Friends, I have to be honest. As much as I enjoy the occasional break from my normal routine, I'm not a vacation person. It's not that I don't appreciate a change of scenery, I do. But generally, after a day or two of fun in the sun, I am ready to get back to my strapless cocktail dress project or whatever I'm working on at the moment.
Apropos of cocktail dresses, I recently received a somewhat troubling email from a male-identified reader, who basically accused me of false advertising in my tag line, "The world's most popular men's sewing blog." He has unsubscribed, "primarily because [MPB] is really about making women's clothing with very few exceptions." He says he loves my enthusiasm and my "delightful writing style," but apparently that is not enough to keep him.
Readers with or without penises, I cannot deny that I sew women's clothes, but since I am myself a man, I consider everything I sew to be men's sewing. Perhaps some will see this differently. Regardless, having dedicated all of February to men's shirts, as well as many weeks to jeans, men's pajamas, toggle coats, etc. (not to mention Guy Week), all within the last six or seven months, I feel I'm giving my XY chromosomed readers their money's worth.
(I do offer a full refund within six months and if this person had read the fine print before commiting himself, he might be awaiting a rather large check. Oh, well.)
On a somewhat related note, in a moment of perverse curiosity, I happened to Google "World's LEAST popular men's sewing blog" and I was shocked at the result!
It was very relaxing and mercifully brief. I do enjoy the beach but I am not a beach person. I don't like to get too much sun and while I enjoy swimming in the ocean, the whole experience is a bit of an ordeal, what with the sand, the sunblock, the shells, the salt, the surf, and the occasional man-eating shark. Fortunately, there were no jellyfish.
Fire Island, a barrier island off the coast of Long Island, is very lovely, but there is nothing to do there, not even a Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum. That said, I'm glad I went and Michael and the dogs were in their element. But me, I'm happy to be back in the sweat shop.
I am sincerely hoping to finish the strapless cocktail dress in the next few days and then, hopefully, move on to something more masculine.
Anyway, enough about me. What have you been up to since we last communicated and where can I read about it? Unlike many other bloggers, I love it when my readers link to their blogs in their comments and only wish the invitations came with coffee and cookies.
In closing, friends, I ask you: if you have a blog, do you ever find yourself sewing things specifically for the blog, or do you just sew what you want to sew and blog about it, readers-be-darned?
Should I sew more men's clothes? Do you think there's more interest in sequined jockstraps or animal print thongs?
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!