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Dec 20, 2014

The (Slightly) Shortened Shacket + New Fabric, New Patterns

Sometimes you need the distance of a few days to realize that a completed garment could benefit from a tweak.

After looking at the photos of me in my wool plaid shacket and wearing it around town last week, I realized it needed work.  Worn as an overshirt, it reached down a little longer than I liked, and worn inside my pants there was a bit too much fabric to tuck in comfortably.  So I did what any of you would have done: I shortened it. 

I think this is an improvement and more flattering on a short guy like me.

In other news, MPB reader Michael C. has once again gifted me vintage patterns from his seemingly bottomless stash.

Burda 8143 (below) is such an 80's classic but I'm not sure it has aged well.  What do you think: gem or atrocity?

It reminds me of this outfit modeled decades ago in Vogue by Janice Dickinson. I believe Princess Stephanie of Monaco also wore something similar in a music video.

Michael also sent me this Butterick Retro pattern.  I love me a good peplum.

I also have some new fabric: organic white denim.  Being the somewhat slobby person I am, I tend to  avoid white anything, but I'm hoping with the aid of a little bleach I can keep whatever I make (jeans?) looking bright, or at least whitish.

And that's it!  I hope those of you immersed in holiday sewing are enjoying high productivity.

Have a great day, everybody!

(There was only one Princess Stephanie -- thank God.)

Dec 18, 2014

Dec 16, 2014

Progress on the Wool Shacket (Shirt Jacket)

I am not quite done with my shacket, readers, but I'm getting close.

Dec 12, 2014

My Next Project: a Shacket!

When I recently saw a photo of this snazzy wool "Patrol shirt jacket" on the Cadet website, I immediately thought, I can whip up one of those -- and for a whole lot less than $228! (fabric and notions only, not labor; sewing is my joy, not my job).

Dec 9, 2014

70's Bedsheet Score + Keeping Up With Technology

I knew when I started reading complaints about my choice of boring muslin fabrics in my last post's comments, I had to do something and fast.

Dec 3, 2014

Dec 1, 2014


I love to sew, obviously.  What I'm not a big fan of is mending. 

Nov 29, 2014

Battle of the Turtlenecks: And the winner is....!

This has to be one of the sorriest sights I've ever photographed (click pic to super-dupersize).

Nov 28, 2014

This and Hat

To those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you.  To the rest, happy Friday!

Nov 26, 2014

Back It Goes + Coat Muslin Progress

The vast majority of you who commented yesterday will be happy to know that the light blue L.L. Bean turtleneck I modeled yesterday is headed back to Maine, free of charge (to me).

Nov 25, 2014

Keep or Return? or "The Unbearable Cheapness of Bean"

Is it me or have men's cotton turtlenecks nearly vanished from mainstream fashion?

Nov 24, 2014

On With the Sew

Readers, thank you so much for your many words of support regarding my mother's injury.

She asked me to send along her thanks as well.  My mom's doing somewhat better: eating (not enough but some), pushing through her exercises with her physical therapists, and even -- this is a big one -- accepting phone calls and visits from a few friends.  I see her most days and I'm actually enjoying the trips, believe it or not.  Being able to bicycle to the hospital (well, near it) helps too.

Nov 21, 2014

A Difficult Week

Not great news that could have been much, much worse.

Nov 19, 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole of Japanese Men's Style Magazines!

I've been aware of the fascinating world of Japanese men's style magazines for a few years now.

Nov 17, 2014


Friends, I am delighted to announce the latest version of MPB's exclusive pattern-naming game: NAME THAT PATTERN, 100% Gluten-Free.  Now you can indulge in the revelry without worry of tummy upset.  Bean-based, it's more digestible and more nutritious too!  
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