Jan 24, 2012
Readers, I was stunned -- stunned -- to discover how many MPB readers are simply nuts about pie!
And speaking of pie, many of you are probably wondering what kind of pie I like. I'll be brief(ish): While I enjoy a savory shepherd's pie from time to time (I am fortunate to live near the extraordinary Myers of Keswick grocery store, which offers a vast selection of fresh, savory English pies daily), pie to me remains primarily a sweet dessert.
A homemade pie made with fresh ingredients is almost always a pleasure to eat. I loathe artificial sugar substitutes and prefer my pie served alone rather than laden with whipped cream, swimming in melted ice cream or dripping with molten cheddar cheese. A lemon meringue pie, not too sweet, is a marvelous thing, especially if the meringue is mile high and slightly toasted on top.
I love cherry pie, especially with sour cherries, but I find this kind of pie is often made with inferior canned cherries and has a soggy crust. Whole Foods makes a decent cherry pie, not to-die-for but not bad for store bought. Nothing beats a delicious slice of fresh apple pie, but I've found that apple pies often have thick, leaden crusts, and the apple filling is not sufficiently baked (I don't want applesauce, but I like my apple pie juicy), or there is too much cinnamon. Less is more. Same goes with sugar -- not too sweet, please. While I do like pecan pie, it's usually too sweet, or too full of Karo syrup and not enough pecans.
Finally, in autumn, nothing is more delicious to me than pumpkin or squash pie. I prefer mine light, not too sweet, and slightly chilled.
My goodness, what a pie snob I've become! Come to think of it, I prefer cake. Let's move on. You have till midnight EST tonight to throw your hat in the ring for the Vintage Vogue pattern I'm giving away, and you don't have to mention pie at all.
Today, I finally documented my men's pattern stash! Readers, I own roughly one hundred men's patterns (every time I count I come up with a slightly different number). Scary.
Here's a bit of pattern shopping advice: never buy a "lot" on eBay. You will always end up with many more patterns than you want and/or need. (There's a reason why they call it a lot. Maybe they should call it too much.) I made this mistake just once and ended up with a boxful of roughly thirty patterns, half of which were the wrong size and should be given away -- but to whom?
Men's patterns are, of course, much less varied than women's patterns and frankly, less fun. I've used a pretty wide variety considering how similar my finished projects ended up looking. I don't think anyone needs more than one pajama pattern, for example, provided it includes a nightshirt. There are slight differences in men's patterns: princess seams on a shirt, unusual pocket placement, epaulets, bell bottoms instead of straight leg, Western style shirt yokes, etc., but it's still mostly pants and shirts.
I've created a Picasa file of my men's patterns as I did for my women's patterns, and have included shots of my completed projects immediately after the pattern used. In some cases, you'll see more than one project if I used a particular pattern multiple times. I won't say this is everything I've sewn for me and Michael, but almost. It's a biggish file so you might want to save it for after dinner, perhaps accompanied by pie!
As always, you can view these pics full size by clicking on any one, which will take you directly to Picasa, where you can scroll through at your own pace or watch it as a slide show.
I love having an archive I can access easily, and I'll be adding to it as I continue to sew.
I'll bet many of you have at least a few of these patterns, am I right? As you can see, I have all the Seventies patterns anyone could possibly want, in a wide variety of sizes just in case I puff up in the next few decades. I think as far as men's patterns are concerned, I am done.
Question: Why would anyone bother to sew a man's tie? Good gracious, the thrift stores can hardly give them away. Am I missing something?
Have a great day everybody!