I was going to wait until I got this piece framed, but it's so nice I thought I'd show it off. This is what I received recently as my part of a trade for a custom Forager Vest. It was painted by Derek Nobbs and I highly recommend checking out his stuff.
Ingredients: selvedge canvas from Cone Mills, hand-waxed canvas details using Otter Wax, hand-embroidered arrows, hand-stamped leather tag, "japanned" black reproduction buckle.
Built on an antique Singer single-needle industrial sewing machine. Hand-felled seams. Other details include a multi-layer chest pocket, watch pocket, interior pocket, and a special "cigarette-pocket" style smartphone pocket.
My camera can't handle anything with red in it very well, so the color is a little off. It's a very nice rusty brown color that I'm sure is going to get even better the longer it's worn.
Came across some very interesting antique fabrics recently, including some "outing flannel" that dates back to the late 1800's. I bought what I could and made some pocket squares.
These may all be spoken for, but I'm not sure just yet [Flannel and indigo pocket squares, and striped indigo scarves are now sold out, but still have two french blue and one brown chambray pocket square left]. Contact if you're interested in any of them.
Also made a display rack out of an old corn crate. I'll have to take some better images if/when it gets hung.
Cone Mills denim laundry bag. Inspired by another trip to the laundromat. I tried to make this as fast as I could, and also wanted to test out a 1948 off-the-arm felling machine. Will need to go with the classic circular bottom next time, but this was a fun experiment that produced something useful.
Final pieces for Slowboat Deadstock. At least for now. Henceforth these designs will be available through them directly and will continue to be hand-crafted, just not by me. Drop 'em a line if you're interested. Oh, and be sure to ask about the handmade vintage Kimono scarves, they're really great.
To date, trying to make clothing for a living has not been profitable. Pretty much it's a been a personal savings vacuum. So, I'm having to re-evaluate how I do things. I just started taking a class on small business, which will help some. In the meantime I may focus more on direct sales and custom work. Or maybe not. I'll let you know.