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Mar 31, 2013

Peter Models the 1970's Groovy Sheet Suit!



Friends, the suit is finished.  OK, it still needs a few buttons here and there, but otherwise I am ready to move on.

Mar 30, 2013

Look For the Silver Lining



Friends, there's almost always something on the garments I sew that I would do differently.

Rarely, however, do I realize what the something is before I've even finished my project!  In the case of my still-not-finished 70's sheet blazer, it's the lining.

Mar 29, 2013

NAME THAT PATTERN -- 2013 Edition!



Friends, it's time once again to play the sewing blogosphere's favorite pattern-naming game -- MPB's own "Name That Pattern!"

Mar 28, 2013

The (Endless) Tedium of Sewing a Jacket + My Iron Is Clean!



Friends, remember this, from just two days ago?

Mar 26, 2013

Hot Pockets or "Get Welt Soon"



Friends, I am totally not a welt pocket expert but I did have moderate success today on the four pockets I made for my flower-power sheet jacket.

Mar 25, 2013

Getting started on the 70's sheet jacket



You knew I was making a jacket to match those pants, right?

Fortunately my double flat sheet is large enough for both garments.  Is a double the same as a twin or a queen?  Anyway, it is -- well, was -- a big sheet. 

Mar 23, 2013

Saturday Sewing: Groovy Pants from 70's Sheet!



Readers, I have had this vintage Seventies Springmaid "Wondercale" double flat sheet, a Salvation Army find, in my fabric stash for nearly three years.

Mar 22, 2013

Cathy in the Spotlight!



Readers, I'm so excited and honored.  Today's post on Sally McGraw's marvelous Already Pretty blog is all about Cathy -- and me, of course.

Do please hop on over and read Sal's interview.  It may answer some questions you've had too.

Mar 21, 2013

Finding One's Personal Style When Anything Goes



Readers, I'm in a quandary.

I'm trying to figure out how I want my new gray suit to look and I feel overwhelmed with options.  It seems like nowadays any style can work provided you can pull it off.  I don't even know what's in fashion any more. 

Mar 20, 2013

My Birthday Suit



Even as a toddler I was a bit messy.

Mar 19, 2013

Oogly Googley: social media fatigue and other related rants



I am so tired of social media, I can't begin to tell you.

Wait: is a blog considered social media?  I don't even know.

Mar 18, 2013

A Change of Heart + Thoughts on Thrifting



A change of HEART -- get it?

Friends, I thought about it, I really did, and I have decided against metallic fabric for the time being.  A metallic linen suit would be fabulous, no doubt, and perfect if I had a big event coming up -- say, the Grammy's (that's a joke).  I really could use a nice suit, however, and if I'm going to go to all that trouble, I want it to be something I can wear on a regular basis.

Mar 17, 2013

Metallics for Men - YEA or NAY?



Metallics: can we go there?   

Should we go there?

Mar 16, 2013

POST 1,000 (!) + How Loud Was My Taffeta?



I'm back!  A special thanks to Willy for filling in for me.  Freddy was unavailable.

Mar 15, 2013

Peter's Jacket and Matching Shorts REVEAL!



Hi, everybody!  I'm Willy.  

Peter's post about his Marc Jacobs daisy print taffeta jacket and matching shorts just went live on the Mood Sewing Network site.

Mar 13, 2013

Finishing the Jacket, Starting the Matching Shorts



Readers, when I recommend a product on this blog it's because I genuinely use it and like it.  So when I say that Collins two-sided Wonder Tape made my life a whole lot easier these last two days, I mean it.   Are you familiar with it?

Mar 12, 2013

Making Welt Pockets or "Take a Deep Breath and Pray"



Greetings, patient readers!

As you can see above, I was alerted to yet another image of that Marc Jacobs daisy print silk gown (actually poly silk -- though it's never stated in these fashion spreads) that so many of you apparently loathe.  I just find it a strange fabric choice for a ballgown -- the equivalent of a liver-flavored lollipop.

Mar 10, 2013

Adorin' Lauren + flea market vintage hat SCORE!



Readers, many of you may know that sewing blogger Lauren Taylor (aka Lladybird) of Nashville is here in New York City this weekend and I am one of the lucky many who got to meet her.  Actually, today was our fourth date.  We'll find out what happens next at tonight's rose ceremony (hope you get the reference).

Mar 9, 2013

The Benefits of Slowing Down



Friends, are you fast?  Let me rephrase that: do you like to get things -- sewing projects in particular -- done in a hurry?

Mar 7, 2013

The Beefcake Aesthetic -- YEA or NAY



Readers, honestly, is this your kind of thing?

I have always found physical culture -- pumping iron, oiling up your muscles, posing hairless in a thong -- to be a bit of a joke.  And it has nearly always been represented that way in pop culture: big beefy muscles = dumb cluck.  The stuff of high camp.

Mar 6, 2013

FINISHED: the 1941 McCall's Mens Undershirt!



Readers, I just finished the undershirt from my 1941 McCall's pattern (4474).  It's the first woven undershirt I've ever made.  I like it!

Mar 5, 2013

Peter Models the 1940's McCall's Boxers or "Back in My Underwear"



OK, do these boxers make my a** look big?

Yes, and I love that about them!

Mar 4, 2013

The Undeniable Sexiness of Vintage Men's Underwear



Readers, it must be said: there is something about old-fashioned men's underwear that is very alluring.  Or is this a minority viewpoint?

Mar 3, 2013

Getting Others to Clean My Clutter!



Readers, remember that famous scene in Mark Twain's classic, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," when Tom's Aunt Polly wants Tom to whitewash the picket fence and clever Tom gets the other neighborhood boys to do it by pretending it's the most fun thing in the world?

OMG, that's what I did yesterday with friend and fellow blogger, Suzanne, and she totally fell for it!

Mar 1, 2013

Simplicity Safari Jacket - WHO WEARS IT BEST?



Don't ask me just how it happened, I wish I knew.
I can't believe that it's happened, and yet it's true.

Friends, those immortal words of -- Do you know? -- describe exactly how I feel about this Simplicity 8823 muslin-turned-favorite-project-of-2013 (so far).  And Michael likes it too.  So much so, in fact, that he wants it.  Do I give it to him?  That, my friends, will be up to you.
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