Innovation can spur from the confidence one earns from the daring interlude between staying warm and being sartorially inclined. I strive to inspire and especially motivate others, but the true way to motivate is after inspiration. Take JFK Jean Personal Shopper, Blogger & Style…
I already follow all of these fine gentlemen. If you don’t already, you should. I’m honored to have made the cut. I’m assuming the C here stands for creative critics and conscientious connoisseurs of contemporary culture cultivating content cum class. Yeah.
I started this last weekend after I posted about getting the materials. It took me about 4 hours to do, but I’m pretty happy with the results. It probably would have been shorter, but I was pretty nervous. This was my first sewing project. I got a couple of books about sewing, but felt kind of stupid making pillow cases and draw-string pants. I feel I might as well start with something I like and learn from my mistakes. And I did make mistakes. Later in the week I ripped out two of the seams and resewed them. I also changed from white to black thread.
I wore the scarf to work last week and it’s very warm. I still have material for two more scarves, but am not sure I want to use it for that. My wife wants me to make her a skirt. Not happening. I was thinking of making some pocket squares. Seems easy enough. Cut a square. I’m feeling the idea of a navy camel hair pocket square in a tan camel hair coat. Or I could make a tie. What do you think?
The whole Urban Outfitters collab with J. Press is on sale now. Pants, sweaters and jackets are $60. Shirts are $40.
I picked up the black watch pants and gray flannel pants. I like the way they fit, but I’m not happy with the lining. They’re both lined down to the knee in a very slippery polyester material. They slide around like the greased up deaf guy on family guy unless I belt them down. You can only choose a waist size with the pants. The inseam on the 30s seam to be about 30 which fits me well. The rise is short. It’s about 10/10.5, but I’m ok with that too.
I talked to one of the employees and he said that the whole line wasn’t very popular and they’d probably do another price cut in a month or so. There was only one pair of each in my size and I didn’t want to risk it, so I got them today. I’m not sure I’m going to keep them though. This lining is a trip. I’m planning to talk to my tailor about removing/replacing the lining. Oh, well.
LEC sent me a handwritten thank you card for buying some shirts from them. This is the kind of thing that makes me loyal to a brand. Who does this? LEC apparently. I’m floored. I feel compelled to write a letter back, but she did include an email address. I kind of feel like a jerk too because I didn’t like the shirts and sent them back yesterday. I would have thought extra hard about sending them back if I got this with the shirts. Marketing genius.
Since I began my sartorial journey, I’ve become acutely aware of two facts:
There are several items that I want that I have a hard time finding. I think they may not exist at all.
Many of the items I see that I do like are out of my price range.
My solution to these two problems? Have a tailor make it for me. Psych! I can’t afford that either. On the real, I’ll just make it myself. How hard can it be?
Round 1: A scarf
Black Stewart Tartan 100% Worsted Wool $10
Solid Navy 100% Camel Hair $15
I found both of these on the clearance rack at a fabric store. They’re both 38” by 66”. Being that most scarves are about 12” wide and 66” long, I can make about six scarves out of this material. Or I could just make one or two mega scarves. I’m thinking about sewing them together a la ACL. I have no idea how to do fringes, so I’ll just leave the ends alone. Now I just have to find the time to do this. At least, I have the materials. Wish me luck?
I ran into these in Bloomingdales today. Nothing short of epic. They look and feel amazing. Hook and eye closure. Zippered fly. Short rise. Back flap pockets. Need I go on. If I was dropping C notes on pants (plus a Jackson for tapering), I’d be all over these. Easy.