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Oct 9, 2015

Why I Gave Away My Miyake Coat + More Shirtmaking!

One of my favorite projects of 2014 was the leopard print Issey Miyake coat I made as part of the Mood Sewing Network.  So glamorous!

Alas, my life is much less glamorous than this coat.  Which is why, after a year of having it hang in my closet, I decided to give it away.

This garment needs to be worn by someone with a dramatic flair and an innate sense of glamour.  My dear friend Susan Finch -- actress, speech coach (at Julliard, where she's also an alum), and woman-about-town is just that person!

Susan and I may do a more formal photo shoot some day (that doesn't include her smart phone).  But I think you can see in these quick shots that Susan, who has the quick wit and brilliant timing of the late Rosalind Russell, was born to wear this coat. 

Best of all, Susan truly loves it.  I love the fact that it's being worn; the extra room in my closet's just icing on the cake.

Meanwhile, I sewed my little heart out today and still found time to get my flu shot.  (Have you gotten yours?)  Here's a quick peek at what I've been working on:

And that's it. 

In closing, have you ever given away something you'd sewed because you knew it suited someone else better and they'd get more joy out of it?

Did it feel good to know it was going to a good home? -- a bit like Jay's grandmother's fabric I suppose.

Have a great day, everybody!

Oct 7, 2015

BREAKING: MPB Reader Donates Grandmother's Stash to Peter!

Imagine my delight when, a few days ago, I received an email from MPB reader and fellow native New Yorker Jay (above) asking if I might be interested in his late grandmother's stash of vintage fabric, which had been stored in his family's attic for at least four decades.

Oct 5, 2015

Honk If You Like My Sewing Label

For my first-ever sewing label, I opted to go for the handcrafted hipster look.

Oct 2, 2015

New Fabric, New Books, and MORE!

I went fabric shopping this week and the theme was cotton flannel.  No neoprene for me -- yet.

Sep 29, 2015

Things I Don't Get, Vol. 16 -- The Neoprene Craze

Neoprene -- you know, the stuff they make wetsuits out of -- is now a popular fashion fabric!

Sep 26, 2015

And speaking of al.

Readers, today we visited a wonderful street fair/flea market that takes place once a year just a block from my apartment building.

Sep 24, 2015

Peter Models the Plaid Overcoat!

My coat is finished!  You can see me model it here.

Sep 22, 2015

Ponchos for Men -- YEA or NAY?

Readers, I have never been a fan of the poncho.

Sep 18, 2015

Plaid Overcoat Progress + More Pattern Drafting!

My plaid Burda overcoat is coming along slowly but surely.

Sep 15, 2015

Remaking a Coat Pattern from Six Years Ago, et al.

Readers, I don't know how I managed it, but six years ago, with little more than two months' sewing experience under my belt, I made Burda 7780 (above).  It turned out pretty nice, especially from a distance.

Sep 10, 2015

Sep 8, 2015

Say Hello to My New Elna Grasshopper!

Readers, this has been a good week for me sewing machine-wise and it's only Tuesday!

Sep 6, 2015

Home Again + TWO New Sewing Machines!

Friends, you can exhale -- I'm back!

Aug 28, 2015

I'll See You In September!

Vacation Eve!

I have not been out of town in a very long time and I'm really looking forward to a break in my routine.  Can't wait to eat some lobster!

Aug 25, 2015

Modeling My New Summer Outfit or "Pink Pants-a--palooza"

Readers, my last Mood outfit of the summer is complete!

Click here to see it.
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