Dec 31, 2012
Friends, on this final day of 2012, many of you are no doubt dressing for glamorous New Year's Eve parties. Are any of you planning to wear something with a big taffeta flounce? (A little taffeta flounce?)
Dec 29, 2012
Gracious me, is it that time already?
Friends, 2012 is already something of a blur, but going back through the archives, I do recall a great deal of it, especially since November. If I've forgotten anything key, please remind me.
Labels: my life
Dec 28, 2012
Friends, if there's one thing I learned living through the Eighties, it's that oversized clothing does not flatter undersized people. The Eighties was a bad decade for me style-wise and perhaps for you too.
Dec 27, 2012
Seriously, I do think hats are great. Not only do they keep your head warm in winter and cool in summer, they can give an ordinary face a little something extra and they can certainly pull together an outfit. I have never made a hat myself (a few makeshift turbans notwithstanding) but I've come close. Remember when I planned to make myself a bucket hat? For various reasons, that never happened.
Dec 26, 2012
We made it through the holidays, readers! Most of them, anyway.
I have so many exciting things to share with you, so let's get started. I couldn't be happier after days of overeating than to slip into my new Rago waist cincher. I was going to include an Amazon link, but I noticed that the price went up from approximately $25 to $38 in the week since I ordered it. Isn't that wack? I've noticed price shifts on Amazon before, but this is ridiculous.
Labels: my life
Dec 24, 2012
Readers near and far, the holidays are finally here!
There are two ways to celebrate Christmas (and all those other end-of-year winter holidays): straight, or with a twist of irony. Of course, many people would rather have just the twist, but irony doesn't work that way.
Dec 23, 2012
Friends, so many of us will be traveling this holiday season, a great many by air.
I'm sure most American MPB readers -- a sophisticated, nomadic bunch -- are familiar with Sky Mall. How many of us have flipped through the colorful Sky Mall catalog while taxiing on the runway, calming our nerves during a bit of turbulence over the Rockies, or distracting ourselves from the child vomiting across the aisle?
Dec 21, 2012
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 19, 2012
In life there are big problems and small problems. What I'm about to relate is admittedly a small problem, but it's still substantial enough to be blog-worthy. Or at least MPB-worthy.
Today I bought the wrong fabric.
Dec 18, 2012
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
So three years ago I made this Western-style shirt. I used a vintage Seventies McCall's pattern and fabric I found locally for $2/yd. which turned out to be Pendleton wool. I was so proud of the result. I mean, I'd only been sewing for four months.
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
|Me and Eugenia of Elliott Berman Textiles|
As promised, readers, here are some photos from last night's star-studded, super-fun Pattern Review NYC anniversary bash at Elliott Berman. I met so many interesting people, the food was delicious, and I even won fabric!
Dec 12, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
Hallelujah, friends, my color block shirt is finished! Well, almost. I still have to hem the bottom and add buttons and buttonholes, but it will only have three of each, plus the cuffs of course. And a bit of pressing. But I couldn't wait to share it with you.
Dec 10, 2012
Dec 9, 2012
Dec 8, 2012
Dec 6, 2012
Readers, I've spent a lot of time the last few days thinking about color blocked shirts. I've done extensive online research, even exploring the Saks Fifth Avenue menswear website, where there were a number of color blocked shirts available. And they were all on sale. (This look is not taking the world by storm.)
Dec 5, 2012
Dec 4, 2012
Friends, when it comes to clothes I actually wear on a regular basis, I'm pretty conventional.
Sure, I'll tiptoe around the edges of avant-garde -- leopard pants here, flower power shirt cuffs there -- but usually with trepidation and not a little regret. I know what I'm comfortable in and it's generally the tired and true (whoops -- that should read tried and true, LOL!).