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 https://twitter.com/thedudesews if you’d like to follow, I promise to follow back.
I am a man who believes that meat tastes best from an open grill. Have a great Sunday.
Sew my friends, (see what I did there?), we’re almost to school time and that means millions of munchkins will be heading back to school. I found this fun pencil box, I’m going to make 1 for me and one for my (GASP), middle schooler. I’ll try to have it finished by Monday.
930pm perfect time to get started, no?
Oh before I forget, on Reddit, a guy mentioned that his small company http://www.threadtheory.ca/ 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!
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
Stay crafty my friends.
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.