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Jul 25, 2014

FINAL Williwear Post: Michael Rocks It!



OK, so Michael insisted he get to model McCalls 8536, the vintage Eighties Willwear top.  Or somebody insisted...

I think it looks great on him.  Something about the camo shorts and the black glasses balances the Dorothy Zbornak vibe, don't you think?





Fabric this treacly benefits from a bit of an edge.



Even with dark shorts, on me it's dated looking and, as one of you pointed out, my neck may be too long for the no-collar thing.  I look bird-like.



On Mary Porter, well -- it's not a fair comparison.



What do you think, readers?  I'm out of the "who wore it best" running, but how about between Mary and Michael?

I think it's time to put this garment behind me and move on.  I may -- may -- attempt this one more time this summer, perhaps narrowing the torso, raising the armhole, and using a less dated-looking fabric. 

But is it worth the trouble?

Have a great day, everybody!

Jul 24, 2014

Meet Mary Porter!



Friends, I am delighted to introduce my new colleague here at MPB, veteran sewing instructress Mary Porter!

Jul 23, 2014

In Praise of the One-Day Sewing Project -- McCall's 8536



Remember this vintage McCall's Williwear pattern from 1983?  Well today I made the top.  (You know this is basically a unisex pattern when a men's shirt is referred to in the instructions as a top.)

Jul 22, 2014

READER QUESTION: "How practical are white pants?"



On occasion an MPB reader will ask me for fashion or sewing advice.   It's flattering!

Jul 21, 2014

Kenmore Feed Dog FAIL -- What am I doing wrong? (With UPDATES)



Friends, if you watched yesterday's vlog, you know I've been doing some long-delayed maintenance on my beloved Kenmore 158.141, my go-to vintage zigzagger.

Jul 20, 2014

Sunday VLOG -- Sultry Summer Edition!



Readers, it's VLOG time again.  Mitzi's ready for her big number and so am I!

Jul 19, 2014

Coffee Table Fashion Books (in the age of Pinterest) -- YEA or NAY?



I used to own this exact same coffee table.  I ended up selling it when I got tired of telling people not to put their drinks down on it without a coaster -- a real drag.

Jul 18, 2014

Gearing Up for The Next Big Thing



Friends, I played hookey yesterday: I went to the beach at Fire Island with my friend Nora.

Jul 16, 2014

So You Want to Sew a Men's Suit -- Some Helpful Resources



I'll admit it: I find a men's suit to be one of the most challenging sewing projects to take on.

Jul 15, 2014

Modeling My Navy Blue Suit at Mood!



Friends, as promised, my suit -- the first I've completed that wasn't made out of a vintage bedsheet, btw -- is live and ready for your inspection on the Mood Sewing Network.  Just click here.

Jul 13, 2014

Invasion of the Killer VLOG!


It's out there in the night.  It's coming closer and closer...

Jul 11, 2014

NAME THAT PATTERN: Matchy-matchy Semi-Finals!



Readers, the last season of MPB's exclusive pattern-naming game, NAME THAT PATTERN, proved that there exist among you some very talented players who are ready to step it up a level.

Jul 10, 2014

When Bad Things Happen to Good Pockets



Friends, I have good news and bad news.

Jul 9, 2014

"Just the pants, ma'am"



I have a very bad habit.

Jul 8, 2014

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