Friends, thank you so much for your amusing and candid responses to yesterday's post about things you'll skimp on and things you won't. I know more about you than I probably should (and vice versa), but what are blogs for if not unburdening ourselves to strangers and who doesn't like to talk about shopping? It's a like a cross-country bus trip, but with better conversation and cleaner bathrooms.
Today I am committed to returning to sewing. As you can see up top, my Featherweight is threaded, I've inserted a brand new #9 needle, and I'm all set to get started on my summer shirt, made with a lightweight, somewhat sheer lavender cotton (lawn?). I haven't sewn much in the last few weeks and I'm eager to begin.
I've also rethreaded my Brother 1034D serger with light-colored thread; not sure I'll serge anything on this shirt but just in case...
Exciting news: Claire Schaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide arrived the other day and it is an amazing resource -- so much more than I'd expected. I'll certainly be writing more about it later on, but for less than $7 with shipping, it's a tremendous bargain. Apropos of areas where we like to skimp, buying an older edition of a sewing book is usually a great idea. Who cares if the photos are all from the Hatey Eighties? In a few years, it's all going to look super cool again, trust me.
I wasn't expecting this book to be quite this large and heavy -- we're in doorstop territory. I would love to spend a week alone with it with no distractions, and I may have my opportunity soon as my mother is being released from rehab early next week and I'll probably be spending the week with her. I was thinking of bringing sewing supplies up -- and still am -- but I don't think I'm going to follow through; too much stuff.
Finally, readers, I watched another old (if you consider the Eighties old; I don't) movie, Pretty in Pink. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was disappointed by what was essentially an ABC Afterschool Special about a poor high school girl falling for a rich high school boy; the same tired Cinderella story we've seen a million times. Why is it that the girl is always poor and the boy is always rich and never the other way around?
And when did actors stop studying diction? Big-screen mumbling is a pet peeve of mine.
There are a few cute performances and the period outfits are fun, but I think I'll skip Sixteen Candles. Next on deck: Sex and the Single Girl, which I have a sinking feeling I'm going to hate. The one essential ingredient of a Doris Day Sixties sex comedy is Doris Day. As much as I like Natalie Wood...
Readers, that's all for today. I am going to sew and I will report on my progress tomorrow. I hope you're sewing or saving or something fun.
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!