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Apr 22, 2014

Whatever Happened to....? Your Questions Answered!



Readers, life here at MPB Industries is such a whirlwind that, naturally, some plans fall by the wayside.

Rarely are these plans entirely forgotten, however.  They just get pushed back.  And back.  And back.

Today I'd like to update you on some projects I have mentioned in the past that never quite got completed.  Of course, if you have any other specific questions, please ask!

In no particular order....

Whatever happened to the blouse you were going to make for your mother?





Readers, I consider myself a dutiful son, but when it comes to sewing for my mother, I'm something of a deadbeat. Then again, let's not forget the psychedelic terrycloth robe I made her last year that she outright rejected!

Whatever happened to the leather newsboy cap you were making last winter?



I never finished it: the leather, upcycled from an old sofa, still felt too much like an old sofa. 

Whatever happened to the Prada bag knock-off you found in the street last summer?



I gave the bag to Michael's sister Sara.



Whatever happened to baby Simplicity?



Simplicity is growing by leaps and bounds!  This summer she turns two -- can you believe it?  Here's a more recent pic.



Whatever happened to Butterick 9690, the vintage Sixties cocktail dress pattern (top pic).



It's all cut and has been hanging on my dress form since January.  Any day now, promise!

Whatever happened to the show Johanna filmed for Nippon TV about her sewing machine collection and when will she receive a DVD copy of the segment so she (and I) can see it?



Johanna has no idea -- presumably it aired in Japan.  Meanwhile she continues to push to get a copy of it, to no avail.

Whatever happened to your six yards of vinyl python fabric?


 


I have it in my stash and am still waiting for the perfect pattern for it.  Any suggestions?

Whatever happened to your beautiful hair?



Your guess is as good as mine.

In closing, friends, I hope that this information will lay your mind to rest and that you'll sleep better tonight as a result.  I do try to keep on top of things but you know how it is -- stuff happens!

Have a great day, everybody!



34 comments:

  1. As long as your in a mood to answer questions....
    1. Are you still treadeling? (sp).
    2. How many machines are in your collection now? Your go to?
    3. A panel or two of that python might be fun in a corset if it could hold up. love love love your blog, I look forward to every post.thanks for every one.

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    1. 1. Michael, I still have the treadle and I do sit down at it from time to time. But I rarely use it for sewing projects, alas. I'm eagerly awaiting Post-Oil.

      2. I think I have twelve machines. My go-to is my Kenmore 158.141 in a table in my living room.

      3. A vinyl corset... Sounds intriguing!

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  2. One more: whatever happened to your FashionDol? I still long for some glam cut-down versions of some of Cathy's more dashing looks...

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    1. There you go again about that FashionDol, Muscato! Maybe I should send it to you and you can take her shopping for a new wardrobe. No -- you're right: she's still standing in her granny panties on my credenza. Quel dommage!

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    2. Apologies if I'm a broken record! I just think she'd look so festive in some creation poised halfway between Schiaparelli and Mamie Eisenhower - something pink, with a bolero...

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  3. The best laugh I've had in weeks!
    Karen

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  4. No wonder your mom rejected the house coat... Look at that match down the front! Sorry, best read this week

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  5. Brilliant! Thank you for the laughter this morning :)

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  6. I've been worrying myself sick over these very questions Peter, so thank you for putting my mind at rest. It's my birthday today- now I can enjoy it with a spring in my step! x
    PS. What's the latest with the Vinyls?

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    1. They are put away in a drawer. I really should dress them up and display them again. Thanks for the reminder!

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  7. Thank you, this my just cure my insomnia -no more thrashing about with my mind full of unanswered questions!! ;-)

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  8. Hilarious. And whatever happened to ...
    - the grey wool suit for Michael?
    - the dress for your SIL?
    - the raspberry corduroy?
    - the Daily Ditch?
    - Cathy?

    Spud.

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    1. Suit -- OMG, what a memory you have.
      SIL dress -- more likely than the suit.
      Corduroy -- sitting in my UFO box.
      Daily Ditch -- returning soon!
      Cathy -- the bandages come off in early May.

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  9. *Laugh* This reminds me that I finisched the muslin for a Chanel Jacket knock-off for my MIL one year ago... stuff happens! :))

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  10. What became of the robe after your mother's tactful rejection? :)

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  11. I read your blog daily as much for your sewing adventures, as for your dry sense of humor. Thanks for being here!

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  12. I am sew glad I started reading your blog. :)

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  13. I now know I will sleep better tonite!

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  14. Love that picture of you! I also want the Daily Ditch to return. You should do a daily ditch contest...I bet your readers have some weird things they need to get rid of!

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  15. Ever entertaining! Maybe I should buy your mother's robe. I think it's the perfect outfit for making school lunches in the mornings!
    Out of interest, have you made any shirts from Shimazaki Ryuichiro's Mens Shirts book? I'm on my third and would love to hear your take on the instructions. (I may have missed a post if you have)

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    1. Hi, Berene. I used the Ryuichiro book for inspiration for a shirt I made with front tucks; I never actually cut the patterns as the sizing didn't seem right for my build.

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  16. The python would make a nice Utili-Kilt, I think.

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    1. Python utili-kilt! Yes!!

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  17. I'll admit I was worried about baby Simplicity being the love child of a glamorous model/single mom, but oh my, she's such a doll!

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  18. I too, a 60 year old man, wonders what happened to my thick, black, head of hair I had at 30! I must be crazy, but I love your Mom's robe! For the next cap project, how about recycling a soft leather jacket such as lamb or suede, or get really crazy and use that snakeskin vinyl!

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  19. The real question here, and I can't see why nobody asked it, is: What REALLY happened to Baby Jane???

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  20. How good to catch up ;)
    To be honest, I have been wondering what happened to your lovely cousin Cathy. She hasn't been around in quite a while. But then, we all know new parents tend to be very busy. I just hope she'll stay as glamorous as ever.
    About the vinyl... Stuff like that kind of screams 'rockstar pants' doesn't it? You know, the 1980's kind, tight with a crotch. Tacky, I know, but you already bought the fabric...

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  21. I lie awake at night sometimes worrying about Cathy, Simplicity and that housekeeper. Whatever happened to Mrs Danvers?

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  22. You crack me up :-D Now I must get back to work!

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  23. I absolutely LOVE that first dress pattern! If you decide you don't want it I'll gladly take it off your hands.

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  24. Peter, I would bet you that your readers would love to have that reject robe. You could make it a charity raffle, or just a flat-out giveaway. You'd need to sign it or put your little "Hand Made by Peter of MPB" label in it, of course.

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