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Sep 23, 2014

Peter Models the Completed Mountain Parka!

Friends, today is the first day of fall (Happy fall!) and my parka is finished.

You can see me model it here.

I think it's a pretty good facsimile of the classic 60/40 mountain parka, though I can't vouch for the fabric being a 60/40 cotton/nylon blend like the original.

I added the final finishing touches -- six gripper snaps -- yesterday afternoon.

I'm so glad I ordered two packages of these, because neither package had six complete sets like they claim.  (Both had only five of the button tops along with varying numbers of the other pieces -- as many as eight).  How difficult is it to count to six?

Anyway, all six snaps went in perfectly.  It took time to measure and mark carefully on both sides and to cut the tiny hole in the fabric, but once I did, hammering them in was very straightforward.

Once again I was able to avail myself of my trusty mallet, purchased more than twenty years ago at the flea market when I was playing "Rancid Harry," the village leper and handyman, at the New York Renaissance Festival.  All I have left from that experience are my memories -- and my mallet.

This morning was very fall-like (cool, mid 50's), so it was actually great to be wearing a parka during our photo shoot.

Did you know this classic mountain parka -- first designed in 1968 -- has a cult following in Japan?  (You can read more about the original design here.)

Anyway, it's great to be finished with this challenging project.  Onwards and upwards, I always say.

Have a great day, everybody!

Sep 20, 2014

Parka Post #3 - Hoods, Cuffs + Baby's First Grommet

Friends, at last I can see the light at the end of the tunnel vis-a-vis this parka project.  If I had my snaps in hand, I could probably finish tomorrow.  Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for them to arrive in the mail, so Monday at the earliest.

Sep 18, 2014

Sep 16, 2014

Parka Project Post #1 - Pockets

The parka project has commenced.

Sep 14, 2014

My Mojo Says "Parka"

My mojo has returned.  It's not quite as strong as it could be but I'll take what I can get.

Sep 12, 2014

Inspiration Post: Harper's Bazaar, June 1955

I may be on a temporary sewing hiatus, but I'm certainly not on an inspiration hiatus.

Sep 10, 2014

FIVE TIPS for Downsizing Your Fabric Stash (or anything else)

Digging out the bedroom: there's a bed under there somewhere!

Despite my having written many posts about decluttering, one of the areas I've never tackled is my fabric stash.

Sep 6, 2014

The Mystery of the Missing Mojo

Readers, I can't explain it.

Sep 3, 2014

NAME THAT PATTERN: End-of-Summer Edition!

Friends, now that it's back-to-school season, it's time to put our thinking caps back on and play another round of MPB's exclusive pattern-naming game, NAME THAT PATTERN!

Sep 1, 2014

What I Did On My Summer Vacation + New Patterns

I'm back from the Cape, readers!

Aug 22, 2014

Swimsuits 2, 3, & 4 (including Michael's Marc Jacobs Floral Print Square Cut)

Readers, in one of those "only could happen to Peter" moments of which I experience so many, I was walking the dogs yesterday when what do I discover discarded at a nearby curb but a pile of clean swimwear knit remnants (above).  I took it as a sign that I am aligned with my purpose.

Aug 21, 2014

Swimsuit #1: Square-Cut Tropical Print (NSFW?)

Let's face it: there's not a lot of tailoring in a mens swimsuit.  It's basically two or three pieces of fabric stitched together with the top folded-over to create a casing for a drawstring.  But it has to fit.  And ideally it's finished in a professional way.  That's my ideal anyway.

Aug 20, 2014

My New Summer Outfit -- Modeled TODAY!

My finished project is live today -- just click here.

A confession: I had the two fabrics above sitting in my stash for a year. 

Aug 19, 2014

Three Days to Whip Up Some Swimsuits

With my latest shirts and linen shorts finished (they debut tomorrow), I still have three days to sew some last-minute holiday togs.

Aug 18, 2014

Working on My Linen Shorts + How I Nearly Burned the House Down

So let me start with the burning the house down part, since it's clearly more newsworthy than a pair of linen shorts.
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