Friends, we're busy, busy, busy here at MPB Industries!
First, I was delighted -- and moved, really -- by your enthusiasm about Cathy's grossesse. We're in a quandary, however, about maternity patterns. Do we go with the Lucy look (up top and immediately below), or more of a Jackie pregnancy? So many choices -- I want to make them all!
Meanwhile, my more immediate project is a pair of jeans for me. I have my denim already -- indigo blue with no stretch -- and my plan is to launder and dry it a second time this afternoon. I hope to get started tomorrow.
In other ripped-from-the-headlines news, I'm reading a fascinating book about the history of makeup -- Kathy Peiss's Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture. Are you familiar with it? I'm still in the Nineteenth Century at the moment, but it's a very well-written (not too dry), well-researched book and I recommend it to anyone who has ever spent $37 on Chanel lipstick and asked themselves, Why am I doing this?
Fun fun FUN is Bound & Determined: A Visual History of Corsets, 1850-1960 by Kristina Seleshanko. If you're interested in girdles -- and I know most of you are -- you'll enjoy this book, which features photos of vintage girdle and corset ads, along with a little history. (Sadly, Spanx are not included.)
Meanwhile, in the movie queue is Lana Turner's campy biblical epic, The Prodigal on DVD. I watched the trailer and I'm not sure if this one is campy enough for me to sit through. I'd put it on reserve at the library and I can't even remember why. Still, who doesn't love luscious Lana in a jewel-encrusted hairdo, dripping with beads? It might be worth a try.
Also from the library is Alan Flusser's coffee-table tome, Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion. There aren't many books on men's style that I find interesting. They're usually similarly full of vintage photos of movie stars like Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, and Fred Astaire dressed to the nines, and in that respect this one is no different. (You don't see style books for women telling them they should still dress like Marlene Dietrich or Claudette Colbert, do you?) Still, there's a lot of what looks like interesting text here and useful information about how clothes should fit. (Nothing about patching old pants, sadly.)
If it's at the library, I'll give (almost) anything a shot and it's hard to resist a book with a chapter entitled "Hosiery Harmonies."
Any good fashion-related books you've been reading and wish to recommend -- or not?
In closing, do you think girdles -- and their more-modern stretch substitutes -- are here to stay, or are we likely to look back on the last four hundred or so years and wonder, What was that about?
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. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!