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Jul 29, 2014

Linen Pinstripe Drawstring Pants for Michael

Occasionally I buy fabric with a certain project in mind but end up using it for something else entirely.

Such was the case with this pinstripe linen.  Look closely at the weave.  Is this a knit or a crepe?  It has a crepe-like texture (somewhat spongy) but it's very loosely woven.  It's shifty and prone to fraying -- a lot.

If it were a knit, wouldn't it be stretchy?  (It isn't.)  If it were crepe, wouldn't it be more densely woven?  The label on the bolt only said linen.

It's not worth going into what I originally thought I'd do with this, but after washing it I realized it had to be something very (very) drapey.  I decided to make drawstring pants, using the same vintage John Weitz McCalls pattern (5944) I'd use to make linen shorts last month.

The drawstring pants came out fine -- nothing to write home about but certainly worth a blog post.  I wish I'd thought about matching the pinstripes in the seat -- an unfortunate oversight, though it will probably be covered up with a shirttail most of the time.

I ran the stripes horizontal on the back pocket just to make things interesting.

I still have to make the matching drawstring, but here's the front view.  There's a front patch pocket too but it's hard to see since it's on the same vertical.

Black and white pinstripes are so closely associated with men's suits that they look a little strange to me as drawstring pants, but the pants very comfortable and would be a nice thing to wear to dinner at some beach resort -- I just have to get to some beach resort (end of August, I hope).

And that's it: another one-day project completed.

Have a great day, everybody!

PS - Any idea what my linen weave is?

Jul 27, 2014

Hello, VLOGGY!

Friends, once again I am delighted to present my latest VLOG extravaganza.

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...

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

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