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May 29, 2015

Enough Muslins -- Let's Get Started!

I could certainly have made a few more muslins before cutting into my fashion fabric for my mother's blouse, but since I paid $5 for this cotton print (at Metro Textiles), the stakes aren't very high.

Any tweaks I need to make I'll make to the garment itself.  As you can see above, I've completed the two fronts, the yokes, and the back.  You may recall that on the latest muslin, the back looked like this:

I added a full 1 1/2" to the back neckline.  If there's too much, I'll trim.  Better too much than too little. 

I still haven't decided what kind of collar I want to add; I may just go with a narrow band.  My mother generally doesn't wear shirts with collars and her neck is short.

Today, while trying on the muslin, she asked if I thought the print looked too young for her.  I said, not at all.  It's certainly not neutral, but I think it brings a lot of color to her face, don't you?  It's cheerful.

Tomorrow I'll tackle the sleeves and hopefully finish it by Sunday.

Hope your sewing projects are going well.

Have a great day, everybody!

May 27, 2015

Mom's Muslin #2 -- Simplicity 2339

Yesterday a few of you suggested that I work from a smaller pattern to create a well-fitting blouse for my mother.

May 26, 2015

Mom's Blouse -- Muslin 1

For a first stab, this blouse muslin is not terrible.  Frankly, it fits no worse than most of the ready-to-wear tops my mother generally wears.

May 24, 2015

Sewing for Mom + My New Hat

I have the fabric, I have the mother, now I just have to get started.

May 21, 2015

Fabric Shopping With My Friend Lenore!

Meet Lenore -- a super person, talented handbag designer, and FABULOUS friend to go fabric shopping with!

May 19, 2015

Holy Hibiscus! -- Michael Models the Tropical Print Blazer!

Would you believe that a few short years ago I couldn't have identified a hibiscus if my life depended on it?  Not anymore!

Michael's oversized hibiscus print blazer is finished and you can see him model it this very minute it by simply clicking here.

May 18, 2015

Finishing Touches on the Blazer + New Fabric!

Friends, I am happy to report that the blazer is finished -- well, almost finished: I still need to insert the sleeve lining.

May 15, 2015

MPB -- Now 33% BIGGER!

Readers, it was time.

Today MPB got its first-ever upgrade.

May 12, 2015

Sunglasses for Mom et al.

As most of you know, last Sunday was Mother's Day.

May 9, 2015

Sport Jacket Progress + Job Opening at Mood

After agonizing for a day or two about my fabric, I jumped into my sport jacket project and I'm not looking back.

May 6, 2015

What I'm Making With My Hibiscus Print + New Dress Patterns

Readers, I've made a decision about my wild hibiscus print fabric: I'm going to make an informal summer blazer, using Vogue 9445 (up top) from 1958.

May 3, 2015


Friends, if you're an old movie buff like I am, you're probably a fan of Mary Astor.

Mary was best known as more of a supporting player than a lead, but if you've ever seen The Maltese Falcon, Midnight, The Great Lie (for which she won an Oscar) or The Palm Beach Story, you've seen Mary Astor at her best.  What better way to celebrate Mary's hundred-and-ninth birthday than with a very special round of the Internet's favorite pattern-naming game, NAME THAT PATTERN!

Apr 30, 2015

Repairing My Parka + What Would YOU Make With This Fabric?

My mountain parka (above) is one of my all-time favorite sewing projects.

Apr 27, 2015

Vogue 8889 Men's Shirt Reveal or "Hello Voile-y"

Friends, I am happy to report that I finished my cotton voile shirt over the weekend.

Apr 24, 2015

Oh, You Beautiful Voile!

Today I started my latest project, a shirt made from the gray floral cotton voile I purchased last month at Elliott Berman.  It's a very delicate, finely woven fabric from France.
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