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May 24, 2015

Sewing for Mom + My New Hat



I've got the fabric, I've got the mother, now I just have to get started.

I want to make my mother a few summer tops and, if you saw my last post, you saw the beautiful cotton floral fabric I picked up at Metro Textiles on Thursday (also above).

I have a few patterns I think will work, but I may just start by making her a simple sloper using a shirt pattern of mine.   She tried on my patchwork madras shirt yesterday and the fit isn't bad.  Her shoulders are much narrower of course, and her back is quite curved, but I can make those adjustments pretty easily (I think).



I want to make this this coming week and I'm asking you to hold me accountable.  Once we have the sloper fitted, the top shouldn't take too long -- we're talking basic tunic/caftan shapes.

In unrelated news, I wanted to share some cool shots of cars I've seen on my most recent photo shoots.  I don't own a car myself but I'd be happy to have either of these in the garage.  Actually, I don't have a garage either.





Nice, huh?

Moving right along, I did something I'm not proud of recently: I went to a brick and mortar hat store and tried on straw hats.  I saw a gorgeous Stetson Panama fedora for $175 but, friends, I couldn't bring myself to spend that kind of money for something that would get ruined in the rain or could blow off my head while I'm bicycle riding.  Plus where do you put it when you go to a restaurant?  (Hat check girls are a vanishing species.)

The part I'm not proud of is that I immediately went on Amazon and found a much, much cheaper version -- not a true Panama but still by Stetson (and straw) that cost about 1/4 the price.   It arrived yesterday and I love it.







I'm thinking of this as a starter hat and if I wear it a lot this summer maybe I can rationalize spending more on a true Panama, purchased from my favorite hat store, J.J. Hat Center.  BTW, they don't carry the hat I bought so it's not like it was an option.

Finally, I'm really enjoying my new iPhone.  Who knew what a joy texting could be, or just checking my email on the fly?  I've even joined Instagram!

In closing, what does one do with a hat like this when you need to take it off in a public place -- lay it on the floor?

Have a great day, everybody!

May 21, 2015

Fabric Shopping With My Friend Lenore!



Meet Lenore -- a super person, talented handbag designer, and FABULOUS friend to go fabric shopping with!

May 19, 2015

Holy Hibiscus! -- Michael Models the Tropical Print Blazer!



Would you believe that a few short years ago I couldn't have identified a hibiscus if my life depended on it?  Not anymore!

Michael's oversized hibiscus print blazer is finished and you can see him model it this very minute it by simply clicking here.

May 18, 2015

Finishing Touches on the Blazer + New Fabric!



Friends, I am happy to report that the blazer is finished -- well, almost finished: I still need to insert the sleeve lining.

May 15, 2015

MPB -- Now 33% BIGGER!



Readers, it was time.

Today MPB got its first-ever upgrade.

May 12, 2015

Sunglasses for Mom et al.



As most of you know, last Sunday was Mother's Day.

May 9, 2015

Sport Jacket Progress + Job Opening at Mood



After agonizing for a day or two about my fabric, I jumped into my sport jacket project and I'm not looking back.

May 6, 2015

What I'm Making With My Hibiscus Print + New Dress Patterns



Readers, I've made a decision about my wild hibiscus print fabric: I'm going to make an informal summer blazer, using Vogue 9445 (up top) from 1958.

May 3, 2015

NAME THAT PATTERN -- MARY ASTOR B-DAY EDITION!



Friends, if you're an old movie buff like I am, you're probably a fan of Mary Astor.

Mary was best known as more of a supporting player than a lead, but if you've ever seen The Maltese Falcon, Midnight, The Great Lie (for which she won an Oscar) or The Palm Beach Story, you've seen Mary Astor at her best.  What better way to celebrate Mary's hundred-and-ninth birthday than with a very special round of the Internet's favorite pattern-naming game, NAME THAT PATTERN!

Apr 30, 2015

Repairing My Parka + What Would YOU Make With This Fabric?



My mountain parka (above) is one of my all-time favorite sewing projects.

Apr 27, 2015

Vogue 8889 Men's Shirt Reveal or "Hello Voile-y"



Friends, I am happy to report that I finished my cotton voile shirt over the weekend.

Apr 24, 2015

Oh, You Beautiful Voile!



Today I started my latest project, a shirt made from the gray floral cotton voile I purchased last month at Elliott Berman.  It's a very delicate, finely woven fabric from France.

Apr 21, 2015

Yee-Haw -- Peter Models the Western Shirt!



Readers, the Western shirt is done, pearl snaps and all!

To see me model it, just click here.

Apr 18, 2015

The Western (or Cowboy) Shirt -- YEA or NAY?



Readers, it didn't dawn on me till I was halfway through the chambray shirt I'm making that it's really a modified cowboy shirt.

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.
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