First of three muslins I’m working on this long weekend.

The Seamwork Negroni was the first project I tackled years ago when Carla was trying to teach me to sew. It sat unfinished in my drawer for at least four years until I got my own machine in October 2017. When I finally finished, I sort of hated it. The bright yellow fabric was a poor choice. The contrast red top stitching looked like Ronald McDonald-wear.

I pulled it out again last week and realized the biggest problem: the fit was sloppy. What worked on my chest left me with a sloppy shoulder seam. So I drew myself a “large and a half”: size L shoulders, sleeves, and neck; half between L and XL on the chest. Tried on the muslin this afternoon and I think that’s going to do the trick. Also, I have cute fabric ready for this.

Finished my @jalie_patterns 2451 this weekend, perfect for the chilly weather lately. I wound up tapering the back to get the fit right, wish I’d have five that before I started assembling. 🙄😂 . . #oaklandsews #sewqueer #menswearforall #imadethis

Found an interesting tutorial for creating hand sewn buttonholes.

I’ve learned the hard way (read: having picked out way too many in the last 18 months) that it doesn’t matter how many 1-step button holes your machine makes; they can still be really finicky.

Neglected to post photos of this in all the denim jacket madness: first make of 2019, Toby K Charleston vest in wool flannel from @stonemountainfabric. . . #imadethis #makes #oaklandsews #sewqueer #janome #menswearforall #sewcialists #mensew

Some day I will get the top stitching right on the first try. Today is not that day.

Vest in progress.

Sewcialists are kicking off their menswear for all theme month. Looking forward to seeing what everyone makes, and to trying to stretch myself.

A little light reading. The used bookstore has been good to me.

Up next: Jalie 2451 insulated vest. Yes, I seem to be on a bit of an outerwear kick.

It wasn’t all easy going on the cardigan. When I went to see the side and sleeve seams I accidentally sewed the back and opposite sleeves together, as well as the front. It was… not human shaped. Oops.