Sep 30, 2012
Chalk it up to shyness, fear, or simple lack of curiousity, but it's rare that MPB readers ask me questions about myself. Today, however, I have decided to answer a few questions I have been asked, with a few more added by Michael.
In no particular order...
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
Friends, I'm no fashion historian but the bustle has got to be one of the strangest styles to come out of the Ninteenth Century. To me, this silhouette is simply bizarre, whether it's worn by Queen Victoria, Nellie Oleson, or an Eighties bride with possible incontinence problems.
Sep 25, 2012
Consider the following:
1) Sometimes our projects don't turn out the way we'd hoped.
2) Often people can be satisfied with less than perfect results.
3) Sometimes what looks perfect to us doesn't look that way to others.
These statements all relate to the topic of online feedback. I've read a number of comments here lately about the kind (and quantity) of feedback some sewing bloggers get: too much, too positive given the quality of their work. I don't know the blogs in question (hopefully not mine), but I get the gist of what they're saying -- don't you?
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 23, 2012
Confession: sometimes I feel about haute couture the way I feel about those magnificent Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. Yes, they're beautiful, but you don't need to study them to build yourself a perfectly lovely split-level ranch house.
Sep 21, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
Blame it on nuclear fallout, or postwar exuberance, or plain-and-simple bad taste. For some reason, in the mid 1950's, the fashion industry came out with the shelf bust. It was a short-lived look, but for a while women went for it.
Labels: clothing and culture
Sep 18, 2012
Chiffon. The very word is onomatopoetic, don't you think? That whisper-soft shhhh sound evoking the dreamy creaminess of this uber-glamorous fabric. But does anybody really sew with it anymore, other than for bridal wear -- or even like it?
Sep 17, 2012
Happy Monday, readers!
Beside stumbling on fifteen yards of heavily beaded trim at the flea market this weekend, I also got to attend Gretchen's Pets Alive benefit party on Saturday night, and what a treat it was! Our hostess was glamour personified in a midnight blue strapless cocktail dress of embroidered cotton organdy with taffeta underlay (did I get that right?) -- her own creation -- with handsome husband Jeff coolly conservative in head-to-toe Men's Wearhouse. Such a smart couple!
Sep 15, 2012
Readers, do you believe in synchronicity? I generally avoid all that woo-woo stuff, but how else can I explain the glamorous gee-gaws I grabbed at the flea market this morning?
No sooner had I expressed my intention of making a Halloween harem girl outfit --now leaning more toward Scheherazade (an upgrade), with Michael as a Persian prince -- than the flea market opened its arms to me...for a price, of course.
Sep 14, 2012
Readers, exciting news!
Many of us will be sewing for Halloween -- costumes for ourselves, for our spouses, and/or for our kids.
This year, however, we'll have the opportunity to prepare for the most fun holiday of the year together. Beginning Wednesday, October 10th, I will be leading the first-ever MPB Halloween Sew-Along!
Labels: Halloween Sew-Along
Sep 13, 2012
Readers, have you ever done a juice fast? I never have, though I've owned my trusty Omega juicer for more than fifteen years. I did the Master Cleanse (the lemonade and maple syrup thing) for ten days once, and while my skin was never so clear, I became a very skinny grouch after about a week. Oh, and hungry, very hungry...
Sep 12, 2012
It's not like I haven't tried them.
I have used two downloadable patterns in my relatively short sewing career and vowed never again. Oh, sure, it's convenient -- for the pattern company! For the home sewer it's a waste of 1) time, 2) paper, 3) printer ink. I'm sure other things are wasted (tape!) and I depend on you to come up with them.
Sep 11, 2012
Readers, I don't know what your vacations are like, but I came back from Provincetown feeling pooped. I had a wonderful time and we enjoyed excellent weather (except for the two days when it rained), but I'm weary. Do you ever find yourself needing a vacation-vacation? It sounds so self-indulgent.
Sep 9, 2012
It's nothing short of a miracle. Only days after giving birth to a healthy 10 lb. baby girl, my cousin Cathy was back in front of the camera, strutting her stuff on the beautiful beaches of Provincetown, Massachusetts.
In a series of echt Forties swimsuit ensembles, our new mother turned heads as she frolicked along the shoreline, striking poses not seen since Moon Over Miami. And when this little mermaid hit the water, she really made waves!