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Sewing Along with MPB

This February I’m sewing along with Male Pattern Boldness and a bunch of other talented seamsters. We’re all making men’s shirts. Mine is for my husband, and this post marks the beginning of the saga.

My first Sew-Along will be a shirt for my husband.

I’ve been trying to find a few other fun sewing blogs out there to read and get inspired by. A few I’ve found are currently doing what are called Sew-Alongs, where readers can participate in a project with the blogger, while the blogger dictates the pace and gives detailed instructions along the way. From my perspective it’s a lot like my sewing class, only in the virtual world.

Though I am reading along with several Sew-Alongs, up until now I was not currently participating in any. I missed the beginning of most of them and didn’t want the stress of trying to catch up. Then I came across the blog Male Pattern Boldness and saw that he was having a sew along for a man’s shirt this winter.

I wasn’t sure about joining in, but over the course of last week, something changed. Maybe it was his quirky blog voice, maybe it was the promise to really learn how to fit a shirt – a shirt for my husband! – but, regardless, I got inspired to follow along.

The group is supposed to sew one particular pattern together, but it’s not a requirement. I found a cheap vintage pattern for a man’s shirt on Etsy and impulsively bought it on Friday, firming my pledge to sew along with MPB. The lessons start on Tuesday. Here’s to hoping the pattern gets here quickly!

Hopefully I’ll be brave enough to join in on the conversation over at MPB. I’d like to get up the courage to be a complimentary voice in the sewing community. There are a lot of people with spectacular talent out there!

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