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May 24, 2016

Sewing With Stripes -- Do You Do It?

My draping class started last night and so far, so good.

Our professor explained that we're going to be working a lot with striped fabric and our final project is going to be a striped dress.  Now, I have worked with a whole lot of plaids and floral fabrics over the years, but I can count on one hand the projects I've made with stripes.  I own quite a bit of striped fabric, I just rarely use it.

Our professor has encouraged us to start clipping photos of striped garments we like and I've already started my own Pinterest inspiration board (labelled, natch, Stripes!) which you can see here.

I don't know why I haven't sewn with stripes more often.  I guess I often think of stripes as a little dull, at least as they generally appear in menswear.  (You may recall that I wrote a post about stripes four years ago, when I was putting together a bathing ensemble for my cousin Cathy.)

An excellent resource for using stripes creatively is the book Decorative Dressmaking.  There's a lot of inspiration in this book and I'm sure I'll be referring to it during my 5-week intensive draping class.

Stripes are prominent in the new Fashion Institute of Technology Museum exhibit, Uniformity, which I caught this afternoon.  (We'll be visiting again on MPB Day on August 13th.)  I loved it.

I'm excited about working with stripes, I really am.  Looking through my iPhoto photo albums, I have a lot of images of striped garments and fabrics that excite me.

Friends, how about you?

Are you a fan of stripes, be they vertical, horizontal, on the bias, or draped in some other way, and do you sew with them often?

Or do you find that, like me, you're more often drawn to solids, florals, and/or plaids -- who knows why?

When it comes down to it, are stripes boring and just a little bit too reminiscent of prison uniforms?

Your thoughts, please!

May 20, 2016

Mom Models the Eyelet Birthday Blouse!

Readers, my mom, Sonia, is modeling once again and, yes, I did dress her up in oversized sunglasses and hat she would never have worn herself -- stylist's prerogative.

You can see the results of our photo shoot here.

May 19, 2016

A Very Special Embroidered Eyelet Project

There are so many things you can make with embroidered eyelet, even a chihuahua fascinator!

Seriously, I've decided what to sew next and it's not zebra-print pants.  Instead, I'm making someone in my household an embroidered eyelet blouse.

May 17, 2016

What to Sew Next or "Would You Wear Zebra-Print Pants?"

Readers, would you wear zebra-print pants?

May 11, 2016

So You Want to Sew Men's Underwear....

One of the best projects for beginning sewists is underwear.

May 8, 2016

Weekend Sewing: Finishing Up My Ladies Tailoring Projects

Happy Mother's Day, everybody!

I found this old high school graduation photo of my mom's today (circa 1948) and thought I'd share it with you.  Teenagers don't look much like that anymore, do they?

May 4, 2016

Shopping For Bouclé + "I Underestimated This Fabric Store!"

Friends, I'm not formally participating in Me-Made May since I wear me-mades almost every day.

May 2, 2016

Things I Don't Get, Vol. 18 -- Red-Carpet Fashion Obsession

Tonight's the night, readers!

It's the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, which coincides with the opening of the Institute's latest show, "Manus X Machine: Fashion in an Age of Technology."

Apr 29, 2016

New Patterns, New Fabric, New FIT Class (Draping)!

Lots to tell today, readers!

Apr 25, 2016


First things first, friends.  The winner of last week's giveaway is....

Apr 21, 2016

My Birthday GIVEAWAY -- 1940's Draping Book!

It's my birthday today and I'm celebrating it with a giveaway!

Apr 18, 2016

Introducing the BOXTOP for Men!

Wait no longer, friends!

The revolutionary new men's garment is here.  It's called the BOXTOP, and you can see me model one right now.

Apr 16, 2016

NAME THAT PATTERN -- Now 100% Caffeine-Free!

Readers, over the years, many of you have reported experiencing sleep disturbances due to the excitement of playing MPB's exclusive pattern-naming game, NAME THAT PATTERN.

Apr 14, 2016

Best Sewing Machine Garbage Find EVER!

Readers, I know: yet another sewing machine found on the street.

I think this my sixth or seventh.  Without a doubt, it's my heaviest.  It weighs 37.5 lbs.  That's 10 lbs. more than my Bernina 930!

Apr 12, 2016

Just Don't Call It a Onesie: Making My Own "Calchemise"

If you follow me on Instagram, today's post won't come as a surprise.
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