September 12, 2009


For all practical purposes I finished my two class today. I've worked on a speech outline and speech observation paper since 8a.m. this morning. Both are all finished and will be tweaked in Monday night class. I'll give my final speech on Wednesday, and that class will officially be over. I submitted the final two English papers Wednesday night at 11:47p.m. Received my research paper grade of 90% this afternoon - that's the paper I worked on through the holiday weekend. Wheeew!...glad that's over. I'm waiting on one more grade from and need to attend one final English class (Tuesday) and then that one will be over too!

I'm celebrating ahead of time and have declared my independence "CALLING A SEW-A-LONG" with my friends for Sunday afternoon. I'll use the balance of today to:
  • turn my study room back into my sewing studio
  • cleaning the rest of the house
  • cutting out the muslin for my Chanel jacket
  • cutting out at least one more item to work on tomorrow
  • and planning a meal for my friends
It feels sooo darned good too!
I am so behind on sewing related things. First I'd like to do a review of a brand new book I have:
its David Page Coffin's new book Making Trousers for Men & Women.
You can click here to preview the book.

I was real excited when I found out about this book. Those who read my blog know that I am constantly looking for that perfect TNT pants pattern. There is nothing like a great pair of slacks. So easy to wear, so effortless to pull together a work look that professional and polished.
I have my moments, but for the most part I think I am a pretty good sewist. But, I am smart enough to know that I don't know it I am also constantly looking for new information to HELP MYSELF OUT! I already think this is a great book. First of all, David Page Coffin, the man we know is so well versed in tailored shirt making is just as masterful with his new trouser teaching aid.

The book has the most wonderfully illustrative details. And in addition, IT COMES WITH ITS OWN DVD. I know the Dvd will be oh so helpful. I can't tell you how many times I've rewound it already - as in hey, let me see that part again. Ebony's husband Keith was kind hook up my DVD setup in my sewing studio several weeks ago. Now I don't need to run from room to room trying to sew and watch the instructional DVD. Thanks Keith!

One of the things from the book that I'm very eagar to try is Coffin's Front Fly application. I usually shy away from them and opt for the Mock Front Fly application instead. In doing so I always feel like I'm cheating. So this will be the first thing I attack with the new book.


  1. Glad to see you back!!!

  2. Congratulations! Freedom is a good feeling to have!

  3. I bought this book recently too and it prompted the purchase on el cheapo DVD player for my sewing room. It doubles as a guest room, so it will be useful if ever a guest ever comes. I haven't watched the DVD yet, but I've read the book cover to cover and am keen to try some of the techniques as well. I don't have a hankering for pants now the weather is warming up, so you will probably make something before I do. I'm eager to see what you do!

  4. Glad that you will be back at it with the sewing, I too have the goal of recreating the Chanel Jacket and suit. It will probably be the only time I will get that close to a Chanel piece.

  5. Congrats on passing you class. Looking forward to your review, but will likely purchase it - Thanks for sharing.

  6. Glad you're back, you've been missed.

  7. Congratulations!!! Have fun adjusting to your new/old schedule!

  8. Woo-hoo! I know how it feels to be done with classes. Congratulations and welcome back to the land of sewing :)

    CarlaF-in Atlanta

  9. I just got Coffin's book in the mail yesterday. I haven't had the chance to look it over yet. I did read the DVD is to be viewed on a computer, not a DVD player. I hope I can view at least some of if on the DVD player, because my desktop computer is not in my sewing room.

  10. Congratulations on finishing.

  11. No matter how much knowledge we possess it's never enough. We never stop learning. Welcome back to the things that bring you smiles. Congratulations on the 90% - you're the smart kid in class :)

  12. Congrats on being done! I am sure that you will dive back into sewing with a vengence and can't wait to see the new garments! Also thanks for the book review!

  13. Faye, Congratulations!!! You're one smart cookie. So very happy to have you back and must get my hand on that book, sounds very interesting. Passing with 90% is very impressive. Great job, my friend!

  14. Don't you love to find a good book from which you can learn at your leisure, to which you can return over and over? It's almost like having an expert friend....I nearly wore out my Vogue sewing book teaching myself to put in invisible and lapped zippers this year.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your Chanel suit. The fabric you got from your mother is lovely.

  15. Hi, Faye. Thanks for the update on books. As you know I have been in school too. So much congratulations on finishing two more classes. I know how you feel, I just finished two more as well. I think all great minds are on the same page as you and I both took English. I hope you get your grade back soon. My grade was published Monday, and it feels good to make an "A". Keep me posted. I also put out a new blog since I had some downtown. Check it out leave me suggestions if you have any. Mimisatin



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