May 31, 2011
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.
Labels: 40s glamour
May 30, 2011
Friends, on this Memorial Day, I am thrilled to be featuring Cathy's latest photo shoot, which combines a 1940's midriff ensemble and our men in uniform.
May 29, 2011
May 28, 2011
Friends, as I've said in the past, when it comes to $20 sewing machines, I have no resistence. Anything over that and I get very picky -- and rational. But quote me $20 and I'm hauling that baby home.
May 27, 2011
May 26, 2011
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.
Labels: my life
May 25, 2011
May 24, 2011
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.
May 23, 2011
Good morning, sewing machine hoarders and others!
Let's not even talk about the Singer 401A from yesterday's post. No doubt it is rusting in the back of a truck somewhere, but at least it's not collecting dust in my apartment. End of story.
May 22, 2011
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.
May 21, 2011
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May 17, 2011
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.
May 16, 2011
May 15, 2011
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.
May 14, 2011
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.
May 13, 2011
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.
May 11, 2011
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.
May 10, 2011
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May 4, 2011
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.
May 3, 2011
May 2, 2011
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.