Is it me or have men's cotton turtlenecks nearly vanished from mainstream fashion?
I know you can still find them here and there (Ralph Lauren, L.L. Bean, Lands End), but they used to be everywhere. How are men keeping their necks warm these days?
I was looking for a good quality cotton turtleneck last week and finally ordered one from L.L. Bean: $22.95 with no tax and free shipping. When it arrived, however, I was disappointed. While the cotton is soft, the fit is way off. I'd ordered a size Small. The torso is narrow enough, but the sleeves are wide enough for a pair of legs - make that two pair -- and the armholes hang down to mid-chest. I mean, I know different brands use different fit models, but this is weird and nothing like the size Small turtlenecks I remember from the past.
Also, the cuffs and collar aren't particularly elastic -- not much stretchier than the regular jersey. A look inside shows that the side/sleeve seam is serged, and I could easily tailor the shirt for a better fit. I pinned a bit -- though not nearly enough -- to get a sense of how it might look if I took it in.
Here you can see the slightly tailored sleeve on my right.
I hate the idea of having to re-do RTW, but I know many people do this as a matter of course. The shirt was cheap, and I could probably do a good job without too much of a time investment, but still, it irks me to have to restitch a brand new shirt. The alternative would be to return it.
What would you do?
In other news, today I started tracing my coat pattern and boy, is it a chore. I don't mind tracing per se, but seam allowances have to be added and this pattern calls for different seam allowances on different pattern pieces -- the lining pieces in particular are hard to figure out.
I'm hoping in the morning, when I'm fresher, I'll be able to make sense of all these numbers.
And that's it! I hope to have everything traced by tomorrow so I can spend the rest of the week on the muslin.
This pocket alone (below) may take an afternoon!
In closing, aside from hemming a pair of pants, do you often have to tailor your RTW (ready-to-wear) clothing purchases?
Readers, thank you so much for your many words of support regarding my mother's injury.
She asked me to send along her thanks as well. My mom's doing somewhat better: eating (not enough but some), pushing through her exercises with her physical therapists, and even -- this is a big one -- accepting phone calls and visits from a few friends. I see her most days and I'm actually enjoying the trips, believe it or not. Being able to bicycle to the hospital (well, near it) helps too.
Friends, I am delighted to announce the latest version of MPB's exclusive pattern-naming game: NAME THAT PATTERN, 100% Gluten-Free. Now you can indulge in the revelry without worry of tummy upset. Bean-based, it's more digestible and more nutritious too!
Readers, tragedy struck yesterday: an explosion in the West Village knocked out RCN Cable service to the entire West Side of Manhattan. I have been without Internet for nearly 36 hours. I feel, frankly, a little desperate and Michael is worse. I'm writing this from a local coffee bar, so please excuse all food stains.
I wasn't feeling my best yesterday, but I managed to stencil on my party smile and hightail it to the Pattern Review event at Elliot Berman Textiles last night. (You may recognize the woman in teal on my right as Kyle from Vacuuming the Lawn.)
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught home sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mainly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!