kenzo Klunker?


Here's the shirt I designed last week for my menswear patternmaking class at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

Mar 2, 2017

GLAMOUR ALERT -- Lenore Models My Yellow Crepe Ensemble!


Readers, a special treat!

My beautiful friend Lenore (who, among her many talents, is a handbag designer), has modeled my wool crepe ensemble, my final project for a draping class I took at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) last fall.

You can view the results on the Mood Sewing Network here.  

Feb 25, 2017

NAME THAT PATTERN -- Comeback Edition!


Readers, it was time.

The sewing blogosphere hasn't been the same since I retired NAME THAT PATTERN, the Internet's favorite sewing pattern game.  So I'm delighted to report that we're back, and with straighter teeth, fuller lips, and a noticeably firmer jawline,

Feb 23, 2017

FULL FRONTAL: Peter Models the Camo Shirt Jacket!


Readers, as promised, the BIG REVEAL.

Check out my new camo jacket over at the Mood Sewing Network here!

Feb 21, 2017

More Camo Capers!



Remember this jacket I made last August?

Feb 16, 2017

1920's Butterick Men's Shirt Pattern - The Muslin


Yesterday I realized that I'd traced the wrong size for the Japanese shirt pattern I'd intended to make:  I'd traced a Medium but I actually needed a Large.

Feb 13, 2017

New Sewing Project, New Pattern, New Sewing Machine!


Well, more like a new-to-me sewing machine.

Feb 9, 2017

SNOW LEOPARD! -- Michael Models the Animal Print Shirt


Let it never be said that Michael isn't an intrepid model!

Feb 6, 2017

Feb 1, 2017

First Fabric Haul of 2017


Readers, it's been a while since I've shared a fabric shopping haul with you.

Jan 18, 2017

Hear my recorded interview!


Hey, friends!

You can hear a recording of the interview I did yesterday with Dawn and Alethia on That Sewing Blab by just clicking HERE for Crowdcast and HERE for YouTube.

Jan 17, 2017

Whatever Happened to the Bed Jacket?


Friends, when is the last time you saw someone wear a bed jacket who wasn't starring in a 1940's film noir?

Jan 16, 2017

TUNE IN TUESDAY @ 7:30 pm EST for my LIVE interview!


UPDATE: Hear the recorded interview HERE!
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