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Apr 22, 2014

Whatever Happened to....? Your Questions Answered!

Readers, life here at MPB Industries is such a whirlwind that, naturally, some plans fall by the wayside.

Rarely are these plans entirely forgotten, however.  They just get pushed back.  And back.  And back.

Today I'd like to update you on some projects I have mentioned in the past that never quite got completed.  Of course, if you have any other specific questions, please ask!

In no particular order....

Whatever happened to the blouse you were going to make for your mother?

Readers, I consider myself a dutiful son, but when it comes to sewing for my mother, I'm something of a deadbeat. Then again, let's not forget the psychedelic terrycloth robe I made her last year that she outright rejected!

Whatever happened to the leather newsboy cap you were making last winter?

I never finished it: the leather, upcycled from an old sofa, still felt too much like an old sofa. 

Whatever happened to the Prada bag knock-off you found in the street last summer?

I gave the bag to Michael's sister Sara.

Whatever happened to baby Simplicity?

Simplicity is growing by leaps and bounds!  This summer she turns two -- can you believe it?  Here's a more recent pic.

Whatever happened to Butterick 9690, the vintage Sixties cocktail dress pattern (top pic).

It's all cut and has been hanging on my dress form since January.  Any day now, promise!

Whatever happened to the show Johanna filmed for Nippon TV about her sewing machine collection and when will she receive a DVD copy of the segment so she (and I) can see it?

Johanna has no idea -- presumably it aired in Japan.  Meanwhile she continues to push to get a copy of it, to no avail.

Whatever happened to your six yards of vinyl python fabric?


I have it in my stash and am still waiting for the perfect pattern for it.  Any suggestions?

Whatever happened to your beautiful hair?

Your guess is as good as mine.

In closing, friends, I hope that this information will lay your mind to rest and that you'll sleep better tonight as a result.  I do try to keep on top of things but you know how it is -- stuff happens!

Have a great day, everybody!

Apr 21, 2014

Next Up: Cotton Jersey Pants!

Today I started working on a pair of lightweight knit pants to go with my lace shirt outfit.

Apr 19, 2014

Post-Wedding Wrap-up: WHAT WE WORE!

Readers, thank you!

It's not often that one receives advice from more than a hundred of one's closest friends, but so many of you came through for me about what I should wear to my friend's wedding.  And I listened!

Apr 18, 2014

Attending Wedding TOMORROW -- What Should I Wear?

Readers, one of my oldest male friends is getting married tomorrow and we're invited.  It will be my first gay wedding!

Apr 17, 2014

Lace Shirt, DAY 3 -- Creating a Scalloped Hem

I decided to go for the scalloped shirt back hem, an idea I mentioned in yesterday's post.

Apr 16, 2014

Lace Shirt, DAY 2 + When You Have to Do It Over

My shirt is coming along slowly.

Apr 14, 2014

Lace Shirt, DAY 1 + New Pattern!

Today I got started on my lace shirt.

Apr 12, 2014

Saturday Book Break + Demolition!

Readers, do you ever wonder what happens to the people whose homes get demolished as neighborhoods gentrify?

Apr 11, 2014

Moving On From Shirts...

Readers, it seems like it's been all about shirts here at MPB lately. 

Apr 10, 2014

Laying Out My Lace

I am officially lace-obsessed.

Apr 9, 2014

FIT Class # 11 -- Almost Finished With Our Shirt!

Last night's class was devoted primarily to closing up the sides of our shirt.

Apr 8, 2014

Real Men Don't Wear Lace

Or do they?

Apr 6, 2014

More Comic Book Bathos + Michael Wears the Shirt -- BETTER THAN I DO!

I can't deny it: Michael looks better in this purple gingham/floral shirt than I do.  Is it his skin tone?  His blue eyes?  His grayish hair?  Therefore I have decided to let him have it.  How frustrating!

Apr 5, 2014

Flea Market Fun on a Sunny Saturday!

So many fun things at the flea market this morning (on an amazingly April-like April day: sunny and mid-50's).

Apr 4, 2014

Adding a Double-Welt Pocket to My Latest Shirt

I mentioned that in my last menswear sewing class, Professor B. showed a small group of us how to make a double-welt opening, presumably for a pocket.  (I described the method in Wednesday's post; the sample is above.)
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