Memo Pad: Made Men... Waiting Time... Stitching Up

Does a scattershot list of gay Timesmen a mafia make? According to Out magazine's media-heavy Power 50 list, which ranked several New York Times reporters a collective seventh on the list, it does, even if many of its made men don't actually know...

While the rest of the newsroom braces itself, the paper's new, fair-haired Image section is nevertheless forging ahead. The section has added staffers and word is that three or four more hires are in the works. The section covers all things related to the ad-rich fashion crowd as well as celebrities and lifestyle. It launched March 18 at 22 pages, evenly split between ads and edit. Image will be monthly through August. In September, it will go weekly. The premiere issue had a cover story on Chloë Sevigny, covered the fall 2007 runway trends and had a story on the new generation on rising design stars, such as Jenni Kayne, in Los Angeles. — Amy Wicks

Can Martha Stewart bring the sexy back to sewing? Maybe, if she wore a bikini while stitching hems in her magazine, but at least she can be a "sewing mentor" to young stitchers looking to take up the hobby. On Tuesday, the craft goddess announced a deal with SVP Worldwide to endorse its line of Singer, Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff sewing machines as SVP attempts to align its products with Stewart's authority in the crafting world. The partnership, expanding Stewart's empire even further outside of publishing, also comes at a time when sewing is experiencing a comeback. According to the Home Sewing Association, there are 35 million people who sew in the country, up from 30 million in 2000.

Stewart said she has been sewing since she was seven. "I was fascinated [by sewing] because you can cut up a piece of cloth and make something beautiful." In between filming several television shows daily, overseeing her magazines and Web sites and building a craft room at her home, Stewart said she primarily sews bedroom decor, like dust ruffles, pillows, canopies and bedding. But other projects are less appealing. "I don't make quilts, I'm not crafty like that," she said. Clothing is not her forte, either. "It's less interesting to me than things for the home," she said.

That said, Blueprint, its new women's lifestyle title where a lot of the staffers already sew, will feature more clothing projects. "If you saw the girls who worked for me, the Blueprint girls, they all sew. They're all making gorgeous things." In fact, during an interview, Stewart pulled over Blueprint fashion editor Katie Hatch to model a dress she made in a day.
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