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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.

As you can see above (and below), the fabric is very delicate and slightly sheer.  It wasn't hard to work with, but I handled it very gently and used a fresh new needle in my Singer 201.



Here are some close-ups:

The completed collar, before attaching.



The collar, now attached.





Inside collar stand.



Flat-felled seams on the side panels.



Hidden button placket.





Me modeling the shirt.  The fit is good though I might have done a small sloping shoulder adjustment.  I like it a lot and I look forward to wearing it when the weather warms up.











And that's it -- onward and upward!

Have a great day, everybody!

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?

Mar 20, 2015

MPB Exclusive: Friday Fabric DYE-O-RAMA!



The first day of spring and it's snowing -- what better time to experiment once more with my Jacquard Procion dyes?

Mar 17, 2015

Knickers for Men -- YEA or NAY?



Friends, I was taught to call the pants up top knickers.

I know that in many anglophone countries, knickers refer to women's underwear.  A big YEA for women's underwear.
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