I have given up waiting on my patterns to arrive from sewingpatterns.com and have ordered a replacement jacket pattern from Fabric.com. But other than that jacket, I still don't really feel like sewing for me.
Meanwhile, Peter over at Male Pattern Boldness, has announced a Men's Shirt Sew-Along, to begin February 1. While I do have my own men to sew for, none of them really needs or wants a classic shirt at the moment. I thought I'd just be watching the Sew-Along from the sidelines.
But then the gears began to sputter in my brain and I came up with the idea to secretly sew a shirt for Peter's partner Michael (say that 3x fast!).
I ask you, who is more deserving of receiving something from this Sew-Along than poor, poor Michael, who has been waiting (and waiting) since August of last year for the suit Peter promised him?
And who is mentioned prominently at the top of Peter's blog as someone for whom Peter sews (but doesn't really)? We won't mention the reluctant mother comment. Oh.
And who is it that puts up with 12, or 6, or 20 vintage sewing machines strewn all about a NYC apartment (not to mention old phones and bicycles), and then is put to work lifting the old boat anchors when Peter's "back is out?" (You know, maybe if Peter wasn't always tripping over his cousin Cathy's high heels, his back would be "in" more often. I'm just sayin'.)
So, yes, a shirt for Michael! It's a good idea, isn't it?
But what isn't a good idea is to sew it secretly, a/k/a blindly. Things like measurements and color choices might be an obstacle that still would land Michael a new shirt, but likely one he either couldn't or wouldn't wear. So, the
cat shirt is out of the bag and Michael is in on the project. He's given me his fabric preferences, one or two of which just might be on their way to me as I type, and Peter has filled me in on a few basic measurements.
So this weekend there WILL be actual sewing going on, as I'll be making a muslin for Michael's new shirt. I'll be using Kwik Sew 3422, because I already own it.
While you're waiting for the next update here, go give Michael some (more) love over at his new bloggy home, Pleasing My Palate. I think he could write about emptying pencil sharpeners instead of food and the preparation thereof and I would still read it. OK, same goes for Peter too. I love them both.