Friends, no matter what I'm sewing -- or for whom -- I try to learn something. Cathy's 1940's midriff outfit was no different. While the pattern, which dates from 1947, wasn't complicated, my version did present a few challenges.
Friends, this is the week that, two years ago, I bought my very first sewing machine. Those of you who've been with me since the beginning know the story; those who don't will find a brief synopsis here. It's an anniversary I like to acknowledge, taking a moment to reflect on where I've been before moving on.
Friends, I love my little Brother 1034D serger, which I've owned for nearly a year and a half. It has performed flawlessly, cleanly finishing my seam allowances whether they be chiffon or denim. But I'll let you in on a secret: these machines scare me. I am a serger-phobe.
Readers, I was this close to buying a vintage Singer 401A sewing machine at the flea market yesterday. The dealer was asking $80, but I'm pretty certain he'd have taken less. It came complete with a box of slant attachments and a very nice carrying case, and it looked like such fun.
It's been a while since I've written about Twenties style. Quite frankly, I'm worried about it. I have always maintained that once a style has been relegated to Halloween costume status, it's gravely endangered.
Readers, I am sad to report that the MPB Jeans Sew-Along Express has arrived at its destination. It's been a great ride, but it's time to deboard (which is a real word, believe it or not) so I can clean the bathrooms.
Friends, contrary to popular opinion, I am just a person. Like you, I have my highs and my lows, my successes and my failures. In the latter camp must go jeans rivets. Try as I might I simply cannot manage to attach them correctly. I can poke the hole in the fabric all right, it's everything else.
Friends, we're off to a late start today, as Blogger has been down all morning. Yesterday's Jeans Sew-Along button fly post was MIA for a while there, but is back. (The comments were lost, unfortunately.)
I'm nearly finished with Michael's button fly jeans and we're both very happy with them. More pics this weekend.
Not much to report today, friends. I made decent progress on Michael's jeans yesterday, but let's face it: the second pair of white jeans is never quite as exciting as the first. The button fly should provide some drama, however, and I expect to be reporting on that tomorrow.
Good morning, Sew-Alongers and Sew-Along bench-sitters! I don't think I told you yet, but I'll be sewing two pairs of jeans in our Jeans Sew-Along: white denim jeans with a zipper fly and dark blue denim jeans with a button fly.
Welcome to the first day of the MPB Jeans Sew-Along!
For the next few weeks we're going to be making jeans together. Whether you're a veteran or are sewing jeans for the first time, you're going to have fun and, I hope, learn something new about jeans and jeans construction.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 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!