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Dec 19, 2019

"A Stylish Guide to Classic Sewing" Book Review

Last week I had the pleasure of having lunch with sewing blogger and published author Sarah Gunn, who was visiting NYC from her home in South Carolina.

Dec 16, 2019


Readers, I know it's still December.

Dec 14, 2019

Oh, Joy: My First Bernina Serger!

Friends, it has happened again!

Nov 28, 2019

A New Shirt for Thanksgiving

Readers, it's always nice to have something new to wear for the holidays, don't you agree?

Oct 31, 2019

OCTOBER SURPRISE: My vintage Bernina 830 Record!

Readers, just when you thought this month was going to be another run-of-mill October, look what recently landed in my life!

Oct 6, 2019

My First-Ever BAG!

Ten years of sewing and I've never made a bag?

Sep 5, 2019

Crinkle Cotton Thai Fisherman Pants + Vacation Outfits!

Readers, I'm back from a week's vacation in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and looking forward to getting back to my sewing machines: September is National Sewing Month, after all!

Aug 13, 2019

Peter & Michael's Singer Featherweight Shirt Photo Shoot!

Readers, just two weeks ago I stumbled on two very wonderful Robert Kaufman Singer Featherweight quilting cottons.

Aug 11, 2019

MPB DAY 2019 -- "The Family That Sews Together, Grows Together!"

Friends, yesterday's MPB Day set new records: the biggest crowd, the best weather, the largest pattern swap, and the cutest guys!

Aug 6, 2019

My Bluprint Class, "Sew the Camp Shirt," is LIVE!

Friends, I'm excited to announce that my Bluprint class, "Sew the Camp Shirt," is ready for viewing!

Aug 1, 2019

Stars and Stripes Jacket with Gripper Snap Closures

Readers, you may recall that two years ago I made a pair of groovy red, white, and blue pants from some vintage stars and stripes cotton canvas I'd found at the flea market.  (More about those here.)

Jul 28, 2019

Cathy Models the 1970 Vogue Dress!

Readers, my cousin Cathy is back!

Jul 25, 2019

Sewing a Summer Dress for Cousin Cathy!

As most of you know by now, my cousin Cathy gets annoyed with me if I don't make her at least one new outfit every season.

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!

Jan 21, 2019

The Current State of My Sewing Machine Collection

With the new year, I've decided it's time for a sewing machine inventory!

It's always good to remind yourself what you have, not to mention to vacuum the back of your closets.  So here's what I have as of 2019.  I'll split them into groups: the machines I use most often, the machines I'd like to use but haven't in a while, and everything else.

Jan 2, 2019


Happy 2019, friends!

I've decided it's time to host another winter event.  As you know, MPB Day normally takes place in August, but that just seems too far away.  On these gray days, we need bright things to look forward to!
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