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Jul 24, 2014

Meet Mary Porter!

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

A native of Newburgh, New York, Mary just ended a ten-year run at downtown Newburgh's recently shuttered So Sew! fabric store.  Mary loved to demonstrate the Janome sergers and really knew how to move the poly fleece out the door.

Mary is going to help me improve my sewing skills and I'm hoping she'll share some of her extensive knowledge with you too.


When she's not sewing, Mary runs the library cart at the St. Francis Hospital and Health Center on North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie.  A retired elementary school nurse, Mary lives alone with her mischievous chihuahua, Miss Millie.

Today Mary models McCall's 8536, a beautiful summer smock top, done up in slimming pastel stripes!

Mary and I have a short history, but if you've met Mary at So Sew! and can share more of her biography, please do.  Mary won't mind, or know: she doesn't own a computer.

Expect to see more of Mary in the weeks ahead!

Have a great day, everybody!

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...

Jul 11, 2014

NAME THAT PATTERN: Matchy-matchy Semi-Finals!

Readers, the last season of MPB's exclusive pattern-naming game, NAME THAT PATTERN, proved that there exist among you some very talented players who are ready to step it up a level.

Jul 10, 2014

When Bad Things Happen to Good Pockets

Friends, I have good news and bad news.

Jul 9, 2014

"Just the pants, ma'am"

I have a very bad habit.

Jul 8, 2014

Jul 6, 2014

Sunday Sewing VLOG TIME!

Has a week gone by already? Where does the time go?
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