March 18, 2019

I sewed a bomber jacket out of upholstery fabric a while back and it didn’t turn out like I had hoped, so I took a look at the mistakes and made the improvements on this coat.

March 11, 2019

I procrastinated, panicked and then scrambled last minute to come up with an idea for this week’s sewing video. I rushed to the thrift store, got a bed sheet and decided to just make a shirt.

Not only did it not go well, I had a not so helpful personality come give me a visit.

March 4, 2019

Most worthwhile things in life take twice as much time and effort than expected, or at least that’s what I am telling myself with these upcycled denim jeans.

I “finished” said jeans last week, but they were just a touch too big so this week I decided to take the extra time and tailor the jeans to get them just right.

February 25, 2019

Last week I took apart the oversize jeans I bought and this week I went about sewing my own pair.

It was more work than I anticipated and they didn’t quite turn out like I had planned. They have real 90s vibes about them, but they are a learning lesson and I figure I can just lean into the whole dad jeans thing. Own it, you know?

February 11, 2019

This week was a work week. First I learned the art of darning. It’s like patching, but rather then sewing on another piece of fabric, I interweave fresh thread to replace the damaged area. The cuffs on my nice selvedge denim jeans had torn. Then I tweaked my pants pattern a bit and finally, as a treat, I checked in with Pyjama Kid for a little musical delight.

February 4, 2019

This week I stepped away from the sewing machine and ventured around the city. I was on the hunt for a vintage men’s cable knit sweater. You know those old style white ones you see old geezers in sheep fields around Ireland wearing? One of those.

January 28, 2019

I was gifted this knit jersey fabric over the holidays that has a really 1970’s vibe to it, so I decided to look to the aforementioned decade for inspiration. I ended up sewing a mock neck short sleeve with small side slits.

I was also featured as a “man who likes to sew” on the Love To Sew Instagram page, so for a halftime break, I thought we could have a listen to the associated podcast episode because surely they featured me there too … right?

January 21, 2019

Yet another week and still no foot pedal for my serger. Mennonite Cornelius has a real go-get-um attitude so he toke over for the week and got to sewing some socks / cozies for his plants.

Full disclosure, he does speak Plautdietsch but I captioned the whole video.

January 14, 2019

I broke the foot pedal on my sewing machine so I decided to experiment with dyeing some fabric. It’s something I’ve been interested in so a perfect opportunity. Dyeing seems easy, right? I thought so too. Just put the fabric in some liquid and boom, done!

Nope. It’s a bit more complicated. It became a real learning experience for me.

January 7, 2019

Before the holidays I finished making the costume. This week, Pajama Kid got to try on his new PJs. We also did a little superhero theatre and played games.