Readers, I'm in one of my typical post-project states of disorientation: a little worn out and not sure what's next.
In the meantime, remember those torn pants up top? Well hallelujah, I finally turned them into shorts -- just in time for the July-in-April weather. I live in shorts once it's hot, so these should get a lot of wear.
I have a few other chores to take care of. I've been needing to make some sewing machine covers for years. I think I mentioned that with a handcrank attached to my new Singer 66 I can't close the case it came in, so I'm going to just keep the machine out and cover it with a cloth cover. Not sure what to do with the hard lid... I had a wooden Singer 66 base once and got rid of it (it came with my Singer 15-90) and wish I had it so I could sell the Fifties-era case the hancrank came in, not that it would fetch very much.
I also want a cover for the Featherweight when it's in the table. (Did I mention I made the maternity ensemble on that machine?) Surely I can do better than this:
Even worse is my ironing board. I'd intended to make a well-fitting wool cover for it with an old blanket and instead just threw the blanket on as-is and covered it with the cheap commercial cover I'd been using before. I don't know why I find these projects so daunting.
Speaking of ironing, the price seems to have dropped (dramatically) on the Black & Decker Digital Advantage 2030 iron on Amazon, so I ordered myself one. My current one, which I've used almost daily for three years, has been acting weird for months, and although it's officially operative, it's only a matter of time. I think this is an excellent iron overall and as you can see, it has received stellar reviews. A few of you have recommended more expensive irons but I can't see spending a lot on one, especially as the failure rate is so high.
In other new, a marvelous new book for you classic Hollywood fashion and Marilyn Monroe fans!
I found Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood icon was styled by William Travilla at the library, and it is fascinating. Travilla was a major designer at Twentieth Century Fox in the Fifties and designed many of Marilyn Monroe's most famous costumes as well as much of her personal wardrobe. If you've seen Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, and The Seven Year Itch, many of these clothes will be familiar to you. There are many detailed construction photographs, as well as insights into the industry and wacky MM herself.
Finally, friends, when I finish a project I always feel I should post pics on BurdaStyle and write a Pattern Review review, but sometimes I don't bother. Do you generally do this? At a certain point it starts to feel like work.
On that note, I'm off to make sewing machine covers unless I find another distraction. I depend on you to provide one.
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!