Sometimes you need the distance of a few days to realize that a completed garment could benefit from a tweak.
After looking at the photos of me in my wool plaid shacket and wearing it around town last week, I realized it needed work. Worn as an overshirt, it reached down a little longer than I liked, and worn inside my pants there was a bit too much fabric to tuck in comfortably. So I did what any of you would have done: I shortened it.
I think this is an improvement and more flattering on a short guy like me.
In other news, MPB reader Michael C. has once again gifted me vintage patterns from his seemingly bottomless stash.
Burda 8143 (below) is such an 80's classic but I'm not sure it has aged well. What do you think: gem or atrocity?
It reminds me of this outfit modeled decades ago in Vogue by Janice Dickinson. I believe Princess Stephanie of Monaco also wore something similar in a music video.
Michael also sent me this Butterick Retro pattern. I love me a good peplum.
I also have some new fabric: organic white denim. Being the somewhat slobby person I am, I tend to avoid white anything, but I'm hoping with the aid of a little bleach I can keep whatever I make (jeans?) looking bright, or at least whitish.
And that's it! I hope those of you immersed in holiday sewing are enjoying high productivity.
Have a great day, everybody!
(There was only one Princess Stephanie -- thank God.)
When I recently saw a photo of this snazzy wool "Patrol shirt jacket" on the Cadet website, I immediately thought, I can whip up one of those -- and for a whole lot less than $228! (fabric and notions only, not labor; sewing is my joy, not my job).
Readers, thank you so much for your many words of support regarding my mother's injury.
She asked me to send along her thanks as well. My mom's doing somewhat better: eating (not enough but some), pushing through her exercises with her physical therapists, and even -- this is a big one -- accepting phone calls and visits from a few friends. I see her most days and I'm actually enjoying the trips, believe it or not. Being able to bicycle to the hospital (well, near it) helps too.
Friends, I am delighted to announce the latest version of MPB's exclusive pattern-naming game: NAME THAT PATTERN, 100% Gluten-Free. Now you can indulge in the revelry without worry of tummy upset. Bean-based, it's more digestible and more nutritious too!
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught home sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mainly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!