Friday, January 15, 2010

BUNNY! – a wee wonderful patterncard

For these little guys I employed the help of Adam, my partner in crime…and craft. Ever since we got these adorable, aeronautic woodland creatures I’ve been dying to make one.  So we made two! These little guys are perfect for gifts or just a good way to kill a couple of hours. We put on some old episodes of Strangers With Candy, cracked a bottle of bourbon and got down to business. It was crazy easy, so I’m not including a play by play, but here is what they looked like in pieces.

I’m definitely no expert hand-sewer, but Adam sure is. While his construction was much nicer than mine, they each have a personality of their own.  In fact, much like dogs and their owners, I think these guys look like their respective makers. Can you guess which one is mine?


posted by Daniel

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

3 Shirts in 3 Days

After having my blog hijacked by the boss-lady, I decided it was time for a new post! I spent a moment in heavy contemplation before I realized that I could kill two birds with one stone; I could manage to beef up my wardrobe and find a way to work on my Christmas vacation. Because I’m just that dedicated. Once the Christmas feast was made and consumed and I was sure I would explode from all the gluttony, I decided to step into the sweatshop and put myself to the test.  Thus was born my new post: 3 Shirts in 3 Days.
I know what you must be thinking, you’re thinking I’m crazy and you’re certainly right, but now that the craziness is finished I have three lovely additions to my increasingly jaunty wardrobe. I ended up using Kwik Sew pattern #3422 in a size small. This particular pattern is actually the one used for our button down shirt class, so for those of you that took the class before can use this as a refresher. Those of you who think the class would be too hard for them (I know you’re out there) hopefully this will in some way relieve your trepidation.
I chose to make the short sleeve version because that’s really all I wear, and the only change I made was to shorten the sleeve within an inch of it's life. This pattern's version of a “short” sleeve comes to my elbow, and I spent so much money on all these tattoos that I may as well show them off.

Day1 – In which our hero was almost defeated.

Defeat in stage one? I don’t know about the rest of you, but pinning and cutting is my least favorite part of sewing, and because of my increasingly meticulous approach it always seems to take me longer than any other part of a project. So, if you are anything like me you’d rather cut yourself than your fabric, but please suppress the urge. It is well known amongst those in the know that killing yourself under such conditions will ultimately doom you to an eternity of cutting in the bowels of the fiery deep.  Instead, put on some soothing music and have a glass of something. My something is almost always bourbon, but you may, of course, have whatever you choose.  Anyhow, this is what many long hours of cutting and a glass of something looks like.

By the time I finished cutting on the first day I’d already had one too many glasses of something and decided to hold off on further work until the following day.