Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Dude couldn’t sew to save his life tonight, also twitter

So after a few days away from the machine, tonight I got back in the saddle, trying to make this pencil bag and I couldn’t get anything right.  My thread kept breaking, I miss cut fabric the fabric, (twice!), I mislaid some piping, and realized I sewed the wrong end of and panel… so I stopped for the night, there are times when the mojo just isn’t there and you need to step away, and so I did.  Tomorrow I will try again and I’m sure things will work easier.

I’ve been reading Tim Gunn’s book Golden Rules and beyond his catch phrase of “Make it work”, he has a wealth of experience and stories to tell.  I learned that while it wasn’t an ideal situation, I tried to make it work and do with what I have.

Also on a different note, I’m now on twitter, never been on twitter, but decided to be the Dude on twitter as well. I’m if you’d like to follow, I promise to follow back.


Keep Crafty

The Dude



Guys pants!!!

Oh before I forget, on Reddit, a guy mentioned that his small company just released a pattern for guys pants that I wanted to try out.  I thought they looked really cool, so I decided to give it a go! I’m going to wait a bit as I want to get some more practice with sewing before I try something a bit more adult.  But they look really nice, and the pattern isn’t expensive at all.  


I’ll post when I get them started!

My 1st Garment

Simplicity 6478

I wanted to show off my 1st garment I sewed.  It was a Simplicity 6478.  Normal people tend to start with a pillow or pillow case.. Nope not the Dude, I jumped right in with a dress, albeit it a pint sized dress for a pint sized girl. I loved being able to Jazz with this pattern, I decided to change the halter to a button closure:

because I wasn’t sure how easy it would be get it over her head.  Also I learned that the patterns have the suggested fabrics, and while this wasn’t suggest it was just too too damn cute to pass up on .

I was thinking about everything I learned making this dress; reading a pattern, cutting them and understanding while lines to cut, using pins, threading a sewing machine needle, setting the tensions on the top and bottom, different types of stitches, understanding how to see a garment in your head in 3 space, sometimes it’s right side out, sometimes wrong-side, how to do a lettuce flounce, (what a flounce is).

I think my little model likes her dress.  🙂 *proud daddy*

My next is going to be another dress the Butterick B5020 and some Christmas ornaments. Also a few Christmas presents. 🙂

PS: I am a lefty and the wife isn’t, so I treated myself to a pair of Gingher shears from Amazon

Gingher Shears

Stay crafty my friends.

A guy who sews?

Damn right! I’ve been wanting to sew for along time, and being a guy it’s a bit daunting, we’re not taught growing up how to baste, blind, or hem.  It’s kind of silly if you think about it.  How often could we hang on to a pair of jeans or shirt if we had the knowledge on how to sew? I know I could have saved several pairs of pants that way.

I’ve encoutnered other guys who will tell me on the side that they sew but always in a nervous tone.  Fark that, I’m happy I sew, it’s a handy skill and it’s a great problem solving engineering exercise. If you don’t like that a guy sews, deal.  I decided to drop all pretense to gender roles and do what makes me happy.

Anyway, this is my blog, I’m going to be posting outfits, tips, and sales that I come across.  I’m working on a dress for my daughter and am excited to show you all the final outcome. I also have a BUNCH of other ideas that I want to look at doing once the skills are up to snuff.

Also Hancocks is having a HUGE sale on patterns at my store in Austin, the Vogue patterns were $4-$5 each. I was thrilled, we stocked up on a bunch of fabric and patterns.