Jul 31, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
Readers, are you superstitious? I'm not, I mean, not particularly. But sometimes uncanny, synchronistic occurances do take place and who am I to say they aren't a sign from the great beyond and I don't mean the Bronx.
Jul 29, 2011
Friends, I have to be honest. As much as I enjoy the occasional break from my normal routine, I'm not a vacation person. It's not that I don't appreciate a change of scenery, I do. But generally, after a day or two of fun in the sun, I am ready to get back to my strapless cocktail dress project or whatever I'm working on at the moment.
Jul 25, 2011
Friends, there are times when so much awfulness seems to be occurring in the world, on so many fronts, that it can leave one feeling very discouraged -- or is it just me?
At periods like these, it can be helpful to remember that no matter what may be happening "out there," we always retain the power to create positive change in our immediate communities, in our families, and in ourselves.
We can start by making joy a priority in our own lives.
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
Friends, the only good thing about a heat wave is....I can't think of anything. (It feels good when it's over?) I actually enjoy the heat, most of the time. But I'm ready for a break, which won't come till next week, when it's predicted to be in the Arctic upper eighties.
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 20, 2011
Readers, one can only maintain a sewing blog and not sew for so long.
OK, that's not a pretty sentence (would a second comma help?) but I think you know what I'm talking about. At a certain point one must make an executive decision and get back to work. Plus I was getting tired of writing about old magazines and library books.
Jul 19, 2011
Readers, it's hot in New York this week. Very, very hot. Here's what's going on:
I'm happy to report that my mother's hip surgery was successful and she's up and about once more. She can walk (slowly) pain-free after only six weeks --a big improvement.
Jul 18, 2011
Friends, in our continued series exploring popular magazines of the past and the images they present of American fashion and lifestyles (particularly the roles of women), today we stumble upon 2011. Do you remember that troubling time?
Jul 17, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
Readers, I'm a nice person and I'm always up for doing a friend a favor. But like everyone, I have my limits.
Who do I hear from yesterday but Rain. Surely you remember Rain, the man who restored my Singer 15-91 to like-new condition and correctly diagnosed the problem with my Featherweight hook assembly, helping me to get it working this winter?
Jul 15, 2011
Friends, are you ambitious? With regard to sewing, I mean.
I think all of us want to keep learning more, and it's hard not learn if you take on lots of new projects. The more you sew, the more you know, right?
I often ask myself what it is I most want to learn. To be honest, I find the whole sewing thing a bit overwhelming: there's so much to know and it's not always clear to me how best to learn it. Some people enroll in fashion school or take classes, others buy books, follow video tutorials, etc. There's a lot out there.
Jul 14, 2011
Good morning, sophisticates and hayseeds!
Desperate to jumpstart my sewing mojo, and feeling a bit giddy and irresponsible yesterday, I hightailed it to the Garment District, determined to return home with something I'd be excited about sewing with. Voilà!
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
Is Thom Browne a genius or what? This fall, I am adding fringe to my lampshade.
Friends, sometimes I think we dwell too much on fashions of the past here at MPB, and in ways both subtle and not-so-subtle, write off the present. It's easy to criticize what's wrong with fashion today: the excessive trendiness, the sameness of so much of it, the constant focus on cost-cutting (sew it cheaply!), the endless re-hashing of vintage styles.
Jul 11, 2011
Jul 8, 2011
Jul 7, 2011
Readers, do you know the couples counseling truism that goes (and I'm paraphrasing), that choosing to say nothing at all (i.e. remaining silent, shutting down) is still a form of communication?
I've been thinking a lot lately about the meaning of how we dress each day, and if our clothing choices are always expressing something whether or not we're trying to communicate anything consciously.
Jul 6, 2011
Friends, we're off on another journey today!
I'm the biggest old movie fan ever -- as if you didn't already know -- and one of my treasures is a small collection of vintage movie magazines in fantastic condition which I bought many years ago, for something like $1 each, on the street from some guy who must have found them in a dumpster and just wanted to move them fast. (Longest MPB sentence ever.)
Jul 5, 2011
Jul 4, 2011
Jul 3, 2011
Jul 1, 2011
We're traveling again today, kids. Yesterday we revisited 1951. Now we're jumping forward (or backward, depending on your perspective) to 1972, via the pages of the September 1972 issue of Ladies' Home Journal.