Readers, part of being human is having to make decisions. It doesn't have to be a stress, right?
Here are some recent decisions I've made, along with a few I may ask your opinion on.
1) Sunglasses (please keep reading!)
Trivial? In the scheme of things, yes. But you know what they say: a butterfly flapping its wings in New York can cause a hurricane in Australia, or something like that. After trying and rejecting the Warby Parkers and the Bonlooks, I have opted for these aviator type frames from an American company, Randolph Engineering, located in Massachusetts. A little pricier than the Warby Parkers, but beautifully made and a pleasure to wear. The end.
Perhaps you are admiring my vintage original "Starlight Express" sweatshirt, found in a pile of crap at the flea market the weekend before last and just $3. It needed laundering but cleaned up beautifully. What is "Starlight Express? Let's just say it's famous for being perhaps the worst Broadway musical ever. Certainly the worst one starring Andrea McCardle on rollerskates (back in the day). Apparently it was a hit in Germany (see video below).
2) Next projects.
Over the weeked I received my "New Look" pattern, Advance 6050. Is this what I should make next?
I'm 90% sure I'll be putting this on hold and sewing my gray cotton-mohair suit first. Having just made white linen pants (and the sheet suit muslin not long before it) I think it would be wise to build on my momentum while the experience -- and my double welt pocket technique -- is still fresh in my mind.
Decision: PRETTY MUCH MADE
This morning I washed my suit fabric, after testing a piece of fabric in the sink and under the iron. No problems: it retained its beautiful sheen.
I've since pressed the whole piece using the gently used Rowenta iron reader "Babe" sent me. Like the song says, "I Got -- fssssssssst -- Steam Heat!"
The steam the Rowenta generates is very strong but I wasn't able to eliminate occasional spitting (first from the iron, subsequently from me). I think it's definitely worth another try, however, as it's not without its virtues.
Decision: YET TO BE MADE.
In closing, readers, is there an important decision pending that you would like my help -- or the help of our wise MPB readership -- in making? (If you'd like, I can also ask my Magic 8 ball.)
If you have any thoughts about New Look dresses, Rowenta irons, or "Starlight Express" please leave them below.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!