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Apr 29, 2016

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



Lots to tell today, readers!

Yesterday, Willy had to have some dental work at the Humane Society, where we take him for veterinary care, and they ended up extracting ten (!) teeth.  This despite the fact that we do brush his teeth on a regular basis; I think it's a chihuahua thing.  Incredibly, he's completely fine today: healthy appetite, normal energy.  I don't get it.



After I dropped him off for his dentistry, I biked down to Chinatown, where I had some vintage eyeglass frames made into non-prescription sunglasses.  It was cheap and took just an hour and a half.  While I waited I poked around the nabe.  Lots of exotic (to me) treats.   I even stumbled upon a store that inserts rivets and snaps.











Exotic dishes galore!





After I picked up my glasses (above), I did a little fabric shopping.  Check out this silver coated wool boucle at Mood!





I bought three yards of this cool crinkled black nylon quilted over poly batting.  I think it would make an amazing coat or jacket.



Also this lightweight striped linen.



Last night I scooped up two super-cheap vintage men's patterns on eBay.  I know nothing about Sew Easy patterns but these look like fun.  Ever heard of them?





Today I registered to take an intensive draping course at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  It runs just five weeks (end of May to end of June) but meets four nights a week.  I hope to continue with tailoring in the fall.

Speaking of tailoring, I'm finishing up my second skirt, to be submitted for review in two weeks (our last class).  I've loved my Ladies Tailoring class and I've learned a ton.





And that's it!  Lots of sewing planned for the next few days and into next week.  Hope your projects are going well.

Have a great day, everybody!

Apr 25, 2016

Giveaway Winner + 5 BIGGEST CHALLENGES HOME SEWING FACES



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.

Apr 10, 2016

Apr 8, 2016

Muslining a Vintage Sixties Swimsuit Pattern



I own about half a dozen vintage men's swimsuit patterns, which I've picked up over the years mainly on eBay and Etsy.

Apr 3, 2016

The State of Home Sewing 2016 -- What's Your Perspective?



If you haven't heard already, the Hancock Fabrics chain, with more than 250 stores in 39 American states, is closing.

Apr 1, 2016

My First Brand New Sewing Machine or "Hello, Kitty!"



Readers, say hello to the first brand new sewing machine I've ever purchased!

Mar 29, 2016

Mar 27, 2016

The $99 Sewing Machine Challenge!



I know a lot about vintage sewing machines.
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