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Jan 2, 2013

Welcome, 2013!

Happy 2013, everybody!

The start of a new year is always reason to celebrate.  It means a fresh start, renewed energy, and most important of all, an end to the seemingly endless holiday season.  Enough already!

My glamorous New Years Eve?  I went to bed around 9:30 and slept like a log till morning; I've seen enough balls drop (and dropped a few myself), plus Michael was getting over the flu and wasn't up to partying.  But I did celebrate New Years Day with family and friends at my brother and SIL's and had a lovely time.

There's so much in store for the coming year here at MPB: new outfits, new hairdos, and fun, fun, fun! (Can you name the star, name the show?)

The woman...

The wigs...

I've already received my first acquisition of 2013, a brand new button foot imported directly from China!

Here are just some of the projects on deck:

A bomber jacket made from Simplicity 7358!

Hats from Vogue 8893!

Decluttering in Apartment 12D!

And, of course, glamorous gowns, careful close-ups, and vintage patterns galore!  (BTW, if anyone can track down McCalls 2304 -- cocktail party-on-top, Tupperware party-below --  I'd love to have it!)


This year I have decided to do away with resolutions -- the whole ritual has grown tiresome.

Of course, if you'd like to share some of yours, go ahead -- at MPB, we don't judge.

Can't wait to get 2013 underway!

(Ann Miller does Cole Porter on "The Love Boat"!)


  1. June Allison slapping someone? Anyone? Impossible.

  2. Does this mean Cathy's 2013 inspiration is Ann Miller?
    I think her hair was bigger than those wigs!

  3. What machine is the button foot for, and where/how did you get it?

    (I'd be really interested in getting inexpensive feet for my sewing machine.)

    1. A button foot holds a button in place (I use scotch tape in addition to the foot) so that -- with your feed dogs dropped -- you can zigzag a button on a garment with your sewing machine.

      I found this generic foot on eBay by searching under "snap on button foot". It cost just $3 with shipping.

  4. Looking forward to all the New! to come from House of Lappin. Happy New Year to you, Michael, and the pups. Stay warm!

    And the button foot ... hope you love yours as much as I love mine.

  5. I never even realized there was such a thing as a button foot. You learn something new every day!

  6. I recognize that show, MAME! Probably because I was wardrobe on it for three months, 8 shows a week at Goodspeed last year!
    Happy New Year! My big sewing resolution is to try to only sew from my stash. I have YARDS of lovely fabric I've always been to afraid to sew.

  7. I'll be interested to see what you think of that button sewing foot, I used one with my Bernina for a while but didn't really like it that much, I think because I found the process of sewing them on by machine to be just too fiddly for my taste. Also I found the buttons I sew by hand are more secure.

  8. Happy New Year! I'm really looking forward to the bomber jacket.

  9. Happy New Year Peter!

    Last year I sewed a shirt for hubby for the first time and used your sewing along posts as a help. Then I decided to try for the first time to sew buttons with the machine. I used my Singer 401G with the original button foot #161168 and I love it! Never, never buttons sewed by hands anymore!

  10. Waking up to Ann Miller avec flaming shish-k-bobs: it don't get much bettah than that!

  11. I saw Ann Miller on Broadway that very year. She and Mickey Rooney were playing in Sugar Babies. She was just stunning in person!

  12. Happy New Year! Can't wait to see the how the hat pattern goes!!

  13. Peter, you are an inspiration with every post. Thanks so much for putting me in a good mood every time I read your blog. And often I learn something as well. You are a HOOT!

  14. Awww, Ann Miller memories! I was her hairdresser's understudy on the last gasp tour of "Sugar Babies." Yes, her hairdresser had an understudy. There were 12 wigs traveling with her, all made up in that same style that Kenneth developed for her in 1957. They were all dressed every night, and each night she would pick one by name. Yes, they all had names. She was brash, loud, kind, gracious, interested, fascinating, could swear like a truck driver and at that point (she might have been almost 70?) she still had the most amazing legs. How I adored her.

    1. Great story, Richard! I heard a few from other people I've known who worked with her: toward the end of the "Sugar Babies" tour he had an oxygen tank off stage that she'd snort between numbers; and she kept her used dance tights in a bin marked "do not wash till gamey." Not sure if they're true...

    2. Totally true about the oxygen tank; it shocked me the first time I saw it, and then it was just de rigueur. I have no idea about the dance tights, and since I was pretty chummy with wardrobe I think I would have heard that. Still, it's a good story (and not entirely out of character...).


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