First, friends, we have our winner of V2787, the glamorous 1948 Vogue repro pattern! She's a lover of savory vegetable pot pie made with barley and red lentils who uses butter in her pastry, put your hands together for SONDRA!
Sondra, please shoot me an email (peterlappinnyc at gmail dot com) and I'll get your pattern off to you ASAP. Congratulations!
Meanwhile, readers, you may be wondering what else has been going on in my life. I've been a little distracted preparing for our upcoming show this Friday and Saturday, so I haven't been doing any sewing to speak of, and yes, I know it's been nearly a month now. One must recharge one's batteries, though, and I think I may need a complete new set.
So far this year I have been very good about shopping on eBay, or rather not shopping on eBay. In fact, only last night I decided that of all the things I need right now, a Dritz needle board is not one of them. Even second hand those things are expensive!
I did buy a DVD the other day, however. I've been anxious to see O'Mast, the documentary about Neapolitan tailors and tailoring, for nearly a year now. Have you seen this short clip from the film? It looks marvelous.
Anyway, there have been a few screenings in NYC, but I've missed them all, so I decided to treat myself to my own copy. It should arrive shortly and I'll let you know what it's like.
You may also be wondering about my new Claire Shaeffer Couture Sewing Techniques Workshop DVD. I received it last week and will have more to say about it in a future post. In brief: I loved it and who knew there were so many kinds of hand sewing needles?
Readers, do you remember this sparkly fabric I bought last summer?
I finally found the pattern for it, which I picked up for just a few dollars on Etsy the other day. It's very Diane Von Furstenberg meets Halston with a twist of Liza, don't you think? (I'll be making the pants version.)
Of course, I could have cobbled this look together using patterns I already own, but since I'm giving away a pattern today, I figured I could make room for one more. Does that make sense?
Finally, I bought a book (I know, I know...), Lynda Mayard's The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques.
I am hoping this will be a sort of intermediate-level book for those who want to do more hand sewing, but aren't entirely ready to give up their serger. It's spiral bound, so that's exciting. We'll see what it's like...
Readers, that's it!
Are you familiar with the Maynard book? How would you compare it to Claire Shaeffer? I'll have more to say about why I'm buying all these couture books...as soon as I figure it out myself.
Anybody out there thread tracing their seam lines?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!