April 23, 2018

I’ve made two of these band collar polo shirts now. The first two had a lot of flaws in them, especially in the placket and collar, so I tried to fix them up but had limited success. For this third attempt, I started from scratch and employed all the techniques and tricks I’ve learned to date.

Now I’m not going to tell you if it was successful or not because then there’d be no reason to watch!

April 14, 2018

They started out as a pair of women’s short shorts (listen, I’ve got a svelt figure.) but then last week I turned them into a pair of pants. I added that pale blue.

They just didn’t look right though, so a few days ago I chopped off most the legs and turned them into what you see here. Perfection achieved.

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April 9, 2018

I felt “inspired” a while back so I bought myself a pair of women’s short shorts — don’t judge, they fit me well — but when I sobered up, I didn’t feel so bold anymore.

I didn’t know what to do with them so I took out the zipper and used it for another project. Then, this week, I decided to turn these shorty shorts into a pair of two-tone pants.

I’m not sure how I feel about the final product … but I did turn shorts into pants.

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April 2, 2018

When I was 3 years old, a big piece of farm equipment fell over and landed on top of me, pulling several nerves. As a result, a handful of muscle groups have atrophied, one of them being the muscles that pull open the fingers on my right hand.

As a teenager, I built a splint that I wore at night which stretched out the hand and lengthened the muscles on the inside.

As an adult, I threw it out and over the last few years, I’ve noticed the muscles on the inside start to shorten again so I’m once again making a hand stretching splint.

March 26, 2018

It is officially spring, I purchased a new pair of icy white Vans Era shoes and so all I needed was a nice new pair of shorts. At the thrift store, I found this wonderfully off-white, kinda cream coloured heavy twill fabric and I knew it was meant to be!

For the pockets, I used the same fabric I used for the lining in the tote bag I made about a month ago.

It took much longer than I had anticipated, but the shorts turned out wonderfully! I am pleased as punch with them and will definitely rock them soon.

March 19, 2018

I’m going back to school! A metaphorical school that is …

This week I decided to learn how to sew the welt pockets often found on the back of pants.

The process was fairly straightforward thanks to a few tutorials I found on YouTube but that didn’t mean I was any good. I ended up making three copies of the welt pocket just to improve my technique and get some experience under my belt.

March 12, 2018

I nap on my couch on an almost daily basis. The pillows I have are hard and uncomfortable. But I am not a problems man, I believe in finding solutions, so I went to my local thrift store and bought fresh pillows along with some super soft blanket scarves and got to work. Boy am I looking forward to my future naps.

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March 5, 2018

This week I traded my fabric for some wood, my sewing machine for a circular saw and my shears for a drill.

I got a free microwave but have no space in my kitchen … ette. I had also received an old Ikea dresser so I decided to upcycle that wood and turned it into a counter/island type thing for not only the microwave but also additional countertop space.

It was a cheap & cheerful project and the final result, surprisingly decent. Perhaps that’s also because I didn’t have any expectations.

February 26, 2018

At the end of last year and beginning of this year, I made two band collar short sleeve shirts. With both of them, I buggered up the collar and the front placket. Since then, I’ve learned how to sew them properly so I decided to go back and fix said shirts.

As I got to work, it became evident that it wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought it would be. In fact, this week was more fraught with problems than usual. I persevered, called out to Jesus for a bit of help and managed to finish up the revisions.

When done, I had certainly improved upon my old work. The new placket and collar aren’t perfect but there is improvement and progress so I am pleased with that. Life is about the journey and not the destination … am I right?!

February 19, 2018

Last week I made a tote bag out of denim. I made it not so much because I wanted a jean tote bag but because I wanted to make a practise version before I used the beautiful fabric I had found for this week’s project.

I improved the pattern a touch and added a gorgeous floral fabric liner. However, as I got into the project, I had some early issues with the phone I was filming on and then the fabric presented a series of its own challenges! I conquered and created a tote bag I am proud of and am actually using. Woot Woot.