Threads have directions, who would have thought!

Wonder why when using machine thread to hand sew, it turns weirdly? It’s the twist! So, it turns out that threads come in two flavors: S twist and Z twist Image from Yarnsub. Machine threads are in Z twist, whereas hand sewing threads have a S twist. This convention is born out of the fact… Continue reading Threads have directions, who would have thought!

Linen suit: ready for summer

Finally, it is here: my new linen suit! I got this Irish linen last year with the idea to make this suit and I finally followed through. After 3 versions of this self drafted jacket, I think I have nailed the general shape. This time I opened the quarters slightly more for increased ventilation and… Continue reading Linen suit: ready for summer

Zadie Jumpsuits, tattoos, and armpit hair

With summer coming, or rather, with summer here, I’ve been thinking more and more about my armpits. Yes, you read that right. One of the first things I tried to fully embrace over the years is that I am inevitably very hairy. Besides the curls (which apparently also constituted a subject prone to bullying), the… Continue reading Zadie Jumpsuits, tattoos, and armpit hair

Viki Sews Adeline + VBC Covertcoat: all my pants dreams come true

Last summer I started drafting a pants pattern to embody all my Neapolitan style dreams: think inseam pockets, loose but not too loose silhouette, two pleats, cuffed hem, high waist. Blogs such as Die, Workwear! only enabled this obsession, which unfortunately I had to put in the back burner due to having to do other… Continue reading Viki Sews Adeline + VBC Covertcoat: all my pants dreams come true

How to sew a sleeve placket, the easy way (IMHO!).

I’ve been asked several times what my secret for a crips sleeve placket, as this particular part of shirt making is often badly explained and ends up dissuading many people from making shirts altogether. For this reason today I’m sharing with you my own method. I confess it’s been a lot of trial and error… Continue reading How to sew a sleeve placket, the easy way (IMHO!).

#PatternTorture: my take on the Tatjana Trousers

Disclaimer: while I received this pattern for free, opinions are my own. This review is intended as a documentation of my sewing and as a helpful tool for my audience, nothing more. You all know I'm a lover of classic style and pleated pants. So when Delphine of Just Patterns asked...well...months ago to sew a… Continue reading #PatternTorture: my take on the Tatjana Trousers