Tag Archives : Sewing

Sew your own: Making a waistcoat from field pants

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Reading Time: 7 minutesA few weeks back I was doing a little thrifting and came across a pair of vintage Norwegian army field pants. Super condition, worn in and undamaged. Mine for a pound. Score! Only, in the same way I don’t wear denim jackets, I don’t really wear field pants either. A quirk of taste or a physical manifestation of an inner…

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Help me out: What should my next project be?

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Reading Time: 3 minutesHaving finished up the “Foreman” jacket I find myself at a lose end now. Getting back into sewing has been kind of fun and I want to keep up the momentum. Plus, it’s been truly gratifying to receive so much feedback and support, so I’d like to ride the wave of approval and crack on with another piece of home-made…

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Making my own Chore jacket – part 1

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Reading Time: 6 minutesEven with the very best of intentions, this project has been a slow starter. It’s been sitting on a shelf in the hallowed room of sewing for around a year now. I did post about it half a year back, when I thought I had worked up the gumption to give it a go (read here), so let’s let that one…

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Time for some sewing again… Merchant & Mills jacket!

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Reading Time: 4 minutesAfter a long and basically threadless Spring and Summer (bare the occasional button that needed sewing, naturally) it’s time to see about firing up the sewing machine again. Yes, I know, the blue corduroy waistcoat is still unfinished, and every time someone asks I think that it must surely be time to finish it. And it will happen, I promise! In…

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Blue Blooded, just another denim book?

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Reading Time: 5 minutesIs it just me or has there been something of a deluge of denim-related books the past couple of years? And none of them really all that good? Like this really bad one or this slightly better one. At least from where I’m sitting there has been more enthusiasm than actual content, more styled and curated photography than actual words…

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New project: Corduroy waistcoat, in royal blue!

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Reading Time: 3 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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Tweed jacket upcycle project: Day four – final stitches and all done!

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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

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Reading Time: 3 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

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Reading Time: 4 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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Tweed jacket upcycle project: Day one – shoulder pads

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Reading Time: 5 minutesLast week I posted the question: What can I do with an old vintage Harris Tweed jacket.After a surprising amount of input on which of the three projects I should select to put an old Harris Tweed jacket through, I have decided that the first project will be to go slouchy on this one. Or try to unconstruct it, in…

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