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Month: July, 2011

THE WEEK IN SPANDEX, THE OLIVIA MAILLOT, AND HOW TO DRAFT A ‘UNITARD’

Clearly I’ve got a problem with bodysuits this week. Really, how many does one woman need? But since I’ve been trying to perfect my “maillot” pattern, I had an itch yesterday to try out a new shoulder line. What I came up with is a clear nod—or hip-wiggling-burst-into-song tribute—to Olivia Newton John in Grease: Really, [...]

THE HOW-DO-YOU-BARDOT MAILLOT

Thank goodness for cool fronts. A breeze blows in Brooklyn,  and my heat-induced rage over the weekend almost seems like a bad, very sweaty dream. In this new, peaceful state of mind I’ve  been working to perfect my unitard pattern. Hold up. I’m not going to call it a unitard anymore. That’s such a hard, cruel [...]

NO WINDOWS DRESS

This is my first summer sewing regularly in the Northeast, and so far I’m going to categorize it as a hot mess. That’s not a metaphor. It’s literally so hot that my metal sewing chair is too warm to comfortably sit on, and I’ve completely stopped cleaning up after myself. I just can’t bear bending [...]

TO TIE FOR

For the record, if you live in a reasonable summer climate that doesn’t simmer and burp like a vat of split-pea soup, count yourself lucky. My body was not made for the cruel purée of Brooklyn’s summer heat. We have temps this week in the high 90′s, humidity pushing it into the triple digits. Perhaps [...]

SCORE: SEERSUCKER SLEEVES 2, DAUGHTER FISH 0

If I’ve learned one thing in all my years as a mediocre sports player, it’s always show your good side. Smile and pretend that you meant to flub that basket, laugh it off when that volleyball comes careening for your face and you dive under the bleachers. That’s why I’m not going to show you [...]

GRILLED CHEESE SALAD

If I had a time machine, I would primarily use it to revisit a few key meals in my past. Perhaps this makes me boring or unimaginative, or just a true glutton.  One of the first on the list would be a molten cheese salad I once had in Lyon. It was a warm spring [...]

COMING INTO VIEW

Mr. Fish’s seersucker suit went into production this week. Oh, you can’t see the fabric, you say? Well, here’s a better view. We’ve got some lavender silk for a lining. Hopefully this will keep things breathable. (I was going to go unlined, but feared the jacket would not hang well.) I also tried my first [...]

CAMPFIRE RACLETTE

Summer around here wouldn’t be complete without camping in the rain. Sixteen hours of straight Catskill monsoon over the 4th of July weekend fulfilled this requirement. I was thankful for two things on this trip: Our friends’ ginormous family tent—which fit five of us (plus dog) nicely for morning coffee—and the caveman abilities of the [...]

THE SEERSUCKER PROXY

Anyone who knows my husband will tell you that he is a man of great patience. Perhaps this is why he has yet to ask me when he will receive his Christmas present from last year: One hand-made, felted wool suit jacket. Ahem. I’m going to lay it out here. I’m a chicken and a procrastinator. [...]

LADY CHARMEUSE’S LOVER

Well, it’s finished. Lady Charmeuse, the dress I’ve worked on for about a month, has gone to her forever home. There’s a swell of pride in my heart and an empty nest  in my sewing area . Ms. H. has been complimenting me on my dresses for a while now, and a few months back [...]