Sunday is a favorite catch-up day for many of us, when we finally make time to perform long-neglected chores. At Male Pattern Boldness, we're no different. In the whirlwind of sewing, styling, and glamorous fashion shoots, some loose ends inevitably get left untied, and sadly, you, dear reader, are left hanging. It's time to do some housecleaning!
My salvaged Singer, above, for example. It's still collecting dust on my living room floor, sadly. Perhaps it's time to kick this one to the curb -- literally.
Last week, I talked about picking up some RTW skirts from the Salvation Army to examine how their zippers were attached and waistlines finished, since I've been drafting some skirts myself. I did just that:
It's amazing how much can be learned by examining RTW garments. I was impressed with how professionally finished these skirts are and how clean they look in areas like the top of the zipper and the hem. It's easier for me to look at a real garment than to refer to a book or to pattern instructions.
Next, I know I've talked about a few projects that, for one reason or another, never quite got off the ground. Rest assured, though I've shifted my focus at times, I haven't forgotten these:
There are others, too, perhaps a personal favorite of yours. Rest assured that eventually they will get made. But sometimes my enthusiasms get the better of me and I simply must make myself a pair of these. I get side-tracked.
Speaking of you-know-what pants, you'll be happy to know I did not wear them to my high school reunion or rather, the high school reunion I attended last night, which wasn't my own. I looked like a normal man in a gray linen suit, shirt and tie and I don't think anyone suspected otherwise. I had a wonderful time, btw.
I highly recommend attending other people's high school reunions as a dry run for your own. All reunions are the same whether you know the people or not and you can test your self presentation and best material among strangers. I think mine will be in the fall and after last night, I feel confident I'll be at my best.
If there are any other loose ends I haven't covered today, please ask. Cathy is hard at work shooting an ad campaign for a very famous fashion warehouse chain you've all heard of. I hope she'll be back in New York for another fashion shoot soon.
Finally, I am still unable to announce the winner of the Ugliest Pattern Ever contest as the pattern has yet to arrive for reasons I'd rather not go into. When it does, we'll roll that baby out...or burn it.
Today I'll leave you with this (indelible) image: the strangest fashion juxtaposition since Captain Kirk went back to prohibition-era Chicago. Weird, right?
Happy sewing, friends, and see you bright and early on the morrow!
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!