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Apr 15, 2015

Working on a Chambray Shirt

I saw this shirt, from Levi's vintage line, on Pinterest recently and I really liked it.

Apr 12, 2015

Weekend Knit Shirt Drama

I don't sew with cotton knits very often, readers.  Here's why:

Apr 9, 2015

New Pattern, New Fabric, New DECLUTTERING!

I can't remember whether I showed you this beautiful gray cotton lawn I picked up last month at Elliot Berman.

Apr 6, 2015

Vogue Spring Fashions -- of 1942!

As anyone who follows me on Pinterest already knows, I am a big fan of vintage department store display, Sixties hairdos, and -- most especially -- Forties fashion.  

Apr 3, 2015

MPB EXCLUSIVE: An entire BOOK about the sewing pattern industry!!!

Last Saturday my friend Johanna lent me a library copy of A History of the Paper Pattern Industry, written by Joy Spanabel Emery and published by Bloomsbury in 2014.

Mar 31, 2015

Mar 28, 2015

My Fish Print Shirt Adventure

Readers, I am actually making a shirt for neither me nor Michael but rather for a mystery client!

Mar 25, 2015

Peter Models the Zip-Front Hoodie and Tan Dress Pants!

The hoodie is officially in the house!  To see me modeling it, just click here.

Mar 22, 2015

What is "Comfort Sewing"?

Readers, do you ever engage in the sewing equivalent of meatloaf with gravy and mashed potatoes -- henceforth to be referred to as comfort sewing?

Mar 20, 2015

MPB Exclusive: Friday Fabric DYE-O-RAMA!

The first day of spring and it's snowing -- what better time to experiment once more with my Jacquard Procion dyes?

Mar 17, 2015

Knickers for Men -- YEA or NAY?

Friends, I was taught to call the pants up top knickers.

I know that in many anglophone countries, knickers refer to women's underwear.  A big YEA for women's underwear.

Mar 13, 2015

Dye Another Day or "Ain't Nothing Like the Teal Thing, Baby"

I hit the Procion dye bottle again yesterday, readers.

Mar 11, 2015

My UNDYEING Love for Rit Color Remover!

A number of you recommended I try Rit Color Remover after yesterday's fiasco, and try dyeing my shirts again.

Mar 10, 2015

Today I Dyed -- and Lived to Tell About It

Readers, remember that post I wrote a few months back about some shirts I'd made in colors that weren't flattering and which I was considering dying?

Mar 7, 2015


Friends, can it really be time to turn out clocks ahead again?  Spring is on its way!

What better time than now to play another round of the sewing blogosphere's favorite pattern-naming game, Name That Pattern!
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