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May 20, 2010

A Day of Healing

Friends, before we begin I'd like to ask if anyone has any feelings left over from yesterday.

Male Pattern Boldness experienced an unfortunate assault in the comments section on Wednesday, May 19, that may have left some readers feeling scared, angry, or confused.  Let me assure you that I am safe, you are safe, and it will always be my priority to keep MPB a secure, welcoming space for all.

Sadly, the Internet has allowed a few marginal, admittedly articulate people to have a public voice disproportionate to their number.  They invent fantasy personas complete with handsome fiances, jet-setting lifestyles, and world-class fabric shopping excursions.  Rest assured these loners are more likely sitting at home in their pajamas eating Honeycombs straight from the box and listening to Death Metal.

They rant, but they can do us no harm.  But they need us to believe they are Very Important People.  So I say, why burst their bubble?  You are amazing -- and SOOOOOOOO Selfish!

And now let's get on with business, shall we?  You'll be happy to know that my physical healing continues apace. 

The human body really is a miraculous thing and that's no joke.

And what of the dress, the dress (whose name henceforth I shall abbreviate to TED; I think you know why).  Look!

Not bad, huh?

I ended up making those front gathers twice, as my first stab ended up a few inches too high given Cathy's long waist.  I have some work yet to do in the neckline area before adding sleeves, stitching front to back, hemming, etc.  But you get the general idea.

I haven't yet decided how best to respond to the gift-pattern reciprocation dilemma.  I do like the idea of "pay it forward" and I may post a pattern giveaway in the days ahead.  That said, I do have a Y-front men's underwear pattern I think would be perfect for you-know-who's you-know-what and maybe she'd post some photos of him in them.

Friends, that's it.  It's all about TED today.  Having run out of my favorite fair-trade Guatemalan beans I have switched to a pre-packaged French Roast from Whole Foods and, needless to say, it's not as delicious.  But it will have to suffice. 

How do you start your morning, loyal followers?

Can't get this out of my head:


  1. I glad to hear you are on the mend. Enjoy reading your blog every morning with my cup of coffee. Wow! Abba! Were those costumes just amazing!? Or were those just their street clothes? We chatted about your blog in our Tailor Class the other night. You are hit here on the West coast. Also a gread read - thank you. Thank you!

  2. Well, The Man here at work won't let me see whatever video it is you posted. Suffice it to say, it's probably just as well since I'd most certainly get that song stuck in my head for DAYS just as "I Want a Full-Time Job" was! Thank you sooo much.

    I LOVE the dress! No doubt vintage pattern distributors worldwide have experienced a flood of requests for it. >sigh<

  3. ABBA ~ I played that LP till the grooves came thru the other side. I never asked her but my mother probably ground her teeth to nubs trying to ignore it.

    Peter, I've got that same pattern and it sounds like it was fairly popular! However, looking at the dress on the form confirms it would look very wrong on me. Out of the pipeline for that one....

    Miss Selfish is overdosing on dopamine and you could send almost anything and get away with.

  4. If truth be told, I woke up the other morning singing, "I Want a Full Time Job"...that video of you brings joy and happiness to me each time I watch it. I can't get enough of a matter of fact I think I need to go watch it now.

    The dress looks like it is coming out divinely. I think it is going to look smashing on Cathy.

  5. I like to start my morning with a cup of Sumatra or Peru dark, heavy on the heavenly half& half,and a quick peruse of the new vintage patterns listed on ebay! Here is a site (new to me) for vintage patterns- a nice selection,but all the ones I want are a bit out of my price range....
    Now, I enjoy a good, sarcastic rant as much as anyone, but...I am not sure I understand what is going on with your selfish counterpart. Am I taking this all a bit too seriously? I didn't like her shouting about; maybe I just am not in on the joke...anyway, I am glad you are on the mend, and back to sewing! My kitchen curtain dress is coming along nicely too, and I hope I will be able to post pictures of it next week, on my Burda page. In the meantime, Happy Birthday to Cher! The gal who made me want to sew my little fingers to the bone adhering copius amounts of bling to everything I make! Cheers!

  6. Totally OT, but I think Willy has the biggest ears proportionately that I've EVER seen on a dog. He is just so darn cute.

  7. I am trying (and not really succeeding) to eliminating caffeine from my diet. So in the morning I either drink a cup of herbal tea or I throw a bunch of greens and some fruit in a blender and call it an energy drink. The brown sludge that normally results is not really what one things of as an energy drink, but it is tasty once you get past its appearance.

  8. Well done on the Abba Song! Clever man.
    TED dress looks good. I think it will be a hit.
    I like the idea of the Y front pattern. She is bound to owe him something after her jet-setting trip when she comes home with more fabric for her stash and no presents for him!
    Alternatively YOU could make something for Dan - that would really get her back up

  9. "Alternatively YOU could make something for Dan"

    Oooooh!! I like the evilness of that very much. Yes, Peter, do it, do it!!

  10. I always start my mornings with a delicious cup of green tea.

  11. Beautiful dress! And sounds like someone has just been bestowed with a theme song!

  12. There's this great organization called Crop to Cup and they sell delish fair trade shade grown coffee. You can get it at retail establishments or directly from them. But I don't drink coffee, I just get it for the Blokey.
    I must say, the MPB v. SS smackdown is just so juicy and entertaining. I must be from Jersey or something.


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