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Nov 26, 2014

Back It Goes + Coat Muslin Progress

The vast majority of you who commented yesterday will be happy to know that the light blue L.L. Bean turtleneck I modeled yesterday is headed back to Maine, free of charge (to me).

A number of you recommended Uniqlo, so I checked them out, and they were selling cotton/poly turtlenecks for $7.90, no tax, no shipping.   I thought $22.95 was low but $7.90 is ridiculous.  I'll keep you posted on the fit/quality when it arrives.

In other news, today I was able to add seam allowances to my traced mens balmacaan coat pattern pieces.  Most of the allowances are 1.5 cm., or roughly 5/8".

I used an old cotton/poly sheet for a muslin.

I was very careful to trace the correct size and to add the seam allowances accurately, so you can imagine how disappointed when two (of three) raglan sleeve pieces, which are supposed to look like this...

...ending up looking like this:

Some of this may be due to the fact that a cotton poly sheet doesn't ease, but it annoys me nevertheless.

Everything else looks fine though.  I need to add the collar and front facings and test out the pocket.  It's actually a very basic coat, which is why it bothers me when I suspect there are drafting issues.

Not much to share about my mother; she has begun intensive rehab but is still very depressed.  The social work staff seems to believe this is normal and, hopefully, her outlook will improve soon.

I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving with family in town tomorrow (preceded by hospital visit with Michael and his dad).

So how does Uniqlo manage to sell a shirt for $7.90?  You can read more about the company here.

Have a great day, everybody! 

Nov 25, 2014

Keep or Return? or "The Unbearable Cheapness of Bean"

Is it me or have men's cotton turtlenecks nearly vanished from mainstream fashion?

Nov 24, 2014

On With the Sew

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.

Nov 21, 2014

A Difficult Week

Not great news that could have been much, much worse.

Nov 19, 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole of Japanese Men's Style Magazines!

I've been aware of the fascinating world of Japanese men's style magazines for a few years now.

Nov 17, 2014


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!  

Nov 16, 2014

Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color UPDATE

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had purchased a used copy of the Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color.

Nov 14, 2014

My Wild Wool Challis Shirt!

Readers, my internet service is back AND my shirt is done!  You can view me modeling it here.

Nov 13, 2014

Treadling a Shirt VIDEO + Live From the Coffee Bar!

Readers, tragedy struck yesterday: an explosion in the West Village knocked out RCN Cable service to the entire West Side of Manhattan.  I have been without Internet for nearly 36 hours.  I feel, frankly, a little desperate and Michael is worse.  I'm writing this from a local coffee bar, so please excuse all food stains.

Nov 11, 2014

Nov 10, 2014

Re-visiting (and Improving) an Old Project

Do you ever re-work old projects?  I do occasionally: I'll change a shirt collar or narrow a pants leg, things like that.

Nov 8, 2014

PARTY PICS: Pattern Review's 13th Bday!

I wasn't feeling my best yesterday, but I managed to stencil on my party smile and hightail it to the Pattern Review event at Elliot Berman Textiles last night.  (You may recognize the woman in teal on my right as Kyle from Vacuuming the Lawn.) 

Nov 7, 2014

Panel Print Shirt Collar + I'M DONE!

The big job today was making a collar for my shirt.

Nov 6, 2014

Panel Print Shirt Progress -- One Day to Go!

Speedy sewing has no special value in my book -- better to take your time and do a first-rate job.

Nov 5, 2014

A Panel Print Shirt by Friday, Nov. 7th?

Friends, do you remember this panel print fabric I purchased last summer at Elliot Berman Textiles?  (I was with Laura Mae, who was emptying out the store so I had to buy something.)
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