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Aug 29, 2016

Home Again + Back to School

I'm home again, readers.

All over Provincetown, where we were on vacation last week, I saw these medallions embedded in the streets (up top), which I interpreted as welcome signs to us creative types. What else could they be?

Michael and I had a week of glorious weather on the Cape.  We generally don't do much when we're on vacation: we read, stroll, drink coffee, and relax.  We didn't even go to the beach this year.  (Though I did swim in the bay, which was steps away from where we were staying.)  We ate lobster once.  One highlight was getting to see Broadway star Audra McDonald perform in concert -- magnificent!

A few pics from our trip -- can you spot the me-mades?

As Amtrak has changed its no-dogs-allowed policy, this year we were able to travel on the train with the dogs to Boston, and from Boston take a high-speed ferry directly to Provincetown, which is at the very tip of Cape Cod.  This meant we didn't have to rent a car or drive, which can easily take 6-7 hours.  The trip by train and ferry wasn't much faster, but we were able to sit back and enjoy the ride and we arrived feeling refreshed instead of frazzled.

Meanwhile, readers, I start classes at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) again tomorrow evening.  This semester, I'm taking Draping II and Tailoring III.  I had been signed up for Tailoring II (whose focus is pants), but there weren't enough students registered, so they cancelled it.  I went to the department today to request permission to take Tailoring III, which is being offered. Fortunately, they okayed it, and I'll take Tailoring II next time.  Tailoring III is all about making jackets and will be taught by the same professor I had for Tailoring I last spring.  I'm psyched.

And that's it!

I can't believe it's time to return to school already but I'm eager to get back to class.  As always, I'll keep you posted about what I've been learning.

Have a great day, everybody!

"Are we home yet?"

Aug 18, 2016

Peter at the Manus x Machina Exhibit + New Pattern Book + More Jacket Pics!

Readers, today I finally got my a** over to the Manus x Machina exhibit at the Met Museum Costume Institute.

Aug 16, 2016

Peter Models the Wool Camo Jacket!

Friends, I know what you're thinking:

Peter is sewing camouflage?  This from the person who eschewed G.I. Joe dolls for Barbies?

Well it's true.  And you can see the results right this very minute by clicking HERE.

Aug 14, 2016


Readers, yesterday's sixth annual MPB Day summer event was a hot hit!

Aug 12, 2016

'Twas the Night Before MPB Day + Camo Jacket UPDATE!

Friends, tomorrow's the big day: our sixth annual MPB Day celebration, seventh if you count last March's Winter Frolic.

Aug 10, 2016

And the Cold Weather Sewing Begins!

Sure, the weather outside is hot and unbearably humid, but inside, I'm thinking November!

Aug 7, 2016

NAME THAT PATTERN: Billie Burke Birthday Edition!

You know her as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz, but before that, Billie Burke (b. Aug 7, 1884) was the famous Ziegfeld beauty who married her boss, Florenz Ziegfeld himself!  She then went on to play ditzy matrons in countless golden era Hollywood films, including such classics as Dinner at Eight and Father of the Bride.

Aug 4, 2016

Eat Your Heart Out, Ralph Lauren! Peter's Original Polo Union Suit

Readers, ever since I wrote about a 1920's union suit I bought on eBay two years ago, I've gotten frequent inquiries about where one might find a pair just like it, or whether I'd made a pattern to make one.

Aug 1, 2016

New Month, New Fabric, New Projects!

No, you're not seeing double.

Michael and I wore our matching shirts to a workshop this weekend with Ariel & Shya Kane, and this happened: pure serendipity.  These are our friends Ralf and Arne from Germany and we were excited to coordinate so well with them, especially since the workshop was all about creativity and intuition.

Jul 27, 2016

My Final Class Project (and a few others)

Yesterday was my last day of patternmaking class: we presented our final projects and received our reviews.

You can see my jacket in motion here.

Jul 24, 2016

Drafting My First Notched Collar

You probably know what a notched collar is, but if you don't, the illustration above should make it clear.

Jul 21, 2016

Michael Models My Swiss Dot Creation!

Friends, today's the day!

You can see Michael model the new summer outfit I made him here.

Jul 15, 2016

Patternmaking Class Project #2: Shawl-Collar Jacket

Friends, this week I drafted my own pattern for a double-breasted, shawl-collared, raglan-sleeved, princess-seamed ladies jacket.

Say that ten times fast!

Jul 12, 2016

Vintage 70's Men's Pullover Shirt in Patchwork!

This weekend I decided to use some patchwork fabric I've had in my stash for a few years now, which I purchased at Metro Textiles (the end of a bolt) for a song.
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