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Jun 28, 2016

New Summer Separates: Geometric Print Shirt + Linen Shorts!

Isn't that the coolest print shirting you've ever seen?

Readers, you can see me modeling my new summer outfit right this very minute by simply clicking here!

Wait -- perhaps you didn't even know there was a new summer outfit in the works.  That, I suspect, is because you don't follow me on Instagram.   These days, that's the best place to find the most up-to-date info on my sewing projects.   It's so much faster to post there than to craft a blog post.

An interesting factoid about my shirting fabric: I bought it for a client (whom you'll be meeting soon) and loved it so much I picked up more for myself.  The two projects I made from it are different in style but it's cool to see more than one thing made up in a particular fabric, don't you think?

Inside yoke and collar stand lined in Liberty of London remnant.

I practically live in clothes like these during the summer: casual enough to be comfortable but sufficiently put-together so that I can wear them to, say, my new patternmaking class at FIT (which started earlier today).  Yes, I impulsively decided to continue my studies this summer, and am taking a second-level intensive flat patternmaking class that meets three days a week for the next five weeks (much like my draping class).  Much more about that in the days and weeks ahead.

And what did I wear to class this morning?  This very outfit!

(Who doesn't like new school clothes?)

Have a great day, everybody!

Jun 24, 2016

Jun 17, 2016

Beginning of the End: Draping Class Week 4 (of 5)

Readers, it's hard to believe it but I have only one more week (and a day) of draping class!

Jun 13, 2016

Draping Class -- What I Learned in Week 3

Three weeks down, two weeks (and a day) to go!

Jun 9, 2016

Wouldn't You Have Bought This Fabric Too?

Readers, I was fabric shopping earlier in the week with an old friend -- more about her in a bit -- when I saw this sign at Fabrics For Less on 39th St. (now combined with Chic Fabrics).  Behind it was a cute vintage tractor-print -- quilting cotton really -- for just $1.99 a yard.  It took a few days for me to make up my mind, but I was back there this morning and grabbed, alas, the last four yards.

Jun 6, 2016


Wait! Wasn't it August just, like, a month ago?

Seems that way, but my calendar tells me that it's already time to announce our Sixth Annual MPB Day, scheduled for Saturday, August 13th, 2016!

Jun 3, 2016

Draping Round-Up: WEEK 2!

Readers, I'm two weeks into my five week draping class and wow, are we moving along!

Jun 1, 2016

NAME THAT PATTERN -- Finally It's June Edition!

June is here at last -- a glorious sun-shiny day here in NYC -- and it's time to play!

May 27, 2016

Draping Class -- Week 1 Wrap-up!

Yesterday I completed the first week of my intensive Draping I class (4 nights a week for 5 weeks) at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).  It was thrilling -- and intense.

May 26, 2016

The Crop Top for Men (and Women) -- YEA or NAY?

Readers, it has come to this.

May 24, 2016

Sewing With Stripes -- Do You Do It?

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

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.
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