Tag Archives : Sewing machine

New project: Corduroy waistcoat, in royal blue!


Reading Time: 5 minutesIt’s been a while now since I last got down to some serious sewing. I did the tweed jacket upcycle in the Autumn, but that was only a little hand-stitching. Since then I bought a new sewing machine, and to be honest it’s been sitting there, silent, taunting me, willing me to just get down to it. So, with a…

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Get your fscked jeans darned well


Reading Time: 5 minutesNothing lasts forever, and especially not a pair of jeans that are worn day in and day out, rarely washed and only given tough macho love. Even more so if you’re the type of person that treats your jeans totally without mercy, all in the name of evolving the fades and getting that personal wear. This makes for a truly…

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Tweed jacket upcycle project: Day four – final stitches and all done!


Reading Time: 4 minutesLast week I posted part four of my Harris Tweed jacket upcycling project. If you’re only just coming to find it, you’ll want to read back to the original idea outlined here, and part one here , part two here and part three here. I’ll wait patiently until you’re up to speed on what is going on here at the Laboratory of Total Tweedism. The previous part saw…

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Tweed jacket upcycle project: Day three – steam and rework


Reading Time: 4 minutesLast week I posted part three of my Harris Tweed jacket upcycling project. If you’re only just coming to find it, you’ll want to read back to the original idea outlined here, and part one here and part two here. I’ll wait patiently until you’re up to speed on what is going on here at the Laboratory of Total Tweedism. At the end of…

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Tweed jacket upcycle project: Day two – the front room


Reading Time: 6 minutesLast week I posted part two of my Harris Tweed jacket upcycling project. If you’re only just coming to find it, you’ll want to read back to the original idea outlined here, and part one here, ok? I’ll wait patiently until you’re up to speed on what is going on here at the Laboratory of Total Tweedism. So, the sun…

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Re-fitting your shirt made easy


Reading Time: 8 minutesA visit from my youngest son finally gave me the push I needed to do a write-up on ill-fitting shirts and a fairly easy remedy for it. All you need is either some very basic skills with a sewing machine, a little time and patience, and a shirt that is too large of body. There are a few measurements a…

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Waistcoat Wednesday: Version 4 is all about the stripes


Reading Time: 6 minutesI know, I’ve been late in delivering the next iteration of the Waistcoat Project. To be honest, this one caused me so much trouble it almost sunk the entire project. The Singer just totally refused to do the buttonholes for me. So much so that I’ve since invested in a vintage Singer for future buttonhole duties. The issues with the…

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A mantique addition to the Waistcoat Laboratory


Reading Time: 8 minutesRegular readers will no doubt have noticed that there has been something of an upsurge in the art of sewing here at Well Dressed Mansion, even going so far as to establish the Waistcoat Laboratory. The Waistcoat Lab is on a mission to evolve and improve the common waistcoat through a series of increasingly elaborate garments designed and assembled by…

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