Friends, I never know what to make of Australians. They look like you and me -- well, OK, they're sexier -- and I can usually understand what they're saying, but they seem to exist in a parallel universe. It has something to do with being on the wrong side of the planet I think. They're....different.
Friends, yesterday MPB reader Eli commented on the similarity between dress pattern Butterick 8975 and something Julie Andrews might have worn in The Sound of Music.
Which got me thinking: why do so many of the costumes from this beloved 1965 film (Costumes by Dorothy Jeakins) look like they were torn out of a mid-Sixties Simplicity pattern book, as opposed to accurately representing the styles of late-Thirties Austria, or the decidedly unglamorous Von Trapp singers themselves?
Good morning, friends! First, let me assure you that the view from the wrong side of 49 is much the same as the right side, just blurrier and shorter. But the less said about that the better. We have decisions to make.
Good morning, friends! I'm back and feeling rested, thanks no doubt to the subliminal messages I received from Joey Heatherton's Serta mattress commercial yesterday. I may be sleeping on a Serta myself for all I know; I should look.
Today is all about reflection and re-centering. I hope you'll indulge me and perhaps join me.
Friends, the dogs are pooped and so am I. But there's no rest for the weary. With just 36 hours to go before Cathy debuts her new cocktail dress at what we all hope will be a glamorous New York party and not just a bunch of actors drinking heavily, I need to finish this project.
Friends, a personal question: What do you wear in the privacy of your own home and does it look anything like an evening gown? Once upon a time -- in the living memory of some of you, I know -- women and men dressed up...just to hang around the house!
Readers, I always welcome the opportunity to take a break from actual sewing...to talk about sewing. I find myself in a contemplative mood today and thought I'd reflect a bit on what sewing has given me, and perhaps you too.
Here, then, are my 8 Benefits of Making It Yourself:
Some men look better in jewelry than others. Don't you agree?
I want to preface this post by saying we are not discussing whether men should beallowed to wear jewelry. Of course they should! I want to get your opinions on how it looks, and share mine as well. So let's get started.
Readers, I am a man of strong passions. Not typical passions, perhaps, but strong passions. And sometimes fleeting passions: remember the identical cream-colored Samsonite train cases and (still) stinky vintage American Tourister luggage set?
Friends, those of you who have ever had to begin again after a setback know that it's rarely easy. Now that Cathy has paid her debt to society she's back in New York City and trying to create a life for herself.
What does the future hold for our youngish model? At the very least a growing wardrobe of cocktail ensembles -- a big plus for a Gotham glamour girl.
Friends, believe it or not, my cousin Cathy and I are very different. Or we used to be. Even when we were kids, Cathy couldn't have cared less what other people thought about her. I, on the other hand, was always highly sensitive to what others thought of me -- or what I thought they thought -- and I let this influence choices I made for many, many (many) years.
Readers, as you can see, the little matching bolero jacket for Simplicity 4227 is shaping up nicely. It still needs sleeves and a good pressing, but the facings are in and you can get a sense of where this is going. I wasn't able to get much done yesterday.
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!