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May 3, 2015


Friends, if you're an old movie buff like I am, you're 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!

The rules of the game are simple: I post photos of patterns I've found online, and you give them names.  We have some fantastic prizes in store, including a false eyelash reputed to have belonged to Mary Astor herself!

With no further delay, let's play NAME THAT PATTERN!

Here's Pattern #1:

Can't be topped?  Take a look at Pattern #2!

From the absurd to the ridiculous -- here's Pattern #3!

No introduction necessary: Pattern #4!

Last but not least, it's Pattern #5

But wait!  As always, we have our bonus pattern for those who simply can't get enough.  Behold Pattern #6!

Friends and Mary Astor fans, I've hoped you've enjoyed playing this round of NAME THAT PATTERN.  As you know, you can name all the patterns above, or simply the ones that inspire you.  (Naturally, if you want to win the eyelash, you'll have to name them all.)  We'll all be playing here at our house -- maybe even my Mom too!

On your marks, get set, 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.

Apr 21, 2015

Yee-Haw -- Peter Models the Western Shirt!

Readers, the Western shirt is done, pearl snaps and all!

To see me model it, just click here.

Apr 18, 2015

The Western (or Cowboy) Shirt -- YEA or NAY?

Readers, it didn't dawn on me till I was halfway through the chambray shirt I'm making that it's really a modified cowboy shirt.

Apr 15, 2015

Working on a Chambray Shirt

I saw this shirt, from Levi's vintage line, on Pinterest recently and I really liked it.

Apr 12, 2015

Weekend Knit Shirt Drama

I don't sew with cotton knits very often, readers.  Here's why:

Apr 9, 2015

New Pattern, New Fabric, New DECLUTTERING!

I can't remember whether I showed you this beautiful gray cotton lawn I picked up last month at Elliot Berman.

Apr 6, 2015

Vogue Spring Fashions -- of 1942!

As anyone who follows me on Pinterest already knows, I am a big fan of vintage department store display, Sixties hairdos, and -- most especially -- Forties fashion.  

Apr 3, 2015

MPB EXCLUSIVE: An entire BOOK about the sewing pattern industry!!!

Last Saturday my friend Johanna lent me a library copy of A History of the Paper Pattern Industry, written by Joy Spanabel Emery and published by Bloomsbury in 2014.

Mar 31, 2015

Mar 28, 2015

My Fish Print Shirt Adventure

Readers, I am actually making a shirt for neither me nor Michael but rather for a mystery client!

Mar 25, 2015

Peter Models the Zip-Front Hoodie and Tan Dress Pants!

The hoodie is officially in the house!  To see me modeling it, just click here.

Mar 22, 2015

What is "Comfort Sewing"?

Readers, do you ever engage in the sewing equivalent of meatloaf with gravy and mashed potatoes -- henceforth to be referred to as comfort sewing?
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