May 30, 2013
Apparently it's Questions Week here at MPB. (I don't plan these things, they just happen.)
Last month I received an email from reader Lynn S., suggesting an interesting blog topic. Here's what Lynn wrote:
Labels: sewing and culture
May 29, 2013
May 28, 2013
Readers, this is a big week for me: the completion of my 4th year of sewing -- it's like my college graduation!
Partly to celebrate, I treated myself to a new sewing book yesterday -- new to me, I mean -- Roberta Carr's "Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing" from 1993, which I cannot believe was twenty years ago but whatever. Did I also treat myself to her somewhat-pricey-even-though-second-hand couture sewing DVD too? You'll just have to wait and find out.
May 26, 2013
May 25, 2013
May 24, 2013
May 23, 2013
May 21, 2013
May 20, 2013
May 19, 2013
Readers, what better way to celebrate National Devil's Food Cake Day than with an exclusive edition of the sewing blogosphere's favorite pattern naming game, MPB's NAME THAT PATTERN!
Labels: Name That Pattern
May 18, 2013
May 17, 2013
May 15, 2013
Exhale, readers, I have good news: the Bernina works great.
Did I mention that I had to purchase the power cord separately? That's why I couldn't test it yesterday; I only received the cord today. I was nervous when I plugged it in and turned it on. Given the rotten packing job the seller had done. I didn't know what to expect. But it seems mechanically superb.
May 14, 2013
So I've been experimenting with silk samples.
I happen to have another large piece of slinky charmeuse in my stash, along with all the swatches I picked up yesterday morning. I've tried various kinds of thread, stitch lengths and tension settings. I've experimented cutting charmeuse sandwiched between tissue paper with silk pins in the seam allowances (which works well) to discourage shifting.
May 13, 2013
Readers, I'm stoked.
I went fabric shopping this morning for Cathy's 1940's dress with the gathered bodice and skirt front, Simplicity 4856. I needed something with a beautiful drape and some weight to it. At first I looked solely at solids. I saw some gorgeous silk failles and satins, but nothing really wowed me.
May 12, 2013
May 11, 2013
Readers, I've changed my mind again.
I am not ready to jump immediately into the cotton-mohair suit jacket that goes with the pants I just made. I'm tired and I want to have some fun. Tailoring is rewarding, but fun it ain't.
May 9, 2013
May 8, 2013
May 7, 2013
The inevitable hem length post, readers!
Just as with contemporary women's fashion, it seems like when it comes to once well-established rules like men's pants length, tradition has been cast aside in favor of...just about anything.
May 6, 2013
May 5, 2013
I'm sorry, readers, but I just can't bring myself to blog about my gray pants again today. It's pants-free Sunday. Hope that's OK!
Instead, I thought I might update you on some other topics, both new and old. In no particular order...
Labels: my life
May 4, 2013
Readers, Michael had an opera matinee today and during intermission, sent me some iPhone shots of a man's pants he wanted me to see. Different, no?
May 2, 2013
Enough shopping, readers, let's get back to sewing!
Today I got started on my gray cotton-mohair suit; I'm making the pants first.
May 1, 2013
Readers, I have just learned that cinema songbird of yore Deanna Durbin has died at the ripe old age of 91.