Readers, this Twenties dress -- which seems to have been so long in the making I was in my Twenties when I started -- is nearly done. The sleeves went on without much trouble and the belt was easy to make, though still needs tweaking. Need to hem, too.
The color of my McCall's Twenties dress is not frappe di fragola, strawberry parfait, Slightly Spam, or whatever I'd been calling it up to now. It is the color of that most thirst-quenching of summer fruits, watermelon.
Good morning, sewers from all my favorite continents!
We have a very special guest at MPB this morning -- Miss Ethel Merman! Ethel's a big fan of Male Pattern Boldness and I told her she could come and watch this morning as long as she didn't break anything.
That's the beauty of drafting: you're using your own body's measurements, so provided you can handle a little math and draw a straight and curved line (and there are a zillion aids to help you), things are going to fit. You don't have to waste time with endless pattern adjustments?
Good morning, friends! (And to my beloved Kiwis, why are you still up? Lights out!)
As you can see from the photo above, I've been pattern drafting again -- this time a top -- and if you're wondering where you've seen that outfit before, I believe Ann-Margret wore it in "The Pleasure Seekers." Or was it Carol Lynley?
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Good morning, sewists and welcome once again to my north-facing living room wall.
I don't know about the weather where you are but it is HOT in NYC. And humid. That said, it was breezy enough at 6:15 a.m. for me to wear my new self-drafted gray pants when I walked the dogs, and while they didn't exactly stop traffic, I didn't hear snorting under one's breath either.
My first self-drafted pants -- well, culottes, but still. I made these yesterday from an obnoxious Ralph Lauren "preppy teddy bear" print flat sheet that I was thrilled to take a rotary cutter to. On the plus side it was a soft, densely woven cotton that was easy to work with. And I installed my first invisible zipper without the aid of Collins Wonder Tape, just pins. No sticky gunk.
OK, enough parlez-vous for one day. Readers, I need your help.
We're taking a mid-week beach vacation next month to the glamorous Fire Island Pines and we're bringing my cousin along with us. Trouble is, Cathy claims she has nothing to wear. You can guess what that means.
I've noticed that most people's style tends in one of two directions: naughty or -- you guessed it -- nice. I'm talking about people's personal style here, not their personalities. You may be a serial killer for all I know; that would be naughty indeed but not relevant to the topic at hand.
I generally do not wear RTW skirts at home -- or anywhere else for that matter -- but I did think this little Salvation Army vintage denim number had some cute pocket and waistband details I wanted to share. Half Carol Brady, half Braveheart.
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!
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!