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Aug 18, 2016

Peter at the Manus x Machina Exhibit + New Pattern Book + More Jacket Pics!

Readers, today I finally got my a** over to the Manus x Machina exhibit at the Met Museum Costume Institute.

Many MPB readers from even thousands of miles away had managed to get there, couldn't I?  To be honest, these big Met museum blockbuster shows are not my thing.  Yes, they're bursting with extraordinary treasures, but there's simply too much show (more than 170 ensembles), too many people, and I never end up having as good as a time as I have at an FIT exhibit one-fifth the size, like say, Uniformity, which we saw last Saturday on MPB Day.

I arrived at the museum before noon and, while the exhibit was busy, it wasn't as crowded as I'd feared.  I saw some fantastic gowns -- in fact, the exhibit is mostly couture gowns, created with the most extraordinary workmanship imaginable, done both by hand and by machine (which is the point of the exhibit).  Still, it felt overwhelming: like sitting down to a tray of six dozen cupcakes when you only wanted to savor one or two; I lost my appetite.

Boué Soeurs

Yves Saint Laurent




Having just taken a draping class, I think I enjoyed seeing the Charles James toiles (below) most of all.  I'd love to hear what you thought of the show if you've seen it already (it closes first week of September).

Many excellent photos (not mine) from the show here.

In other news, yesterday at Kinokuniya bookstore, I treated myself to a copy of the new men's Japanese pattern book, Men's Clothes for All Seasons.  This little softcover has patterns for more than twenty garments: shirts, jackets, pants, pajamas, boxers -- you name it.  I love the layout and styling -- clean and preppy -- and I'm excited to try some of the patterns in the months ahead.

Next up, here are a few more jacket pics.  There was some question about whether the wool knit I used is actually camo or houndstooth.  It does seem like the individual elements echo houndstooth, though clearly the colors and arrangement are more camo-like (or, as someone suggested, digitized camo).  A big thank you to MPB reader SJKurtz for coining the term camotooth.  I think I'll use that moving forward.

This is true houndstooth.

And that's it!  I'll be on vacation next week, but will be back the week after.   I'll be posting to Instagram in the meantime -- lobster pics by Wednesday I'm sure!

Have a great day, everybody!

Embellishment-free Courreges -- refreshing!

Aug 16, 2016

Peter Models the Wool Camo Jacket!

Friends, I know what you're thinking:

Peter is sewing camouflage?  This from the person who eschewed G.I. Joe dolls for Barbies?

Well it's true.  And you can see the results right this very minute by clicking HERE.

Aug 14, 2016


Readers, yesterday's sixth annual MPB Day summer event was a hot hit!

Aug 12, 2016

'Twas the Night Before MPB Day + Camo Jacket UPDATE!

Friends, tomorrow's the big day: our sixth annual MPB Day celebration, seventh if you count last March's Winter Frolic.

Aug 10, 2016

And the Cold Weather Sewing Begins!

Sure, the weather outside is hot and unbearably humid, but inside, I'm thinking November!

Aug 7, 2016

NAME THAT PATTERN: Billie Burke Birthday Edition!

You know her as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz, but before that, Billie Burke (b. Aug 7, 1884) was the famous Ziegfeld beauty who married her boss, Florenz Ziegfeld himself!  She then went on to play ditzy matrons in countless golden era Hollywood films, including such classics as Dinner at Eight and Father of the Bride.

Aug 4, 2016

Eat Your Heart Out, Ralph Lauren! Peter's Original Polo Union Suit

Readers, ever since I wrote about a 1920's union suit I bought on eBay two years ago, I've gotten frequent inquiries about where one might find a pair just like it, or whether I'd made a pattern to make one.

Aug 1, 2016

New Month, New Fabric, New Projects!

No, you're not seeing double.

Michael and I wore our matching shirts to a workshop this weekend with Ariel & Shya Kane, and this happened: pure serendipity.  These are our friends Ralf and Arne from Germany and we were excited to coordinate so well with them, especially since the workshop was all about creativity and intuition.

Jul 27, 2016

My Final Class Project (and a few others)

Yesterday was my last day of patternmaking class: we presented our final projects and received our reviews.

You can see my jacket in motion here.

Jul 24, 2016

Drafting My First Notched Collar

You probably know what a notched collar is, but if you don't, the illustration above should make it clear.

Jul 21, 2016

Michael Models My Swiss Dot Creation!

Friends, today's the day!

You can see Michael model the new summer outfit I made him here.

Jul 15, 2016

Patternmaking Class Project #2: Shawl-Collar Jacket

Friends, this week I drafted my own pattern for a double-breasted, shawl-collared, raglan-sleeved, princess-seamed ladies jacket.

Say that ten times fast!

Jul 12, 2016

Vintage 70's Men's Pullover Shirt in Patchwork!

This weekend I decided to use some patchwork fabric I've had in my stash for a few years now, which I purchased at Metro Textiles (the end of a bolt) for a song.

Jul 9, 2016

First Patternmaking Class Project: Hit or Miss?

Readers, my first formal flat patternmaking class project was to create a (structured) drop shoulder hip-length top.
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