May 21, 2018

I’m still very much learning how to sew, so I am and will be repeating projects … often. This weeks video is one such repeat.

A few months ago I made my first button up shirt and it was okay but kind of meh so I am returning to sewing a button up but incorporating what I learned from the first one, making new mistakes but generally, improving my skills.

Since the first shirt, I have modified my basic body pattern which means I also had to remake elements of my pattern like the collar, placket, etc …

But most importantly, because I’m still learning, I went to the thrift store and picked up a used bed sheet for $3.50 as my fabric.

May 20, 2018

I’ve spent the last few weeks making these shirts. Granted they’re just simple t-shirts, the fabric is a super soft bamboo jersey with some weight, the pattern is designed to fit my different sized arms and the stitching is pretty decent so I’m please as punch with them. Plus, they’ve been through the wash and

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May 17, 2018

I make one every day, but this list is for my fashion goals for the year. At the beginning of the year I figured I’d be buying all the items but I’m improving quicker than I thought and I am going to make a bunch of these myself now.

Having said that, I’ve crossed off a total of 1 item and the year is almost half over, so chop chop.

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May 14, 2018

I wasn’t ready to let go of last week’s project. Sure, I had a lot of struggles and that is fine, but I wanted to see if there was some way of getting the ribbed knit fabric on the neck of the t-shirt the same shade as the tee fabric itself. I went to my local dyeing specialist, got some supplies and gave it a try.

May 10, 2018

I am a serious dude, I only discuss important things and ponder deep thoughts for hours on end. Psych! I’m a silly goose and I like wearing turtlenecks because I have a jawline like bedrock hewn by an iceberg … But also, wearing one feels like getting neckhugs from a bunny.

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May 7, 2018

This project was as simple as it gets … a t-shirt. I wasn’t just using any old fabric though, I bought myself a brand new, really luxurious, velvety smooth, soft fabric that feels like being wrapped in bunnies. But not only that, it also has some weight and isn’t wafer thin like the ones you can get at your favourite fast fashion joint.

So aside from the awesome fabric, a simple straightforward project, right?! Nope! I just couldn’t seem to win! I kept coming up against challenges or just simply messed something up. Ugghhh.

I didn’t give up, persevered and eventually created a beautiful tee for myself. So in the end, yay me!

April 30, 2018

Every week I sew some sort of project but what I haven’t been showing is how I am altering and tweaking the pattern before I start filming. I’ve nearly got my upper body pattern just how I want it, so this week, that’s my focus. I’m going to get it right once and for all.

I fixed up the body piece but also made patterns for both the short and long sleeves.

I can proudly say I got it all right and now, I always have a base to work off of. I can make t-shirts, button-ups, sweaters, polos and, well, you name it really. If it’s a top, I’ve got a pattern to work off of now. Yay me.

April 26, 2018

This week’s project: a simple, clean & minimalist band collar polo. I made it out of a fairly heavy cotton twill — the type of material chinos are made of — which works out perfectly for these cool spring mornings.

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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 21, 2018

I’ve been wearing this new hand-stretching splint at night for a week now and it’s heaps better than the last one. Unlike the first one, there are no pressure point pains that wake me up half way through the night. Yay.

The only real thing I would want to do next is to make it look better, so … maybe a future video?

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