July 16, 2018

My ironing board looks like bloody murder, literally. I accidentally melted my red wax tailor crayons in a previous video, combined with it just being really old and stained over time. Full disclosure, I did get it for free so who knows the history?!

So … I went to the haberdashery shop, picked up my supplies, then stopped by the thrift store for fabric and got to work.

July 9, 2018

This week there was no time for any goofs or gaffs, it was straight to business to get the pants done. This series has gotten too long. I did however invite my family (Manny & Mandy) to hang out while I sewed because I figured they could offer the entertainment factor. They did. Watch the

July 2, 2018

After 4 weeks, I finally got myself a pants pattern that I am okay with so I went to the thrift store and picked up some fabric. I figured I’d find some meh-cloth, but then there it was: a deliciously beautiful blue, supple and soft “Superfine Worsted All Wool Made in England.” Holding it up though, I realized that if only I was smart about it, there’d be JUST enough to make one pair of pants.

Let the trouser sewing adventure begin 🙂

June 25, 2018

I really don’t have anything new to say here. I’m still trying to get this pants pattern thing just right! But anything worth doing is worth doing well, right? … so the pattern saga continues. Not to ruin the ending, but there is finally some progress this week … Watch the Video on YouTube →

June 18, 2018

For the last two weeks, I’ve been working on creating a new pants pattern. I created the initial one based on the Rundschau method for men’s trousers. It’s definitely an improvement on my old pattern but still not perfect. This week, I took everything I’ve learned so far and made a new, slightly modified pant pattern.

June 11, 2018

Last week I made a brand new pants pattern. I based it on the Rundschau method which turned out to be quite technical.

This week, I started by going to the thrift store and picking up some fabric and then made a basic sample pair from said pattern. Surprise, surprise, it wasn’t perfect. I adjusted the pants to get them closer and tried them on again.

By the end of the day, I had a pair of pants that are close to satisfactory, but not close enough so … tune in next week when I try again.

May 28, 2018

I finished it up. The shirt is done. But not without a story.

It was a rocky start, I stumbled through some hiccups but found my footing to continue. A ton of process later and a second hiccup, but this one large enough to change the course of the garment.

In the end the shirt got made. I learned. Summer’s here & it’s all good.

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 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 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!