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.
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!