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 10, 2018

… and these are the fabrics I am sewing with.

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March 3, 2018

Earlier this week, I fixed up a few of my band collar shirts and I decided to take a few glamour photos of them.

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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 12, 2018

I’ve had this tote bag I really like for about 10 years now. It is the perfect size because I can use it to haul all my supplies when I’m out for the day but is still nice and slim and carries well.

It’s breaking down so I decided to recreate it. I started by taking the measurements and drafting a pattern. I bought some scrap denim fabric at my local thrift store and then went about making it. I used the denim not because I want it to be made of denim but because it is the perfect weight to make this first tester bag out of.

There were a few hiccups and some goof and gaffs along the way but in the end, it ultimately turned out well.

February 5, 2018

Last week I started the shirt and this week I finished it. Simple as that. What I had left to do was sew on the front plackets, cuffs of the sleeves and the collar. I hemmed the bottom and sewed on the various buttons too.

There were some hiccups along the way, but ultimately, I finished the project.

Oh, and how could I forget the big reveal?! I tried it on of course.

January 29, 2018

In the last two videos, I practised how to sew the various elements of a button-up shirt. In one I learned how to sew a sleeve with a placket and cuff while in the other I figured out how to sew a collar. Now, I’m combining everything I’ve “mastered” and making a complete, proper dress shirt.


January 22, 2018

I am going back to the basics and learning how to sew the various elements of a dress shirt. Last week it was the collar and this week it is the sleeves.

Overall the process went fairly well, of course, there were at least a few hiccups along the way but ultimately it turned out well and I’ve learned something new.

Yay me.

January 15, 2018

I have been struggling to sew the collars on my past few shirts, so I decided to take a step back this week and make JUST a collar.