Thank you all so muchfor 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.)
Cousin Cathy here and I've no time for niceties. Let's get started.
What a day I had yesterday! Feeling somewhat defeated after Monday's underwear power struggle, I was determined that Tuesday I would put my foot down. You don't ask a New York model to create your new look and then quibble over a pair of holey Hanes.
Cousin Peter has told me so much about you and I am tickled to death to get to speak to you directly.
Frankly, isn't it more fun to share some girl talk for a change? What's that? There are boys here too? Prove it!
Yesterday I started Peter's makeover. What a challenge I have before me! Peter may be a quick study when it comes to sewing, but as far as assembling a wardrobe... Well, let's just say my cousin isn't quite the prodigy you might think. It's no wonder he's never had a look.
You know what Mondays mean at MPB --We're going for the goals!
Before we start, how did you do with the goals you set last week? Did you accomplish what you'd set out to?
Like I've said before, it's better to set a more realistic goal and actually achieve it than to be overly ambitious and feel disappointed when (if) it doesn't come together. There's something motivating about finishing what you've planned -- and something discouraging about not. And this applies to everything, not just sewing.
I made this jumpsuit from Butterick 5629, a vintage pattern from the Sixties sent to me by one of my readers, Paulette. As soon as I saw it, I knew we were meant for each other (the jumpsuit, not Paulette). I used a stretchy cotton twill I'd bought last fall with the intention of making a trenchcoat, but never got around to making it.
Let me come out now and acknowledge the obvious: my readership is primarily female.
There are a few men out there, sure, their dirty noses pressed up against the window, trying to find an entree into this strange emporium of sewing and satire, drag and dolls that is Male Pattern Boldness.
I am proud that in my own small way, I can try -- with your assistance of course -- to challenge some of the gender stereotypes that oppress us all. Yet just as I'm congratulating myself for subverting old cliches, an experience like this one quite literally knocks me off balance:
Since I was basically snowed in yesterday with two hyperactive chihuahuas, I threw myself into my Forties boxers project whole hog. They sewed up without a hitch -- ok, with a hitch, well, two, but nothing insurmountable.
Let me start off by saying that when it comes to underwear, I'm pretty ecumenical. I mean, I'll wear whatever...Jockeys, Hanes, Calvins, Gap, thrift store hand-me-downs. My only two requirements are that it be 1) cheap; and 2) comfortable.
While Ginger is best remembered as Fred Astaire's dancing partner, she was a tremendously popular dramatic and light comedic actress in the late Thirties and early Forties, winning an Academy Award in 1940 for "Kitty Foyle."
I've read a few articles lately about guys who sew. Or rather, guys who DON'T sew. Gertie explored this topic on her blog last October, and it generated a huge number of comments. Someone even mentioned me by name, as an example of a guy who sews and sews well.
Why don't more guys sew?
Having grown up -- and still being -- male in the United States, it doesn't surprise me in the least that most men would never even consider sewing.
Here are some of the reasons, in no particular order.
I know, I know, I just wrote below that I hate having a stash. But I had an hour to kill this morning so I hopped over to the ne-plus-ultra of fabric store dives, H&M, this one on 35th between 7th & 8th (there's another on 39th St). Here's what I bought:
As usual, $2 a yard -- my limit these days, but you'd be surprised at what's out there at that price.
This one's a cotton knit for my Mom's robe. I love that Good & Plenty palate. Hope Mom doesn't mind that the stripes go horizontal! Actually, I may play with that a bit and create some diamond shapes with the pattern, if I can. (I saw an Adrian suit at the latest FIT show that gave me the idea.)
FEB 4 UPDATE : Mom doesn't like it (grrr.....).
The other fabric I bought is a very lightweight cotton plaid I'll use to make a shirt for Michael. He really deserves it after playing photographer for all those Cathy shoots (not to mention living in the eye of a constant sewing storm).
You'll be seeing more of these down the line for sure. Maybe even this week so stay tuned!
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!