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Jul 11, 2019

Definitely Not a Pajama Top!

For his birthday last May, I told my brother I'd like to make him a shirt.

Jul 4, 2019

Ten Years of Sewing! (and a Fun Surprise)

Friends, I can hardly believe it, but as of this summer, I've been sewing exactly ten years.

Jun 12, 2019


Friends, the next MPB Day is only eight weeks away -- have you made your outfit yet?

Jun 11, 2019

Sewing the "Italian Collar" Vintage Shirt Pattern!

Readers, I don't really know why this style shirt collar was often referred to as "Italian" during its years of popularity in the late 1950's and early 1960's.

Jun 2, 2019

Men's Pajamas with Corded Piping

Readers, some of you may recognize this vintage 1930's Advance men's pajama pattern.

May 25, 2019

Three Fabrics, One Shirt!

Readers, my pattern-mixed shirt is finished!

May 23, 2019

Experimenting with Pattern Mixing and Hand-loomed Fabrics

There aren't that many perks to being a longtime sewing blogger, but occasionally I'm given the opportunity to sample special fabrics in exchange for sewing something with them.

May 18, 2019

Reverse-print Wearable Muslin REVEAL!

Readers, this week I whipped up a shirt -- a wearable muslin really -- from a vintage McCalls pattern I've had in my stash for years. 

May 15, 2019

Men's Work Jacket REVEAL or "Poppies on Parade"

The "Wizard of Oz" poppy-print jacket is finished and all I can say is, I'm out of the woods, I'm out of the dark, I'm out the night!

May 10, 2019

Oye, Poppy!

Friends, have you ever sewn with fabric that had such a bold pattern that halfway through your project you just couldn't look at it anymore and began to question whether you liked it in the first place?

May 3, 2019

May 1, 2019

Poppies and Lemon Blossoms!

Friends, do you remember this lemon print cotton I purchased last August?

Apr 25, 2019

I'm Sewing Again!

Readers, I'm back at the sewing machine(s)!

Mar 3, 2019


Readers, yesterday we frolicked, we frolicked, oh, how we frolicked!

Summer MPB Days are great fun, of course, but there's something about a winter get-together that's cozier.  Especially since not every Garment District fabric store has air-conditioning but they all have heat!

Mar 1, 2019

MPB Day Winter Frolic-Eve PREP!

Great news, readers: despite the wintry weather forecast, tomorrow's 2019 MPB Day Winter Frolic is a GO!
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