Peter Lappin of Male Pattern Boldness {Podcast Episode #110}

Continuing my garment sewing series interviews, today’s podcast guest is Peter Lappin of Male Pattern Boldness. I recently discovered Peter on instagram and started following his classwork from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He posts about his thrifting adventures, the books inspiring him on his journey along with his creations and finds for his “cousin” Cathy.

During our conversation, we talk about Peter’s love for vintage sewing machines and patterns, the story behind his cousin Cathy Lane and why he considers himself a “craftsperson”.

Notes from the Show:

Pattern Review

Selfish Seamstress

Elliott Berman (fabric store in New York)

Erica Bunker


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  1. I hope you don’t mind, I would like to speak to the part about the resurgence of sewing. I learned to sew in High School and sewed for a few years after that. Many years later, I started quilting when a co-worker asked me to sit in her first class just to have a friendly face and support. This started my resurgence. Later, because I fell in love with fiber arts and wanted to make my own fabric and go one step further. I now sew clothing made with my handwoven fabrics.
    So why the resurgence? We have discovered value in handmade items that are NOT made in sweatshops. Okay, so we sometimes put ourselves into a “sweatshop” position when we do it – but it is our passion, not something we are forced to do. We have also found that getting one of a kind original garments is a great way to express our originality. And finally, there is the joy in saying “I made it myself!”

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  3. Great interview. I follow Peter’s blog , and Brian ( he stop posting on youtube). I started sewing about the same time. Unfortunately, I am not as lucky as Peter to live close to FIT.
    Thanks for sharing

    Josie from Socal

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