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Jan 23, 2015

National Pie Day + MPB Turns FIVE!



OMG, you guys: It's NATIONAL PIE DAY once again!

But wait -- that's not all.  Today MPB turns five -- five.

I can hardly believe it, because with the exception of a small solar lentigo on the side of my nose (always wear sunscreen, kids), I look exactly the same; I'm like the male Jennifer Aniston.  When will I ever look forty?





As most of you know, I started sewing in June 2009 and launched this blog roughly seven months later when Michael burst in on me in the bathtub and said, "I've got a great name for a men's sewing blog!" (I'm not kidding).  The following day MPB was born.

While I've taken short breaks here and there, I haven't really stopped sewing or blogging since that time.  It's only when I remind myself what I've sewn (much of it archived here) that I realize how much time has gone by.



Naturally, the celebrity greetings have been pouring in, including a brief (but heartfelt) telegram from Tippi Hedrin, a luscious Whitman sampler from dear Ann-Margret and, from my good friend, actress Gladys Cooper, an autographed photo I will treasure always.







So what will the next five years bring?  I can only say that I have big plans for pants in the coming months, then we'll take it from there.  As you know, I prefer to go where my energy takes me.

I won't be blogging for the rest of the month (a little winter vacation), but I'll be back the first week of February.  If you like pants, you won't want to miss a thing!

Have a great week, everybody, thanks for all your support over the years, and don't forget to eat some pie!!

Jan 20, 2015

My Latest Dress Shirt: LIVE TODAY!



It's finished!  You can see my latest dress shirt right this very minute by simply clicking here

Jan 17, 2015

Vintage Men's Pattern-Palooza!



You guys: I just received THE BEST GIFT EVER.

Jan 13, 2015

Preppy Shirt Progress



I am cautiously optimistic about this shirt, readers!

Jan 9, 2015

Prepping the Preppy Fifties Shirt Pattern



First off, thank you for all your many recommendations the other day regarding dyeing.  So many options to consider and I hope to tackle this later in the month.

Jan 6, 2015

Love the Shirt, Hate the Color!



It must be said.  This shirt, which I made the summer before last and which has all sorts of nicely executed details -- covered button placket, pleated pockets with flaps, and contrasting collar stand -- is not a flattering color.

Jan 3, 2015

New Year, New Fabric, New Pattern, New Coffee!



Some of you may wonder why I keep buying vintage patterns for men's shirts, pants, and jackets when I could simply tweak the ones I already own.

Dec 30, 2014

Favorite Projects from 2014



Last January seems like eons ago somehow, though it's been the same twelve-month period as every other year.

Dec 26, 2014

Holiday Updates + Dogs vs. Cats: MPB VIDEO Exclusive!



This has been a wonderful holiday for me and my family, with a lot to be grateful for.

Dec 24, 2014

NAME THAT PATTERN -- YULETIDE EDITION!



Dear friends, it's Christmas Eve and what better time to play a special Yuletide edition of the sewing blogosphere's favorite pattern-naming game, MPB's exclusive NAME THAT PATTERN!

Dec 20, 2014

The (Slightly) Shortened Shacket + New Fabric, New Patterns



Sometimes you need the distance of a few days to realize that a completed garment could benefit from a tweak.

Dec 18, 2014

Dec 16, 2014

Progress on the Wool Shacket (Shirt Jacket)



I am not quite done with my shacket, readers, but I'm getting close.

Dec 12, 2014

My Next Project: a Shacket!



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).
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