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Nov 29, 2013

Peter's Post-Holiday Hodgepodge

Happy Day After Thanksgiving Day, readers!

Nov 27, 2013

Are Home Sewers Unusually Cheap?

Friends, a few weeks ago I found myself engaged in conversation with a prominent professional member of the sewing community.

Nov 26, 2013

The Completed Pea Coat!

Readers, my pea coat is finished and you can see me modeling it RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE over at the Mood Sewing Network.

Just click here.

Nov 24, 2013

Coat-ally Devoted to You!

Readers, I CANNOT believe how long it takes to make a pea coat.  If I ever tell you I'm making another one of these, sit me down and talk some sense into me.

Nov 21, 2013

My Interview with Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns!

Readers, last week's post about Colette's pattern branding got me wondering more about what it's like to be an independent pattern maker.

Nov 20, 2013

Brief Words and a Question

The pea coat is coming together slowly.

Nov 19, 2013

Pea Coat Progress + New Patterns!

Readers, be honest: do you think this McCall's pattern I just purchased, which dates from approximately 1957, is too Sixteen Going on Seventeen for my cousin Cathy?

Nov 18, 2013

A Slight Change of Plan

Let's get back to the pea coat project.

As you'll recall, I'm making my coat from the Japanese men's coat pattern book up top.

Nov 16, 2013

Japanese TV wants to interview ME?

ZOMG, readers -- you won't believe how I spent yesterday!

About a month ago I'd received an email from a producer at Japan's Nippon TV network, saying they were interested in doing a short (2 1/2 minute) segment about vintage sewing machines.  They'd discovered my blog and were wondering if they could do an interview.

Nov 14, 2013

Indie Pattern Companies and The Power of Branding

Readers, today I want to talk about branding.

Nov 13, 2013

Inspecting Two Ill-Fitting Men's Coats

I spent most of today gearing up for my pea coat project.

Nov 12, 2013

What Cathy won + my pea coat fabric choices!

You may have heard that Cathy won Friday night's Little Black Dress contest at the Pattern Review anniversary party, held at Elliot Berman Textiles.  With a little help from you-know-who.

Nov 11, 2013

The 1990's Balloon-Pant Jumpsuit -- YEA or NAY?

Readers, what do you call it when something you consider utterly unremarkable suddenly becomes the new nostalgia?  

Nov 9, 2013

Cathy's Photo Shoot from the Pattern Review Anniversary Party!

What a lovely night Cathy had at the Pattern Review Anniversary Party held at Elliott Berman Textiles yesterday!

Nov 8, 2013


We made it, readers!

Nov 7, 2013

Miles to Sew Before I Sleep

We're getting down to the wire, people!

There is still a great deal to do before this LBD is done, and I have less than twenty-four hours to do it.  I need to insert a lapped side zipper.  I need to attach the sleeves.  I need to stitch down the neck facings and cuff facings.  I need to hem a very wide skirt.  And then there's Cathy's hair!

Nov 6, 2013

Little? (No); Black? (Sort of); Dress? (Definitely!)

I know I sound like an old fart, but sometimes I look at photographs of today's celebrities and I think, Who are these people?

Nov 4, 2013

We Interrupt This Blanket Coat or "LBD By Friday?"

Friends, are you planning to attend the Pattern Review 12th Anniversary "Little Black Dress" party at Elliott Berman this coming Friday?  (You can read more about it and/or RSVP here.)

Nov 3, 2013

Color Blocking on the Brain

I can't get this vintage blanket coat/jacket project off my mind, readers, so permit me to brainstorm a bit.

Nov 2, 2013

Camp Blanket Bingo! + A Color Blocked Pea Coat?

Friends, I simply must share with you what followed me home from the flea market this morning.

Nov 1, 2013

Pretty in Pink: The Japanese Jacket Muslin

Readers, I finished the jacket muslin.  (I skipped the pockets for now.)

Here it is on me...
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