Peter Lappin is a Threads digital ambassador. He began sewing in 2009 and nine years later is one of the internet’s most visible male sewers, thanks, in part, to his popular blog, Male Pattern Boldness, where he shares his passion with sewers from all over the world, at every level of experience.
Peter has sewn just about every type of modern garment, from 1920’s women’s pajamas to classic men’s tailored peacoats. Since 2015, Peter has also been designing and constructing custom clothing for private clients.
At Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, Peter has studied patternmaking, draping, tailoring, shirtmaking, and haute couture sewing techniques.
A collector of (primarily) vintage sewing machines, Peter’s collection includes a vintage 1920’s Singer 66 treadle, a handful of Mid-century Featherweights, a vintage 50’s Elna Grasshopper, an 80’s-era Bernina (930), and a brand new pink plastic “Hello Kitty” Janome.
Peter considers home sewing to be part of a changing consciousness in the 21st Century, in which we make things for the satisfaction of expressing who we are, even if it ends up costing more than the ready-made, store-bought equivalent, and for the excitement of owning something that truly is one-of-a-kind. Sewing answers a basic human need to be creative.
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