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 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!