Mar 31, 2010
Mar 30, 2010
As I mentioned yesterday, I spent Sunday afternoon with my Queens-dwelling doppelganger, the notorious Johanna. Johanna will spend hours digging in the most claustrophobic, packed-to-the-gills fabric stores, and come out buying...bias tape. I'm not kidding. I think she is, like me, primarily a vicarious shopper (and much less blurry in real life, btw).
Mar 29, 2010
"There's a bright golden haze on the skyline, there's a bright golden haze on the skyline..."
Happy Monday, everybody! Hope you've had your morning coffee and are feeling chipper and cubicle-ready.
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Mar 21, 2010
We couldn't have wished for a more glorious first day of Spring.
It was the perfect occasion for my cousin Cathy, still a little jet-lagged from her Paris-New York flight, to model my latest creation, McCall's 9037, the Joan Collins wrap dress.
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THE FOLLOWING ENTRY MAY BE INAPPROPRIATE
FOR SOME READERS
THOSE HIGHLY SENSITIVE TO THE PHYSICAL CHANGES WROUGHT BY PUBERTY THROUGH ADULTHOOD -- UP TO AND INCLUDING MIDDLE AGE* -- SHOULD CONSULT THEIR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN BEFORE READING FURTHER.
*INCLUDING RECEDING HAIRLINE, LOSS OF SKIN ELASTICITY, AND GUM RECESSION
Labels: my life
Mar 11, 2010
To go by current men's sewing patterns, you'd think most guys never left the house. Based simply on the number of patterns out there, men wear bathrobes, pajamas, vests and, on holidays, a cumberbund.
Where could you go in an outfit like that, besides 7-Eleven?
Mar 10, 2010
As someone interested in learning more about myself and what makes me tick, I'm always looking for new sources of insight that don't cost $175 per hour.
My bookshelves are crammed with titles like Who Are You, Really?, The New Personality Self-Portrait, and the rather academic Your Beautyscope.
Mar 9, 2010
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Mar 5, 2010
I wanted to share this special moment with you, dear readers. So I now present my first-ever Male Pattern Boldness video!
Sit back, relax, and join me for an exciting adventure you won't forget, as I unpack and examine for the first time ever my new Singer 15-91 sewing machine!
Pretty cool, huh?
Mar 4, 2010
Not being a parent, I can only imagine what it must be like to await the arrival of a child, an event long anticipated, something you've hoped and dreamed about. It's unforgettable.
But readers, could it possibly be as exciting as hearing the doorbell ring, opening the door and having the UPS man drop off a vintage sewing machine?
Mar 3, 2010
My shirt is done!
Let me say that terrycloth is a bitch to work with, pardon my French. It combines all the worst qualities a fabric can have: it's thick, it stretches, and it's pillowy. You can't iron it much either. Need to rip a seam out? Fuggitaboutit! Actually, I exaggerate: I was able to open a few wonky seams, but invariably ripped out some loops as well which then required terrycloth re-landscaping to fix the damage.
Mar 2, 2010
And he should arrive next week via UPS -- the Singer 15-91 I won on eBay Monday afternoon.
I know, I know, I already have eight sewing machines (I don't include the sergers). But my friend Johanna has ten and she seems like a normal person with a life. Plus, if I want to become a sewing celebrity, don't I have to invest in my craft? With shipping, it was just shy of $80 which isn't bad for a 15-91. Am I tacky to tell you what it cost? We're practically family, right?
Mar 1, 2010
Greetings from me and Bob!
Monday morning and there's so much planning to be done. I don't know about you, but I haven't quite recovered yet from last week's excitement: the makeovers, the contests, the snow! Frankly, it's hard for me to keep up with my cousin Cathy; she has seemingly limitless energy and can stay up all night and still style a fashion shoot in the morning. Very different from me.