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30 garments in 1 year challenge

I’ve been gone for to long, I’ve missed y’all, and after taking to a friend a few days I’ve device to give myself a little challenge…. 30 garments in 1 year…

Am I crazy, possible, but why not? I love challenges and this one sounds like a lot of fun. In starting off with McCall’s 6462 as I’m going to be participating in pretty girls sew November challenge.

After that I’m going to be making a corset based off of for a very understanding friend who understands I’m still new to this resulting hobby. then, well, we will see.

I also have decided that the last 10 garments are going to be my own creations, and not made from patterns.

My time frame is around 2-3 garments a month.

Wish me luck everyone!!!


Tip Friday

Hey all,

With all the different days we have, (throwback Thursday, Formal Friday), I decided to add to that with #TipFriday.  Just a quick post on a tip that I found or I’ve figured out.  Since I’m still figuring it all out, I decided to post a little tip I found over on Pintrest this morning.  How to sew bias tape easily every time.  Shout-out to The Haby Goddess.  Have a great weekend!  What’s everybody working on?

Keep Crafty

The Dude.

Zipper foot vanquished!

Hey all, I decided to try the zipper foot again, and I figured out the problem, it was f’ing sewing machine 101!! I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I forgot to put the foot down. SIGH

Anyway, that’s done and now I’m going to take a part a perfect good summer dress. This dress:

I found it at the thrift shop for $3.29 and half off! Go me!!! I find I have the easiest time understanding something by taking it apart.

Keep Crafty
The Dude

The Pencil Bag Postmortem

Hey all,

Life took me away from the sewing machine, and I didn’t like it, no sir, not one bit.  But over the last 3 days I completed another project, this time a pencil bag.  This one right here:

Pencil bag

Now that I’ve had a chance to sleep on it, I decided a recap, a postmortem might be helpful to you and to me.

I got the pattern from this blog post just passing it along to anyone else who wants to try it out.  I learned a lot in this project, and that’s the point right? Here’s what I learned:

I hate using duck fabric, I felt like I was a in a race again time the whole time as it was fraying from the moment that I cut the pattern out.  I think using pinking shears would have helped in this regard.  If I ever try and use duck again I’ll make sure to use pinking shears.

Making a fabric tube is hard, like whoa.  I must have pinned and repinned the sides 3 or 4 times for each of the 4 round panels.  That brings up another point, making a panel that’s 4″ diameter.  Remember how we thought we never needed geometry when we learning it in school? I tried printing out a circle that was 4″ in diameter, but that didn’t work, then I started looking around for something that fit the bill.  I ended up using a roll of blue painting tape that was just about perfect.  If you all have a different idea, let me know.

Zipper foot! After trying to do the piping in step 9 with a normal presser foot and not getting as close as I wanted to the piping cord, we bought a zipper foot from a local store in Austin called Austin City Stitches. Nice ladies there with a good selection. Anyway after installing the foot which was really easy, I did a test run and with the foot and I quickly learned that it’s nothing like a standard foot.  The fabric didn’t advance unless I guided it through the machine, I’m not sure if that’s normal or not.

Sewing the zipper closed was another challenge as I didn’t baste the zipper and instead pinned it, I had an issue of trying to maneuver the bag around the machine.  Next time, I’ll just baste and be done with it.

I learned a lot on this, and I think I will be redoing the zipper sewing as it’s a bit well, gross.


That’s it for now.  I’m working on another project starting in the next day or so.  I’m going to be deconstructing a dress I bought at the goodwill for 2 reasons, 1 for a pattern, and also so I can get a better idea on how it was constructed.

Keep Crafty,

The Dude.

Guys pants!!!

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!

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.