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Aug 28, 2015

I'll See You In September!



Vacation Eve!

I have not been out of town in a very long time and I'm really looking forward to a break in my routine.  Can't wait to eat some lobster!



I spent most of today sewing what I think is going to be a very beautiful shirt (I'm a very last-minute packer).  I love the fabric and it's a pleasure to sew with.



Oddly enough, though I have many, many shades of blue thread, I didn't have the right one for this particular blue, so early this morning I whizzed up to Sil Thread on 38th St., where of course I found what I needed.  Love that place!



The back yoke of the shirt is cut on the bias.  It's subtle but I like it.



Here's a little video of me topstitching -- not sure if you have to have an Instagram account to see it, hope not.

I also needed a contrast fabric for the solid blue below right, a very different blue from the one up top.  The print I chose (on the left) is likely to be used for the inside collar, inside pocket flaps -- if there are any -- and maybe the front placket on the button (right) side, which is largely covered by the buttonhole (left) side.  Of course, on a woman's blouse it's just the opposite.   Anyway, it's not going to be highly visible but will add a bit of interest.



And that's it.  I've been running a lot lately, and Provincetown is one of my all-time favorite places to run (but not to swim, oddly enough).  I've been adjusting to the most minimal running shoes I've ever worn, called Zero shoes.  They're the closest thing to barefoot and I'm totally sold on them.  I wear mine with five-toed socks.  Pretty wacky, right?



In closing, I wish all of you a great week and I will see you soon! 

PS -- I should be posting daily to Instagram if you want to see some vacay pics before my return.  Have smartphone, will travel!

Aug 25, 2015

Modeling My New Summer Outfit or "Pink Pants-a--palooza"



Readers, my last Mood outfit of the summer is complete!

Click here to see it.

Aug 23, 2015

Liked It So Much, I Made Another!



One of the garments I'm complimented on most frequently when I wear it is the blue cotton shawl-collar sweater I made a little over a year ago.

Aug 21, 2015

The Mystery of Phoebus Dressmaking Patterns



So I was surfing aimlessly through the vintage pattern pages over at Etsy, as I am wont to do from time to time, when I stumbled upon this.

Aug 20, 2015

Susan Models Summer Separates!



Susan's back and looking sensational!

Aug 18, 2015

The Scary World of Sewing Labels (and what they should say)



I feel like now that I'm doing a lot of sewing for others, it's time to order some custom labels.

Aug 15, 2015

Ed's Second Shirt -- Pink and Blue Gingham!



I've been sewing a lot for the past few days and I'm happy to say I am 95% finished with Ed's second shirt (above).

Aug 13, 2015

Plaid linen shirt, completed and modeled!



Meet Ed, our dear neighbors Irma and John's son-in-law, who's visiting this week with his wife from California.

Aug 11, 2015

Sewing a fine linen plaid men's shirt



I've fallen behind, readers.  I haven't yet shown you photos from Susan's last fitting from last Friday, which went very well.  I hope to share those with you later in the week.

Aug 9, 2015

MPB Day - Holy Moly, what fun!



Friends, the truth: Since I launched MPB Day in 2011, the only thing I've changed is my clothes.

I'm from the If it ain't broke school: a little fashion museum, a little lunch, a little pattern swapping, a LOT of fabric shopping, a little schmoozing in the park -- just add water.  Like your mom's rice pudding recipe, it always comes out perfect.  It's a day I look forward to all summer long and I'm always sorry when it's over.

Aug 7, 2015

NAME THAT PATTERN -- MPB Day Eve Edition!



Friends, tonight is MPB Day eve, which means I have only twelve hours to apply my hydrating facial masque and I may need all twelve.

Aug 5, 2015

Working on Rugby Shirt #2



It's time for another rugby shirt!

Jul 31, 2015

Recent Project Tweaks + MPB Day Reminder



It is not unusual for me to go back and tweak a project even after I (thought I had) finished it.

Jul 29, 2015

Things I Don't Get, Vol. 15 -- Lycra in Woven Fabrics



Readers, have you noticed how many woven fabrics today have Lycra in them?

Jul 27, 2015

An Organic Cotton Striped Rugby Shirt!



Readers, I just made my very first rugby shirt!
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