I have finally taken up sewing. After years of
procrastination, I finally decided to start making stuff with a
sewing machine. I've always wanted to: I love costumes, clothes
don't fit, and I live a weirdo lifestyle where there's always
another dog blanket, strange home furnishing, or other miscellanea
And so, I sew.
Some of my Projects
Costume (Hallowe'en 2005) - This one was easy: we modified a
brown silk tunic (added trim, etc), made a kalasiris out of some
iridescent metallic mesh, Jessica beaded a wide collar. A few
purchased accessories, and we had ourselves an egyptian!
Wench Costume (Hallowe'en 2005) - cheap cheap $2/yard fabric
Lisa found at Wal Mart, some purchased trim, this is the Simplicity
9891 Arwen dress (a basic princess lined dress), with
modified sleeves. Turned out beautifully. Lisa made a
crinoline to go underneath.
Costume (Hallowe'en 2005) - a pirate frock coat made of
suiting from Len's Mill Store (with beautiful metal moose
buttons), quick'n'dirty track pants of brown broadcloth, a cavalier
hat made of black felt, folded up into a tricorn, an
eyepatch thrown together out of black felt at the last minute --
a few purchased accessories, I'm quite proud of the outfit. If
I remove the beard and eyepatch, and put on my glasses, I look
like Paul Revere, instead. :-)
- Coming Soon: Pirate Shirt - My pirate shirt is nearly
complete -- I'm wearing it right now. It just needs buttons and
buttonholes. When I get them on, and some pictures taken, I'll
post some of them. (December 2004)
- Blue Dress with Jacket - I made
Lisa a dress and jacket from a Simplicity pattern for a wedding
reception we were invited to. It's done, and turned out
- Hallowe'en 2004 -
2004 was the first Hallowe'en that we did significant sewing
work for the costumes: every one of our costumes has elements
that Lisa and I made or modified. I'm particularly proud of the
Gandalf hat I made.
- Christmas Stockings -
my 2003 Christmas present to Lisa and Jessica (and Lisa's to
me!) These pieces mean a lot to me.
- Pixie's TuTu - a halloween (2003)
costume for our black sausage-dog, made by Lisa.
- Sweatshirts - my first
project from a pattern
- Repair work - my drover coat
and a blanket (2003)
- Dog blanket - my first serious
project - for poor cold Buddy (2003)
- Drawstring dice bag -
my first project (2003)
My Equipment and Environment
My experience with others sewing, and with other hobbies, is
that if your tools are no good, you might as well give up and go
home. (One of the most valuable lessons I ever learned from my
dad, and the one that stuck with me is: 'Use the right tool for
the job'). Consequently, I spend some energy on my work
environment and bought a new (not used!) sewing machine.
I have a room in my house that's set up for crafts and the
like: the sewing machine occupies prime space in the room.
I have a Sears Kenmore sewing machine: the 18 stitch
(value) model. Not the fanciest or most expensive model in the
world, but one that has gotten good reviews, it seems a good solid
Since I've started sewing, I've accumulated a fair sized stash
of fabric (don't all sewers?). It's growing all the time.
Corollaries? Castaways? Crunchy Creepy Creations? Mail me: email@example.com