Readers, whatever happened to Teen Time magazine? I found a copy at the flea market and what a great read it is -- provocative and oh, so real. I especially enjoyed Connie Stevens' cautionary tale "Liquor, Sex, and You" which totally opened my eyes to the teen parking-and-necking phenomenon. Better late than never.
I came face to face with the cheap fashion dilemma last Sunday, when I decided to treat myself to a new pair of canvas sneakers before my vacation. I didn't want anything fancy, just a pair of canvas slip-ons -- Vans or something similar. So I walked up along 34th Street, where there are tons of athletic shoe stores, as well as north of 34th on 8th Avenue. The selection is tremendous -- practically every style from (nearly) every era is available, it seems.
Friends, I'm back from my break -- also known as a vacation -- actually just four days on Fire Island, where we sublet a place from a student of Michael's.
As many longtime readers know, I'm not into vacations. Traveling with two chihuahuas is not relaxing. And while Freddy loves the beach, Willy doesn't -- he's constantly smelling other dogs in the air, and he's afraid of every dog other than Freddy, which is a drag for him and for us.
Readers, this is it: my final linen blazer post. So much to say. Where to begin?
I did indeed wear my linen blazer out to dinner last night. We had a major thunderstorm yesterday that cooled things off considerably, and by evening there was a refreshing breeze that continues this morning.
Readers, today is a very special day, and not just because it's National Caviar Day (look it up). Today I present my linen blazer photo shoot, completed early this morning just before the thermometer hit ninety.
A new week begins and with it, new sewing projects! I can't devote my entire life to finishing a linen blazer; there is so much more that needs doing here at MPB, Inc. Oh, before I forget: what a delight to play Name That Pattern with so many of you this weekend. I haven't chosen a winner yet, so if you still want to play, please do!
Readers, life is funny -- some might even say hilarious. This is usually only in retrospect, of course, when the tears have long since dried and the therapy bills been paid. But seriously, you need a sense of humor to navigate this life and you, clever readers, have one.
I'm all out of Moth-Ded...can I just use generic DDT?
Friends, something new here at MPB -- our Thought for the Day (that was it, above; photo courtesy of Sarai's blog). A little levity when your double-vented linen blazer lining is giving you headaches. Mine is, is yours?
I suppose it was inevitable. I've been working on this linen blazer for more than a week and I'm starting to get tired. Not sleepy, mind you, but worn out and whiny. There are too many techniques I'm doing for the first time and I feel like I'm sewing blind. I hope everything comes out right but who knows?
Do you ever feel like you're watching an unfortunate fashion trend happen and you're utterly powerless to stop it? (If you've ever seen a car run over a squirrel, you know what I'm talking about.) Readers, that's how I feel about the so-called Ivy Look.
The problem, however, is that you're usually not sewing. You're cutting pockets, or sizing shoulder pads, or creating sleeve heads, or measuring undercollars, or evaluating fit... You get the idea.The to-do list for a blazer is a long one and sewing is a rather small -- albeit critical -- part of the process.
I often receive emails from male readers asking me about patterns. There's usually a photo attached -- something right out of The Sartorialist -- of a beautifully attired man in Tribeca or London or Milan, and the question is always, Where can I find a contemporary pattern to make that jacket (or pants, or coat)? And the answer is always the same: You can't.
Much to cover today, readers! I've muslined my navy linen blazer. Just to review, I'm using Simplicity 8368, a vintage men's blazer pattern from 1969. I usually wear a 36" chest, this is a 34", which provides for a snug -- hopefully not too snug -- fit.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!