December 11, 2017

I’ve been sewing pants for the last three weeks and needed to change it up, so I made a top this week. I made a polo kind of shirt with a basic band collar. I’m not sure what you call this model of shirt, but … yeah.

As per usual, I messed up and made a bunch of mistakes along the way. What better way to learn, right? Also, it’s entertaining, so there is that.

December 4, 2017

Today was my third attempt at sewing pants and just like the saying goes, third times a charm … psych!

It went terribly! I’d had purchased the cheapest fabric I could find at my local thrift store and it made the going tough. The fabric bunched up, tore and generally was difficult to work with. Seems there is always another lesson to learn.

On the bright side though, I did finally get a decent pattern that I like the fit of, so there is that.

Enjoy.

November 27, 2017

Last week I sewed my first pair of pants. They were much too big in the hips, but, I did make them from scratch and they were a good start. I took what I learned and tried again and not only that, this time around I also put in a proper flyer/zipper.

I was able to improve a lot of the mistakes I made in the first pair so thumbs up to me but then made a whole series of new mistakes this time around. Enjoy.

November 20, 2017

It’s been nothing but shirts up until this point, so I decided to head south of the border. I decided to take on the challenge of sewing a pair of pantaloons. Just like my pants, I’m making this pattern from scratch and going this route, of course, makes for an interesting experiment.

November 13, 2017

I’ve made a few t-shirts now so by internet standards, I am professional! But not only is this a REAL how-to tutorial, the video is jam-packed with tips and tricks.

Enjoy

November 6, 2017

I’ve been making a bunch of t-shirts. I’ve made about 638263205 of them. However with each, I have been improving the pattern and by the end of this video, I finally have the perfect pattern … just for me.

October 30, 2017

It is spooky season so it’s time to dress up. My little nephew is being Darth Vader and he asked me to be Kylo Ren … so how could I say no to that? Also, I was invited to a Halloween party and needed something to wear. Rather than buy a costume, I decided to make one.

Full disclosure, I’ve never watched Star Wars or know anything about it.

October 24, 2017

Last week was my sister’s Nigerian wedding and this week it was the Western one. I got myself a blazer for the occasion that was just about right, so perfect for a sewing project. I taught myself how to tailor a suit jacket so you can too. Learn with me, people.

October 16, 2017

My sister got getting married. Married to a Nigerian man and his mom really wanted to have a traditional ceremony. My brother-in-law is her last child and she wanted to make the most of it so we all decided to get on board.

Part of getting on board was wearing the traditional outfits. I was provided with mine and it was too large so I decided to tailor it down. I probably shouldn’t have done that … details in the video.

October 7, 2017

Last week I went back to the building blocks, did my homework like a good school boy on a school night and drafted an optimal bodice. This video I crafted that pattern into a wearable garment.

White tees are timeless and perfect for testing form. Plus, I scored this 1 – 1/4 yard of untouched soft-to-the-touch jersey from my local thrift shop. Score.