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Jul 31, 2014

Revisiting the 70's Disco Shirt + Painting Update!



Look, everybody, my garbage-find artwork is now hanging on the wall -- I was even inspired to declutter the surface of my credenza!



Michael and I decided the painting looked better there than above the sofa.  I'll have to find another painting in the trash for that wall.

In other news, I realized today what the wool challis print I bought yesterday reminds me of...





Yes, that much-maligned, iconic Seventies garment: the nylon disco shirt!  Let's take a walk down memory lane -- or rather, boogie on down it -- shall we?













Having been a teen in the Seventies, I remember these shirts all too well.  They were always slinky, always stinky, and absolutely everywhere.  I never owned one, but I will confess to possessing a pale blue, short-sleeve Qiana number, purchased in 1976 to take on a glee club trip, that was just as synthetic (as in, 100%).

How am I going to prevent my wool challis shirt from turning me into Tony Manero?  Note to self: do not wear with white polyester suit.



Anyway, I hand-washed and pressed my fabric, so I'm ready to start cutting.





With the help of MPB reader Michael C., I was able to identify design motifs in the challis taken from 19th Century Czech illustrator Alphonse Mucha.  Pretty cool, no?





That woman's face is just one of the bold designs in the print.  There are so many...too many?









And yet I still find this fabric very appealing; I don't regret my purchase -- yet.

Plus, I'm excited to be working with wool again.  But I'm hoping against hope I can create a garment that doesn't scream, Burn, baby, burn, disco inferno.

In closing, did you ever own a graphic nylon disco shirt in the 70's -- or perhaps date somebody who did?  Do you like the look of them?

It's all confidential here at MPB!

(Whatever happened to Donna Pescow?  Loved her on Angie!)



Jul 30, 2014

Challis Winters? + Garbage Find of the Month!



Friends, just look what I found in my building trash yesterday evening.

Jul 29, 2014

Linen Pinstripe Drawstring Pants for Michael



Occasionally I buy fabric with a certain project in mind but end up using it for something else entirely.

Jul 27, 2014

Hello, VLOGGY!



Friends, once again I am delighted to present my latest VLOG extravaganza.

Jul 25, 2014

FINAL Williwear Post: Michael Rocks It!



OK, so Michael insisted he get to model McCalls 8536, the vintage Eighties Willwear top.  Or somebody insisted...

Jul 24, 2014

Meet Mary Porter!



Friends, I am delighted to introduce my new colleague here at MPB, veteran sewing instructress Mary Porter!

Jul 23, 2014

In Praise of the One-Day Sewing Project -- McCall's 8536



Remember this vintage McCall's Williwear pattern from 1983?  Well today I made the top.  (You know this is basically a unisex pattern when a men's shirt is referred to in the instructions as a top.)

Jul 22, 2014

READER QUESTION: "How practical are white pants?"



On occasion an MPB reader will ask me for fashion or sewing advice.   It's flattering!

Jul 21, 2014

Kenmore Feed Dog FAIL -- What am I doing wrong? (With UPDATES)



Friends, if you watched yesterday's vlog, you know I've been doing some long-delayed maintenance on my beloved Kenmore 158.141, my go-to vintage zigzagger.

Jul 20, 2014

Sunday VLOG -- Sultry Summer Edition!



Readers, it's VLOG time again.  Mitzi's ready for her big number and so am I!

Jul 19, 2014

Coffee Table Fashion Books (in the age of Pinterest) -- YEA or NAY?



I used to own this exact same coffee table.  I ended up selling it when I got tired of telling people not to put their drinks down on it without a coaster -- a real drag.

Jul 18, 2014

Gearing Up for The Next Big Thing



Friends, I played hookey yesterday: I went to the beach at Fire Island with my friend Nora.

Jul 16, 2014

So You Want to Sew a Men's Suit -- Some Helpful Resources



I'll admit it: I find a men's suit to be one of the most challenging sewing projects to take on.

Jul 15, 2014

Modeling My Navy Blue Suit at Mood!



Friends, as promised, my suit -- the first I've completed that wasn't made out of a vintage bedsheet, btw -- is live and ready for your inspection on the Mood Sewing Network.  Just click here.

Jul 13, 2014

Invasion of the Killer VLOG!


It's out there in the night.  It's coming closer and closer...
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