Tag Archives : workwear

Making my own chore jacket – part 3

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Greetings once again from the lab of sewing ones own clothes, or the den of slow fashion as it may more accurately be called. This installment is part three of attempting to sew my own workwear style coat, using the “Foreman” pattern by Merchant & Mills. Part 1 can be found here and part two is here. I left you…

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Making my own Chore jacket – part 2

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I left you at the end of part one (find it here) having cut out all the pieces required to make the jacket, and applied interfacing to the bits that needed the extra rigidity. So far it was really just a case of following the simple and logical process of identifying the right size, carefully cutting out the pieces and doing…

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Making my own Chore jacket – part 1

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Even with the very best of intentions, this project has been a slow starter. It’s been sitting on a shelf in the hallowed room of sewing for around a year now. I did post about it half a year back, when I thought I had worked up the gumption to give it a go (read here), so let’s let that one…

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Paladrin – Workwear made by London

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Think of huge clothing companies, you know, the like of H&M and Zara. They make billions of garments, employ thousands of people, make whopping amounts of money and have their product made in faceless factories wherever will make it cheapest. Then move your thoughts right down to the other end of the scale. Consider what it’s like if a company…

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Ley Clothing – more quality, small-scale production

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Ley Clothing is Ollie. Just Ollie, operating out of the spare room in his flat, self-taught and dedicated to his art. He first came to my attention when I noticed the shirts he was showing on Instagram. In a fantastic looking brown deadstock vintage corduroy. I’m not sure which of those hashtaggable words it was that caught my attention, but…

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Time for some sewing again… Merchant & Mills jacket!

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After a long and basically threadless Spring and Summer (bare the occasional button that needed sewing, naturally) it’s time to see about firing up the sewing machine again. Yes, I know, the blue corduroy waistcoat is still unfinished, and every time someone asks I think that it must surely be time to finish it. And it will happen, I promise! In…

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Pukka patchwork workwear from Universal Works

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If there was a scale of hipness when it comes to items made of multiple scraps of fabric, I’d like to think you might find some vintage Japanese boro at one end and your nans favourite quilted bedspread at the other (technically this would be absolute zero, or zero Kelvin, to be nerdy). Somewhere in between, probably at a pleasant…

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For a versatile jacket, look to blue collar

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I appear to have a bit of a thing for blue jackets. Off the top of my head I count 9, some of various types, but most of a quite similar type. The type in question is what some would call a chore jacket. Some would class it as retro workwear inspired. Others may pedantically throw out words such as unstructured…

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Trouser Tuesday: Pike Brothers 1942 Hunting Pants, vintage perfected

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As I’ve mentioned before, one of the joys of writing a blog is in discovering new things. Travelling to a new place, finding new and interesting things, talking to people and hearing their stories and opinions. Todays review, which is almost the final review of the bakers dozen in this round, is from a brand that first came to my…

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While in Copenhagen… A visit to Hansen Garments

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One of the places I was most looking forward to visit while in Copenhagen was the world HQ of quality menswear brand Hansen Garments. I’ve been a fan for a few years now and have enjoyed following their ascent from being a tiny and almost unknown brand to where they are now, a little larger, yet still as dedicated, still…

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