Well, well, well. It’s been one year since I’ve moved to New York City (victory!!!). So, what did I do to celebrate? I did awesome, chummy, touristy stuff, that’s what. I went up to the top of the Empire State Building and treated myself to this city’s never less than impressive concrete jungle landscape.
For many, and it certainly is so for me, moving and succeeding in NYC is an ultimate test. Based on my limited experience so far, I’ve learned that the key to that success is to enjoy the challenges you’re face with and keep seeking progress. The city offers the thrill of adventure – and it’s up to you on how far you’re willing to go.
The weather’s been feeling less like Spring and more like Summer lately. Not sure if the warm-up has something to do with it but I’ve been looking up more often as I meander around the city and getting more “Instagrammy” than usual. Basically, I’m still a tourist. Not mad at that. This city deserves to be admired, through the eyes and through the lens.
The button-up shirt. It’s a fundamental article in menswear history and will continue to be for years on end. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I took the opportunity to learn the craft of constructing a dress shirt through the Menswear program at Fashion Institute of Technology. The course focused on sewing techniques and the steps of piecing together a quality, hand-made classic dress shirt. Halfway through the semester, we made a dickey to test out our sewing chops. As for the class final, we took everything that we learned throughout the semester and constructed a full fledged button-up. Here are some shots of the steps leading up to the completed item – an actual wearable shirt (whoa).
Now that the class is over my next step’s to sew a few more shirts on my own and experimenting with different fabrics.
The fabric I used was red oxford with a really light sheen purchased from Purl SoHo.
Oxford fabric unravels fairly quickly when it’s cut and is moved around. Working fast with minimal handling is key to prevent the edges from fraying away. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.
Essential production materials.
Patterns for the collar, cuffs and sleeve plackets.
Laying and cutting along the proper grain of the fabric is crucial. Otherwise, the shape of the shirt will become stretched and uneven over time.
In process of sewing together a cuff.
Check point. Examining how my felling of the shoulders and sides looked. Not bad for a newbie…
Spring in New York. Can’t complain. Especially since my dear Minnesota family and friends are STILL battling with never-ending, gawd-almighty-could-you-stop-already snowfall. The weather’s been a bit more forgiving out here on the coast, but it’s still a bit unpredictable from day to day. Outfits need to be able to be adapt to these, what I like to call, “in-between seasons weather.” Spring weather is walking weather, and this look is perfect when I’m hoofing it from city block to city block. Combining activewear with comfort and utility, complemented by subtle patterns and pops of color – it’s definitely one of my Spring looks on the streets.