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Jul 30, 2014

Challis Winters? + Garbage Find of the Month!

Friends, just look what I found in my building trash yesterday evening.

It's a large (48" x 36") abstract expressionist painting by the painter Gino Hollander.  If it looks like something that might have hung in a doctor's office or corporate lobby circa 1967, it's because a lot of his work did.  This piece is dated 1962.  You may have noticed that we have almost nothing on the walls aside from the odd spider web.

Hang it or return from whence it came?

In other news, there's new fabric in my life!

Have you ever sewn with wool challis?  I haven't, but I've always admired it, particularly in men's ties and women's scarves.  I bought two yards thinking I'd make a shirt.  The pattern is kind of Haight-Asbury does Art Nouveau, particularly the colors.  Any art majors out there able to describe it more accurately?

I can't decide whether this is something I want to tackle soon or to wait until the fall or winter.  (The fabric is lightweight but might be too scratchy to wear without an undershirt.)  I know I have a few other things in my queue but they may be pushed back (again), alas.

The design is a little out there, but look who chose it.  I think how I cut this is going to make a big difference in how it comes across in the finished garment.

Oh, before I forget: I don't know if this (below) is something to be happy about or not; it makes me a little nervous, frankly.  (And once you get that promotional, people start to expect it.)

I popped in briefly today but didn't buy anything.

Are you a Paron's person?

Have a great day, everybody!

Jul 29, 2014

Linen Pinstripe Drawstring Pants for Michael

Occasionally I buy fabric with a certain project in mind but end up using it for something else entirely.

Jul 27, 2014

Hello, VLOGGY!

Friends, once again I am delighted to present my latest VLOG extravaganza.

Jul 25, 2014

FINAL Williwear Post: Michael Rocks It!

OK, so Michael insisted he get to model McCalls 8536, the vintage Eighties Willwear top.  Or somebody insisted...

Jul 24, 2014

Meet Mary Porter!

Friends, I am delighted to introduce my new colleague here at MPB, veteran sewing instructress Mary Porter!

Jul 23, 2014

In Praise of the One-Day Sewing Project -- McCall's 8536

Remember this vintage McCall's Williwear pattern from 1983?  Well today I made the top.  (You know this is basically a unisex pattern when a men's shirt is referred to in the instructions as a top.)

Jul 22, 2014

READER QUESTION: "How practical are white pants?"

On occasion an MPB reader will ask me for fashion or sewing advice.   It's flattering!

Jul 21, 2014

Kenmore Feed Dog FAIL -- What am I doing wrong? (With UPDATES)

Friends, if you watched yesterday's vlog, you know I've been doing some long-delayed maintenance on my beloved Kenmore 158.141, my go-to vintage zigzagger.

Jul 20, 2014

Sunday VLOG -- Sultry Summer Edition!

Readers, it's VLOG time again.  Mitzi's ready for her big number and so am I!

Jul 19, 2014

Coffee Table Fashion Books (in the age of Pinterest) -- YEA or NAY?

I used to own this exact same coffee table.  I ended up selling it when I got tired of telling people not to put their drinks down on it without a coaster -- a real drag.

Jul 18, 2014

Gearing Up for The Next Big Thing

Friends, I played hookey yesterday: I went to the beach at Fire Island with my friend Nora.

Jul 16, 2014

So You Want to Sew a Men's Suit -- Some Helpful Resources

I'll admit it: I find a men's suit to be one of the most challenging sewing projects to take on.

Jul 15, 2014

Modeling My Navy Blue Suit at Mood!

Friends, as promised, my suit -- the first I've completed that wasn't made out of a vintage bedsheet, btw -- is live and ready for your inspection on the Mood Sewing Network.  Just click here.

Jul 13, 2014

Invasion of the Killer VLOG!

It's out there in the night.  It's coming closer and closer...

Jul 11, 2014

NAME THAT PATTERN: Matchy-matchy Semi-Finals!

Readers, the last season of MPB's exclusive pattern-naming game, NAME THAT PATTERN, proved that there exist among you some very talented players who are ready to step it up a level.
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