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Jun 29, 2013

Not ANOTHER Google Reader post + New Patterns, New Life!

If you read sewing blogs -- or any blogs for that matter -- you've probably heard that beginning July 1, there will be no more Google Reader.  I'm not sure how you're choosing to handle this, but there's a BlogLovin' button on the right side of this blog (beneath my bio); I don't think Feedly -- the other popular RSS feed -- has a button available, alas.  UPDATE: Reader Claire found the button and I've posted it -- Thank you, Claire!

Jun 28, 2013

MPB DAY 2013-- All the Details You Need to Know!

Friends, the rumors are true: our Third Annual MPB Day is Saturday, August 10th!

Here's what's planned:

Jun 27, 2013

Fabric Shopping with (and for) Michael + MPB DAY: SAVE THE DATE!

Readers, you must think my entire life revolves around fabric shopping, sewing, and blogging.   I also swim and walk dogs daily.

Jun 26, 2013

Sewing Pattern Magazines -- YEA or NAY?

Readers, there is still so much about sewing I don't know.

Jun 25, 2013

What's Wrong With This Shirt? + When Other People Look Better In Your Clothes Than You Do

The vintage flea market cotton print shirt is done!

And it has a problem.  Can you tell what it is?

Jun 23, 2013

Making a shirt from my vintage flea market fabric

Good news, readers: the dress form fever has broken!  I no longer feel the urgent need to acquire one.

This was helped by the fact that the Craigslist seller with the men's 36 Royal form never called me, for which I'm actually grateful.  I may get a dress form in the future and I may not.  I'm definitely not wrapping myself in duck tape, however -- ick.

Jun 22, 2013

Sewing Wants vs. Sewing Needs, or "Talk me out of it!"

Before we get started today, friends, look at this fun 1966 Enid Collins wooden handbag I picked up this morning at the flea market for just $10.  (This one's called "Money Tree" like the song.)

Jun 21, 2013

What Does "Tailored" Mean?

If I had a dime for every time an MPB commenter said something like, "I'd love to sew men's clothes but I don't have the tailoring skills" or "I lack your wicked tailoring skills," "I can't tailor," etc. -- I'd have a jar full of dimes!

Jun 20, 2013

Modeling My Madras at Mood!

Readers, the photo shoot of my new madras and linen togs is finished!

To see it live over at the Mood Sewing Network, click here.  I do hope you like them.

Jun 19, 2013

Those Fabulous Forties Suit Patterns!

Friends, if you love vintage patterns as I do, you probably have your own favorite category -- maybe it's Fifties cocktail dresses, WWII-era aprons, or Thirties lounging pajamas.   (Parenthetically, one of the fun things about Pinterest is seeing what other people are into, like Laura Mae's shoe fetish!)

Jun 17, 2013

The Great Sewing Machine Backstitch Debate

When you start sewing a seam, you backstitch, right?  I mean we all do, don't we?   

Don't we?

Jun 16, 2013

Who Wears Short-Shorts?

Readers, I erred.

I wore my new madras shorts yesterday --  part of my upcoming Mood summer separates photo shoot --  and I felt very self-conscious about the length.  I might as well have been wearing this Thom Browne ensemble...

Jun 15, 2013

Peter Speaks Again -- a Vintage Singer Buttonholer Video!

Readers, today I put the finishing touches on my pale pink linen shirt, which included adding buttonholes to both front placket and collar.

Jun 14, 2013

NAME THAT PATTERN -- High Fashion Edition!

Friends, what better way to welcome the weekend than with a spanking new edition of NAME THAT PATTERN!

Jun 13, 2013

Pink Linen Love

Readers, do you remember how last summer I made myself a linen shirt with the pink linen pictured above?

Jun 11, 2013

The madras shirt: adding collar and buttonholes

This was the sorry state of my living room today, but I did manage to get some sewing done, adding collar stand and collar to my madras shirt as well as buttonholes and buttons.

Jun 10, 2013

Patchwork Madras Shirt? But of course!

With roughly one and a half yards of patchwork madras left after completing my shorts, what else could I make but a matching short-sleeve shirt (like the Brooks Brothers shirt above)?

Jun 8, 2013

Sewing Amid the Chaos + Madras Update!

Readers, I know I have a reputation as a bit of a clutterbug, but even I am having a hard time living (and sewing) amid this construction project-related mess, and it's not over yet.

Jun 6, 2013

"Madras Mia!" -- Getting Started on the Patchwork Madras Pants

I've made up my mind: no patchwork madras long pants for me, nuh-uh.

Jun 4, 2013

When Life Gets Stressful, Go Fabric Shopping!

Friends, I was going to title this post, "Patchwork Madras -- YEA or NAY?" but how many people even know what patchwork madras is?

Jun 3, 2013

No Sewing Today.

Readers, the next few weeks are going to be a bit tumultuous.  My building is undergoing a major renovation of our heating/air conditioner system, and we have to vacate our apartment (during the day) for quite a few days this month (actually the work started on Friday).

Jun 2, 2013

What Would You Do With a Bolt of Purple Corduroy?

I will not waste your time with any more hypothetical questions, friends.  This is for real.

I was walking the dogs today when what did I stumble upon just a few blocks from home than a discarded bolt of purple cotton corduroy.  I know it sounds crazy, but it really happened.

Jun 1, 2013

Fun at My Apartment Building's Flea Market!

Readers, as many of you know, once a year the apartment complex where I live (made up of ten high rise apartment buildings) holds its annual flea market -- basically a big, junky swap meet.  The quality can vary, but some things are certain: you'll find tons of "As seen on TV" appliances (and their ilk).   This year was no different.
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