Loyal readers, today is all about R&R here at MPB. Having just finished a two-week Jeans Sew-Along, I badly need a vacation, or at least an afternoon wrapped in compression bandages -- maybe two.
I still photograph well, of course, but one does lose one's dewy freshness (among other things).
As always, along with R&R comes a notable investment in R&D, as we strive to keep the pipeline stuffed with new products and projects. The competition is fierce and I am committed to staying one step ahead of the pack. I may have to hire more staff.
Needless to say, my mind is teeming with ideas, both fresh and moldy. Any little thing can spark a new project. A quick peek at the headlines...
A new book...
A trip to the salon...
And suddenly I've bought a new pattern, which should arrive any day now.
The problem with a dress like this, friends, is that there's really only one event you can wear it to, and you have to plan it. Given Cathy's love life these days, I don't think there's any rush.
But there are other new patterns in my life. I won this on eBay recently -- you can't have too many vintage slip patterns; who wants to line everything?
I picked up some wonderful books at the flea market on Saturday and I wanted to share one of them with you today.
New York Fashion, by Caroline Rennolds Milbank, is what's commonly known as a coffee table book, but you don't need a coffee table to enjoy it. Upper body strength is essential to lift it, however.
This gorgeous volume, published in 1989 by Abrams, is my new favorite vintage fashion book, and focuses primarily on Twentieth Century fashion from the turn of the century through the 1980s. This is the period when New York became a fashion capital, and New York Fashion covers all the major designers and the glorious clothes (and fashion trends) they produced, decade by decade. It's a great read and full of gorgeous photographs, both black & white and color.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught 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!