Feb 28, 2013
Friends, I've spent most of today tweaking my latest jacket muslin, Simplicity 8823 from 1970. I think you'll agree it looks very different than it did yesterday. Hopefully better.
Feb 27, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
Friends, I don't know how many of you will remember this, but three years ago to the day, Cathy gave me a complete wardrobe makeover. (It started here, and you can see the highly successful results here.)
Feb 22, 2013
Feb 21, 2013
Friends, I stumbled on this vintage original 8x10 glossy photo of an "unidentified seamstress" and her Singer sewing machine on eBay last week and I knew right away I had to have it, especially for $2.95.
Feb 20, 2013
Readers, I forgot. It's been twenty-five years since the Eighties, and I failed to remember how BIG everything fit back then. Blame Gianni Versace, Rei Kawakubo, Claude Montana, Madonna, I don't know.
Feb 19, 2013
Friends, I'm not sure if I ever said this explicitly, but one of the reasons I was excited about being able to sew my own clothes was that I no longer had to deal with ready-to-wear clothing that almost never fit right.
Feb 18, 2013
OMG, what horror I experienced last night, friends. I dreamed I ran into Cathy on the street thirty years from now and...
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
I'm almost finished with my first real version of V8889 -- Vogue's latest men's shirt pattern -- and after tracing the original and adding my changes, I think I've come up with a version that fits me well.
Feb 15, 2013
Friends, I've tweaked and tweaked and tweaked some more. I now think I have a muslin of Vogue 8889 that's good enough for me to transfer the changes to my pattern. But first -- about that weight gain:
Feb 13, 2013
Readers, I want to open with part of a comment that design expert Kathleen Fasanella of Fashion Incubator once left on my blog, the context being an entry I wrote two years ago about some (very ill-fitting) Marc Jacobs shirts I tried on at Barney's Co-op:
Feb 12, 2013
Readers, I was pleasantly surprised to discover recently that Vogue has expanded its men's pattern offerings. They currently have fifteen men's patterns for sale and none of them are pajamas or scrubs!
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
Readers, I have a very special treat for you today -- an exclusive MPB post-blizzard Cathy photo shoot!
Yesterday baby Simplicity got her very first taste of snow and Cathy debuted a daring new look. I so wanted to share these special moments with you.
Feb 9, 2013
Friends, this has been a very good week for me, sewing-wise. Or rather, sewing stuff-wise.
First, the Singer featherweight. Then, the fabulous vintage sewing book. Finally today -- well, you'll see!
Feb 8, 2013
Feb 7, 2013
Friends, I'm almost embarrassed to share what just happened to me today but my hunch is you can already guess.
Feb 5, 2013
Feb 4, 2013
Readers, do you ever wonder what the neighbors are thinking when they look into your windows or do you generally draw the shades?
Oh, the joys of silk chiffon. But wait: first, our Vogue Patterns Magazine Giveaway winner is....
Feb 3, 2013
Friends, when the weather's below freezing, as it is today, we rarely take the dogs outside. It's just too cold.
Thankfully we've trained them to do what they need to do indoors, in the bathtub to be exact, and most of the time Willy remembers the part about jumping up over the side.
Feb 2, 2013
I will not buy more fabric at the flea market. I will not buy more fabric at the flea market. I will not buy more fabric at the flea market. I will not buy...
What fun I had you-know-where this morning, readers!
For starters, fabric, glorious fabric. The print above feels like rayon and I adore the colors and drape. This fabric is saying to me, Forties cocktail dress, Forties cocktail dress... Actually, that's the same thing I hear when I put a conch shell to my ear. Or a Dixie cup.
Feb 1, 2013
I'm a little late with this, friends, but I'm excited to be giving away a copy of the December 2012/January 2013 copy of Vogue Patterns with my most recent article in it, all about my favorite vintage sewing machine models!