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Dec 1, 2020

Modeling My Finished Flight Suit - McCall's 2054!

Friends, the flight suit is finished and here I am wearing it!

Nov 16, 2020

McCall's 2054 Flight Suit Pattern: Challenges and Caveats!

Readers, my flight suit project has been extremely enjoyable but it has not been without its challenges.

Nov 7, 2020

Dare I Attempt Another Jumpsuit?


As my long-time readers may already know,  I've had very mixed results with one-piece garments.

Nov 2, 2020

Michael Models His Faux Fur Birthday Coat!

Michael's coat is finished -- a few days after his birthday I'm afraid -- and here are some photos of him wearing it!

Oct 30, 2020

PART 2 -- Finishing the Faux Fur Coat


Friends, if there was anything I obsessed over in making Michael's faux fur coat, it was the front pockets.

Oct 22, 2020

A Faux Fur Coat for Michael -- PART 1

I promised to make Michael a faux fur coat three years ago; it didn't happen but I'm determined to have one ready for his birthday this year.  

Oct 17, 2020

Modeling the Completed Safari Jacket!

Friends, the jacket is done and here I am wearing it!

Oct 11, 2020

Working on My First Safari Jacket

Readers, more than five years ago I purchased this Australian Bush Outfit pattern, Folkwear 130, with the intention of making a safari jacket.

Sep 12, 2020

The Chelsea Flea Market Is Back And So Am I

Friends, it's hard to believe that our very first Covid summer is coming to an end, but it is.

Jul 8, 2020

Why I Won't Be Hosting MPB Day This Summer

Readers, I'm guessing this will come as no surprise.

Jun 24, 2020

May 28, 2020

Good News, Bad News

Friends, the mask wearing continues here in New York City and, naturally, so does the mask making.

May 19, 2020

A Mask for Cathy + MORE!

"Don't let Covid kill your glamour!"

May 11, 2020

Mask Maker, Mask Maker, Make Me a Mask!

Readers. the mask making continues.

May 5, 2020

Who Is That Masked Man?

Friends, I know I'm a little late to mask making.

Apr 27, 2020

A Run on Sewing Machines? + Project UPDATES!

Readers, is it possible -- could there actually be a run on sewing machines?

Apr 18, 2020

Peanuts Pandemic Photo Shoot!

Friends, I know I should be wearing a matching home-sewn mask but this scarf will have to do for the time being.

Apr 15, 2020

Happiness is a Peanuts Shirt - PART 1

Greetings, readers, from my home quarantine to yours!

Apr 9, 2020

Window Shopping on Fifth Avenue During a Pandemic

Readers, today I went running up to Central Park and on the way I stopped to take in some store windows on Fifth Avenue.

Apr 1, 2020

Muslining a Vintage Swimsuit, New Shoes, + More Movie Links!

When I'm self-isolating I indulge myself in ways I otherwise might not.

Mar 25, 2020

Holding it Together (with WONDER CLIPS) + More Movie Links!

Friends, when I read that Amazon was holding off on shipping orders of non-essentials, I assumed this bag of 100 generic "Wonder" style clips I'd ordered last week would be delayed for who knows how long.

Mar 19, 2020

Let's Go to the Movies!

Friends, I don't have anything sewing-related I want to share today so let's talk old movies.

Mar 17, 2020

Sewing-related (and non-sewing related) UPDATES

Friends, it's hard to believe our MPB Winter Frolic was only nine days ago--New York City already feels like a very different place.

Mar 8, 2020

MPB Day WINTER FROLIC 2020 -- Keep Calm and Buy Fabric! 

Friends, I certainly don't want to make light of the serious global health threat represented by the Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, not to be confused with Product 19, the popular Kellogg's breakfast cereal of yore.

Mar 3, 2020

What Shall I Wear to the Winter Frolic?

Readers, I can hardly believe it but the MPB Day Winter Frolic is this coming Saturday, March 7th!  (Details can be found here.)

Feb 23, 2020

Sewing Machines on Craigslist: The Good, The Bad, and the Rusty

In my experience, Craigslist is an excellent resource for sewing machines, vintage or otherwise.

Feb 17, 2020

The VEST of Everything

Readers, until last week I had only ever sewn one men's vest (above), which I created as part of a men's pattern drafting class I took at FIT three years ago.

Feb 9, 2020

Wearable Muslin MADNESS: My Davy Crockett Shirt in Microsuede!

Readers, every once in a while the test version of a new (to me) pattern exceeds my expectations.

Feb 3, 2020

Whatever Happened to the Davy Crockett Shirt?

Friends, do you ever get Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone confused or am I the only one?

Jan 30, 2020

Amazing Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Joins the Family!

Friends, something wonderful happened to me last week: I purchased a vintage sewing machine that has stolen my heart.

Jan 26, 2020

10-Year Blogiversary + 5 Reasons I Still Blog

Friends, last week marked my 10-year blogiversary.

Jan 19, 2020

The 1980's Jacket Project

It's always interesting to me to trace the origins of my sewing projects.

Jan 12, 2020

Mismatched Plaid -- YEA or NAY?

Readers, last week while I was walking my dogs I captured the back of what I thought was a very unusual plaid coat. 

Jan 6, 2020

The Environmental Impact of Home Sewing: Should We Care?

Readers, hardly a day goes by when we're not reminded in the media about the environmental crisis.

Jan 1, 2020

Saying Good-bye to the Chelsea Flea Market

Friends, it's never easy to say good-bye to something or someone you love.
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