Isn’t that just like a man?*

02 Oct

Have I mentioned that I’m partners with the loveliest of men….a man who sews?


Tell me, dear readers, how many of you are blessed with this kind of partner?

It all started one cold winter day, eight years ago. Mister, my very tall thin fella, had another pair of cheap, too-short pajama bottoms fall apart on him. And he’d had enough.

He thought, “what if I made my own pajamas?” And, being newly armed with a vintage industrial sewing machine of German manufacture (oh, how he loves all things German and vintage, does my Mister), he got himself a pattern and some crazily patterned flannel (“I’m done with plaid I tell you… done!”) he got himself hence to the sewing machine.

After a few false starts (attaching the leg backwards, and then putting it on inside out…but we’ve all made the same mistake, haven’t we?) he proudly produced a pair of blue-upon-blue paisley pajama bottoms. They were voluminous, they were long enough, they were comfortable… he was hooked!

Over the years, my Mister has made many a pair of pajama bottoms — his favorite has just worn out over many years of faithful service…they were hot pink with baby pink & lime green crabs! — and he’s getting out the machine to make some new pairs. He’s ventured into robe territory, and made one of a vivid hot pink flannel which he is very proud of.

I think he’s even flirting with the idea of making shirts, as he bought himself a Colette Negroni the other day at Common Thread. He has a retired-Navy brother who knits, so perhaps it runs in the family?

Whereever it came from, I’m so proud of his sewing accomplishments!

And really, it’s only a man who sews who would ever dream of saying, “Honey, let’s go to the sewing machine store… it will be so romantic!”

Oh yes, I am a lucky girl.

*quote from Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery. I’m reliving my childhood by listening to all the Anne books on audiobook.


Posted by on October 2, 2011 in creations, fashion, feminism


5 responses to “Isn’t that just like a man?*

  1. gracefully50

    October 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Kudos to your man!

  2. Janice

    October 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    So cute. I know many of us are chuckling.

  3. Janice

    October 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Kathleen, I’m posting this question on this post because the one that you sent on October 7 is missing from your site, so I can’t comment on that….but you said that you washed your silk. How did that work? And how did you do it? In the washing machine on gentle or what? Did it shrink?

    Thanks. Janice

    • kathleen

      October 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      Hey Janice,

      Sorry about that! I had some posts scheduled and didn’t finish them in time! One of them is about washing silk!

      I’ll post it soon, but in the meantime, I learned how to do it on the Colette Patterns blog, Coletterie!

      • Janice

        October 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        Great! I’ll check it out. : )


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