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  • A Reversible Purse

    Check out this reversible purse and cropped jacked I made from something old.

  • A New Way to Stay Warm

    Like a coat for your lower half--these uniquely styled snow pants are easy to put on and take off.

  • A New Kind of Jeans

    Are you sick of your jeans ripping in the left knee and pulling off your bum when you sit down or bend over? I sure was.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Guide for Sewing Quality Jeans at Home

A couple years ago I put together this online guide to sewing jeans.  I realize it's rough around the edges, but as far as I can find it is the most in dept online guide to making your own jeans out there.  The next time I sew another pair of jeans I'm going to fine tune this guide, adding better quality pictures and making it much more detailed (especially the section on designing them yourself) and publishing it as a guidebook available in digital and hard copy.  I also want to make some instructional videos.

Until then, it stands as a very useful guide for sewing excellent industrial quality jeans at home.

Friday, March 15, 2013

I think this robot is awesome!

I think a robot like this would make designing custom fit clothing so much easier.  I want one....

Thursday, January 24, 2013

12-way Convertivle Knit Jacket

This is a knit jacket with detachable fingerless gloves, detachable sleeves, a detachable hood, and the waist section unzips to convert it into a cropped jacket.  All detachable section zip off with zippers.  The jacket has buttons up the front with no zipper, and faux fur trim on the hood.

It can be worn as a full jacket, a cropped jacket, a vest, or a cropped vest, or you can just wear the arms and gloves as arm warmers.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Making Footed Leggings Out of an Ungly Old Dress

So yesterday my sister asked me if I thought an old ugly dress she bought at SAVERS to use for some project or other that never happened could make a nice pair of footed leggings (or really thick tights).  So, I used a pair of capri length leggings I had and an old sock as a basis for the pattern and adjusted the lengths and widths slightly to compensate for the seams and difference in elasticity.

I first cut out one half (the front and the back of one leg) then I pinned the two sides together inside out and folded it on top of the remainder of the dress fabric and used it as a pattern to cut out the second half (this makes both legs the same proportions).  I pinned it.  Used a serger around the outside and reinforced it with a stretch stitch.  I turned them the right way around, stitched the top over about an inch--forming a waistband and put some elastic in it.

Anyway, this is a picture of me wearing them--what do you think?

Thursday, January 3, 2013


I've always liked making jewelry, but besides making two necklaces with wooden fish I carved when I was a teenager I've never really made any jewelry--until last night.  So, last night I decided to make some braided necklaces.    I like them a lot and I'm going to make more of them.   I'm going to start carving my own beads out of wood and burning designs into them with my wood burner and selling them.  Let me know what you think.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Altered Sleeves

I had this shirt where the sleeves were uncomfortably tight if I lifted my arms at all.  So, I cut them off and used the snaps on the old cuffs to decorate the sides of the sleeves.

Cropped Jacket and Matching Reversible Purse

I had this old military style jacket that was really poofy at the bottom and it made me feel, well... poofy.  Anyway, I got sick of it and cut off the sleeves (because they were a bit tight at the elbows) and cropped it shorter, following the curvature under my ribs, and added some elastic in the back.  I finished and frayed the edges and the front pockets.  Then I made a reversible purse with the scraps