It’s two days after the brilliant Mighty Hoopla festival in London and I’m still on a (metaphorical) high. But from a sewing perspective, it’s decidedly a case of mixed emotions. I’ve been ill recently (including a brief spell in hospital) and, coupled with our busy social schedule, I’ve been away from the sewing machine for… Continue reading Sometimes the clothes do not make the man. And vice versa.
Life has sort of gotten in the way of sewing recently, leaving me a little annoyed with myself that it’s more than a month since my last update. Marc and I are getting married later this year, and we’ve also decided to move up to Manchester. As an ex-Londoner, I’m finding Bristol small – and since Marc… Continue reading Red denim dungarees – part 2, and more besides.
I’ve been a busy boy recently, and after my initial fervent fortnight’s sewing I’ve been away from the machine for a little while. Part of the reason was sewing fatigue, and another was a recent road trip to help a friend relocate to Amsterdam. We drove down to London to pick him up, and I gave… Continue reading Loose threads
Since the creation of my denim romper went so well, Marc has asked me to fashion (pun intended) him a pair of red dungaree shorts that he can wear to Mighty Hoopla in June. I’ve realised fairly instantly that buying patterns can be expensive, so it pays to recycle and re-imagine wherever possible. With this in… Continue reading Red denim dungarees shorts – part 1
After lots of cutting and preparing, there’s no more dicking about: it’s time to put this puppy together. I chose to use contrasting orange thread for the stitching, for that proper ‘jeans’ feel. The problem is this shows up every last error, of which there are many. The flat felled seam on the right shoulder… Continue reading Denim romper – part 3!
When working with my calico practice romper, I realised why the original pattern called for a 24-inch zip: it’s entirely necessary for a stand-up pee. I had stitched up the gusset an extra two inches, which meant having to take it off my shoulders to use the loo. But because it was stitched up, getting it off… Continue reading Denim romper – part 2
The problem with being a boy is that, traditionally, you have a fairly limited range of clothing options. Shirts and T-shirts. Trousers and shorts. Jackets and jumpers. The odd vest on sunny days. They all follow fairly traditional shapes. In silhouette terms, women are dining at an all-you-can-eat buffet with a near-endless array of flavours and combinations; men,… Continue reading Denim romper – part 1