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?)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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!).
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly 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!