Thank you all so much for the support and kindness you showed to my cousin Cathy last week, folks.
She wasn't sure she'd be embraced by my readers and we were both delighted to discover that with each passing day, readership actually increased. (Unfortunately she's now obsessed with Google Analytics.)
If Cathy weren't so busy building her modeling career I think she'd start a blog of her own, but in the meantime she's happy to be a celebrity guest at MPB. Today she's reviewing entries for Cousin Cathy's Makeover Challenge and we should have results on Sunday so stay tuned.
When I wasn't trying on new outfits or being styled for our photo shoots, I did a little sewing. Do you like the V-neck tee I'm wearing above? I just finished it.
It's from McCall's 3438, a wonderful vintage mens underwear pattern from 1972. This pattern comes up frequently on eBay and Etsy and I highly recommend it. It's one of the few patterns I've found -- vintage or otherwise -- for Y-front mens briefs (Style "B").
I bought this pattern last summer but never took the time to try it, partially due to a fear of knits and partially to not having a serger. Thankfully, I have conquered my fears while also discovering that my simple straight stitch Singer Spartan does a lovely job on knits without any need for special needles, thread, or techniques (like stretching while I stitch). No serger necessary.
This little black Singer --which can be had for a song on eBay -- is a jewel, and mechanically identical to the 99K (just no lamp). It's a 3/4-size machine, like the Featherweight, so it's cute and takes up very little room. It's my go-to machine for almost everything, especially topstitching.
I made the tee shirt out of the stretch cotton knit I'd bought on my Pattern Review shopping excursion two Mondays ago. The neckband is a little stretched out due to excessive handling (mainly starching and pressing) but after a washing and drying should shrink back to normal. The neckband is made from the same fabric as the shirt. It's super-comfy and light. I'm eager to have another go at this pattern with similar weight knits.
Luckily, this rose pink fits into my new palette -- otherwise there'd be hell to pay with you know who.
Little Willy fits into my new palette as well, fortunately, and seems to be as fond of my new tee shirt as I am!
Whether you're digging yourself out of two feet of snow or sunning yourself on the beach in Miami (grr....) have a great day everybody and Happy Sewing!
Fresh from the dryer and looking much better -- the tee shirt, I mean.