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Sep 26, 2016

Marimekko Pants -- THE BIG REVEAL!


Friends, the pants are finished!  Below are a few shots Michael just took of me in them.

First, a reminder that these are the cropped pants pattern from the Japanese pattern book "Men's Clothes For All Seasons," which I bought last month at Kinokuniya bookstore.  I made no alterations and they came out looking just like the photo.  (I love when that happens.)  I made the size Medium, which translates roughly as 30-31" waist.



Cropped pants seem to be having their moment.  They aren't for everybody and I'll admit, they don't work with everything I own, but what does?  They do look sharp with the red work jacket I recently made from the same book, however. 




Here I am standing nonchalantly in front of a UPS truck.  At MPB Industries, we like to keep it fresh!




I may try making a shirt from this pattern book next month.  In the meantime, I think I've done justice to this very cool Marimekko fabric (which, you may recall, I found at the Chelsea flea market last winter and split with my friend Johanna).  I love a panel print and this is an excellent one.

Have a great day, everybody!


Sep 22, 2016

My Marimekko Pants Project


Last December I bought this intriguing Marimekko panel print at the Chelsea flea market.

Sep 19, 2016

Red Cotton Work Jacket REVEALED!


Readers, not even last Saturday night's bomb explosion (which took place just three blocks from my apartment) could keep me from sharing my new red cotton work jacket with you today.

Please check out the entire photo shoot here.

Sep 17, 2016

You Say Tomato, I Say Cranberry: What Color IS My Jacket?

Friends, did you know that red, specifically aurora red (18-1550), is one of the ten colors featured in Pantone's Fall 2016 Color Report?

Sep 14, 2016

Japanese Pattern Book Project #1 -- The Work Jacket


My next project is going to be the jacket featured on the cover of Men's Clothes For All Seasons, a Japanese pattern book with roughly 22 different men's patterns featured in it.

I hope eventually to try them all.

Sep 11, 2016

Fabulous Flea Market Finds


Could a man wear a charm bracelet?

Should he?

Sep 8, 2016

Another NYC Fabric Store Bites the Dust


These are tough times for small independent fabric stores in New York City.

Sep 5, 2016

Hats, Hats, Hurray for Hats!


Friends, the balder older I get, the more I love hats.

Sep 1, 2016

Culling My Fabric Stash for National Sewing Month!


Readers, you probably have heard that September is National Sewing Month.

To celebrate, I decided to spend a few hours doing an inventory of my fabric stash and getting rid of stuff I'm unlikely to ever sew with.  As you can see up top, I had four bags' worth of discards.  Off to the thrift store they went; we kept the dog.

Aug 29, 2016

Home Again + Back to School


I'm home again, readers.

All over Provincetown, where we were on vacation last week, I saw these medallions embedded in the streets (up top), which I interpreted as welcome signs to us creative types. What else could they be?

Aug 18, 2016

Peter at the Manus x Machina Exhibit + New Pattern Book + More Jacket Pics!




Readers, today I finally got my a** over to the Manus x Machina exhibit at the Met Museum Costume Institute.

Aug 16, 2016

Peter Models the Wool Camo Jacket!


Friends, I know what you're thinking:

Peter is sewing camouflage?  This from the person who eschewed G.I. Joe dolls for Barbies?

Well it's true.  And you can see the results right this very minute by clicking HERE.

Aug 14, 2016

MPB Day 2016 -- HEAT, HUMIDITY, HULA HOOPS!


Readers, yesterday's sixth annual MPB Day summer event was a hot hit!

Aug 12, 2016

'Twas the Night Before MPB Day + Camo Jacket UPDATE!


Friends, tomorrow's the big day: our sixth annual MPB Day celebration, seventh if you count last March's Winter Frolic.

Aug 10, 2016

And the Cold Weather Sewing Begins!


Sure, the weather outside is hot and unbearably humid, but inside, I'm thinking November!
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