Nov 30, 2012
Happy Friday, creative people!
Having pre-washed and pre-shrunk my beautiful blue flannel from Mood, I am ready to begin making Michael's shirt. This morning I'm wondering which machine I should make it on: I have so many options (ten, I think). My choice in this regard is usually based simply on which machine is out, has sufficient clear space around it (as opposed to piles of whatever), and needs the least amount of prep.
Nov 28, 2012
I've been pondering this question for a long time, readers, and I can't remember what prompted it:
Is home sewing intrinsically more creative than shopping for ready-to-wear?
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 24, 2012
Readers, I own roughly three hundred patterns, maybe a few more, most of them vintage.
I don't know exactly how this happened. I purchased many of them myself -- mainly on Etsy, eBay, and at the flea market -- but others were gifted to me by desperately decluttering MPB readers. I appreciate these donations, I really do, but larger numbers of patterns has meant better organization is a must. Today I'd like to share my system with you.
Nov 22, 2012
Friends, a bit of advice: do not shop online at night, especially on sites like Etsy and eBay, where one-of-a-kind collectibles are available for purchase at the strike of a computer key. After 11 pm, particularly around a holiday, one's resistence WILL BE LOW.
Nov 21, 2012
Readers, I am officially a man on a mission! With the holidays upon us, I have decided it's time to make Cathy a really sumptuous evening dress and, after watching the 1948 Esther Williams film, "On An Island With You," I have become obsessed with this Irene Lentz-Gibbons (more commonly known as Irene) dress worn by Cyd Charisse in a tango she performs with Ricardo Montalban.
Nov 20, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
I'm making progress on the boxers, friends!
As you can see up top, I decided to add contrasting gingham trim to the boxers I'm making, using scraps left over from my very first sewing project (which, coincidentally, happened to be a pair of boxers, though much less fancy than these).
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
Friends, has this ever happened to you? You finish a big project, you're a little spent, and you have no idea what's next. Not to mention it's Diwali, the Indian "Festival of Lights" -- always a distraction when your sister-in-law is from Mumbai.
Nov 13, 2012
Readers, when discussing women's intimate apparel, it's important to define terms. Here's what I've dug up:
Nov 11, 2012
How lucky I am that after Hurricane Sandy destroyed my Halloween plans (along with a few New York City neighborhoods), my dear cousin Cathy offered to model my costume, so that you, dear readers, would get to see it and I wouldn't have to shave my legs.
Nov 9, 2012
Nov 8, 2012
Readers, if you've been following me a while, you know that I'm something of a tightwad. I hate to spend more than I have to and will only purchase something brand new if I have no other reasonable choice.
But like many tightwads — perhaps, one might argue, by virtue of being a tightwad — I am willing to cough up the dough for certain things that are important to me.
There aren't many of these, of course, but there are a few.
Nov 7, 2012
Nov 5, 2012
I'm nearly finished with my costume, readers. Getting the beaded gimp onto the harem pants was not as easy as it looks -- or does it look easy at all? There are so many layers to deal with: gathered chiffon, power net, gold mesh, embroidered trim -- and of course you have to keep all those beads out of the way.
Labels: Halloween Sew-Along
Nov 4, 2012
Nov 2, 2012
Friends, I cannot lie: I have not sewn all week.
As far as tomorrow's Halloween Costume Ball, the neighborhood where it's to take place is still without power. Ticket holders have been offered reimbursements. Even if it were to happen, Halloween is over. I'm just not feeling it right now.
Labels: my life
Nov 1, 2012
The other day, MPB reader Karen emailed me a personal story she thought I might share here, even suggesting the title, "A Boy's First Skirt."