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Sep 1, 2014

What I Did On My Summer Vacation + New Patterns

I'm back from the Cape, readers!

I'm not what you would call a beach person.  I like to swim in the ocean and I enjoy a rough surf, but I can't handle the sun, hate applying sunblock, and the sand -- yuck.  So even though we had glorious weather, we went to the beach to swim/sun only once.  The water was cold and the surf nil.   I wore one of my me-made bathing suits.

Still, I ran along the beach (Provincetown is a marvelous place to go running) most mornings and we walked the dogs on the bay daily.

As required, we ate lobster at the famous Lobster Pot restaurant.  (Well, I ate lobster, Michael ate sole.)  It never disappoints.

We rented what must be the smallest house in Provincetown: literally one room with a bathroom carved out of it.  The house looks directly onto the main drag, Commercial Street, so instead of watching TV, we just drew the blinds and watched the world go by. 

As I mentioned, we had magnificent weather: sunny skies, low humidity, mid 70's the entire time.  If there was (is) a downside to Provincetown, it's the long drive from NYC -- easily 6 hours with no traffic, but there's no alternative if you're traveling with dogs.

As fun as it was, I am always glad to return to my sewing machines.   And I have two new patterns on the way I'm excited about.

First, I want to try making one of those 70's style cotton/nylon lined parkas. 

I picked up this Daisy Kingdom pattern, which looks like just the thing (I also considered a nearly identical Green Pepper pattern).

And yesterday I won this vintage Don Loper cocktail dress pattern and coat on eBay.  I love when a dress pattern includes a coat, don't you?  Cathy simply adores Don Loper!

And that's it.  I hope you enjoyed your last week of August and are looking forward to the month ahead.

Have a great day, everybody!

Aug 22, 2014

Swimsuits 2, 3, & 4 (including Michael's Marc Jacobs Floral Print Square Cut)

Readers, in one of those "only could happen to Peter" moments of which I experience so many, I was walking the dogs yesterday when what do I discover discarded at a nearby curb but a pile of clean swimwear knit remnants (above).  I took it as a sign that I am aligned with my purpose.

Aug 21, 2014

Swimsuit #1: Square-Cut Tropical Print (NSFW?)

Let's face it: there's not a lot of tailoring in a mens swimsuit.  It's basically two or three pieces of fabric stitched together with the top folded-over to create a casing for a drawstring.  But it has to fit.  And ideally it's finished in a professional way.  That's my ideal anyway.

Aug 20, 2014

My New Summer Outfit -- Modeled TODAY!

My finished project is live today -- just click here.

A confession: I had the two fabrics above sitting in my stash for a year. 

Aug 19, 2014

Three Days to Whip Up Some Swimsuits

With my latest shirts and linen shorts finished (they debut tomorrow), I still have three days to sew some last-minute holiday togs.

Aug 18, 2014

Working on My Linen Shorts + How I Nearly Burned the House Down

So let me start with the burning the house down part, since it's clearly more newsworthy than a pair of linen shorts.

Aug 17, 2014

My Fair VLOG-y!

Friends, once again it's Sunday VLOG time!

On this week's episode, you'll find out about my sewing week, get a sneak peek at a recently completed sewing project, and hear me sing two of your favorite show tunes -- or somebody's!

Aug 15, 2014

Getting Started on My Wacky Patterned Shirt

I was back at the sewing machine today, but I spent most of my time laying out and cutting my fabric.

Aug 14, 2014

Released from Jury Duty and Issued a Summons -- Oh, Sweet Irony!

To quote Barbra Streisand singing "Sadie, Sadie" in Funny Girl, "Oy, what a day I had today!"

Aug 13, 2014

Working with a Difficult Print

Today I prepped the two fabrics I'll be working with next.  I'm eager to get a head start because...

Aug 12, 2014

Sunday Vlog at Last! (with MPB Day Highlights)

I never did share which patterns I selected from our MPB Day pattern swap.   That's them up top.

Aug 11, 2014

Laura Mae, Why Can't You Stay?

Readers, there are two kinds of house guests: the ones you wish would leave yesterday and the ones you wish could hang around longer.

Aug 10, 2014

MPB Day -- Was it all a dream?

Friends, due to physical and mental exhaustion, I am postoning my Sunday vlog till Tuesday.

Instead, I want to tell you about yesterday's MPB Day!

Aug 8, 2014

Big Curtain REVEAL + Pre-MPB Day Prep!

I'm not one to gossip, readers, but have you heard the latest about that Crystal Allen and Mr. Stephen Haines?  (Yes, that Mr. Stephen Haines!)

Aug 7, 2014

"Serger Go Clunk" or How I Repaired My Brother 1034D

For the past month or so, my serger, a Brother 1034D that I bought refurbished more than four years ago and has been trouble-free from the get-go, started making a very disturbing clunking sound whenever I used it.
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