Readers, so much to cover today, some of it good, some of it not-so-good. Why dawdle? Here goes:
This has been a banner month for Male Pattern Boldness. We have never received so many visitors, so many pageviews, or so many (wonderful) comments. MPB Daywas a hit and Cathy's strapless 50's cocktail dress a Glamour 'DO." One for the record books!
Today will be my last post till Sunday, August 28; we're going on vacation. I should have mentioned it sooner but I just didn't know how to broach the topic -- you get so emotional about my absences. But one must recharge one's batteries and I'm still running on coal.
Michael's cabaret show -- featuring Yours Truly -- debuts in late October and is coming along well. (That's a promo shot up top.)
I still haven't succeeded in convincing him to flesh out my role and add another song. I know my public wants to hear me sing "If He Walked Into My Life" and I feel it my duty to satisfy them. Michael does read this blog, however, so any comment of support would be greatly appreciated. A simple, "Give him another song!" should do the trick. If it doesn't, we can start a letter-writing campaign come September.
On Tuesday, "Aunt Hilda' ran out of fashion fabric. Friends, this has never happened to me before. I almost never sew with 44" bolts, and I just assumed four yards would do it. I made a frantic call to the powers that be and was overnighted an additional four yards of fabric. "Aunt Hilda" is out of Intensive Care -- Whew!
I made The Big Purchase! It's a refurbished 21.5" iMac with a terabyte of storage.
When I ordered it from the Apple Store, I assumed that shipping would take, tops, four days, as every other thing I've ever ordered from them has. Instead, it's taking a full week and will arrive while I am on vacation, which means making special arrangements with UPS, the neighbors, etc. A bit of a headache and if I'd known it was going to take so long, I'd have delayed ordering until my return.
My reserved copy of "Valentino: The Last Emperor" arrived at the library yesterday!
Are all creative geniuses high maintenance, over-indulged princes?
I found this film to be a bit of a bore and rather downbeat, and I hated that they used Nino Rota's classic Fellini film scores as background music; I know them too well and found it distracting. On the upside, I learned that haute couture models never wear bras. And that Valentino never used a sewing machine in his work -- everything was sewn by hand. Amazing.
Friends, that's it. I have every confidence that you'll take full advantage of my absence. I know you all have plenty of sewing to do, and when that's done, well...have you wiped down your kitchen cabinets lately? And how about thinning that fabric stash a little?
I hope you have a wonderful week and I look forward to returning to you the weekend after next.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!