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Entries in DIY (5)

Monday
Feb022015

diy tailoring

As you already know, I'm a firm believer in tailoring your clothes to find the perfect fit. I'm also a firm believer in not spending all of my money. These DIY tips are my jam. Thanks Men's Fashion Basics

All you need is a sewing machine, some cotton thread and a handful of fabrics to practise sewing in a straight line on.

Of course, the machine is going to set you back an initial outlay at first, but once you realise the extent of alterations you can do with just a basic understanding, it will more than pay for itself in the long run.

Most instruction manuals are really straight forward and easy to understand when it comes to setting it up, and once you’ve practised a bit you would be surprised how quickly your skill level evolves. I’d recommend picking up some spare needles (you’ll break a couple, trust me), some pins to take the clothing in and a picker to unpick any mistakes that you make.

Here are just a few of the alterations that I’ve started doing myself after owning a sewing machine for only a couple of weeks…

Change The Buttons

One of the easiest alterations to make, and it doesn’t even involve a sewing machine!

About.com have produced an excellent guide for beginners, entitled ‘how to sew on a flat button’, whilst you should also remember that the existing holes left from the old button provide guidance as to where your needle should be going.

So, read up on the above and then try it out on some of the old pieces you don’t wear any more (shirts, jackets, chinos, polos – the list is endless). You will be pleasantly surprised at how that old work shirt can be instantly transformed with something as simple as contrasting coloured or higher quality buttons.

I personally like swapping the buttons on my jackets for lighter shades in the summer – just another step in developing a truly seasonal wardrobe. However, many of you will want to alter the often cheap, bright white plastic buttons you find on many high street pieces (we are looking at you, Topman chinos), which will instantly make them appear more expensive and subtly separate yours from the mass-produced crowd.

Taking In A Shirt

Here you have two options: putting in darts or taking it in at the side seams. Personally, I like both methods but feel that a dart works better with a shirt made from a lighter material such as broadcloth or linen, not an Oxford cloth or flannel.

My preferred method is to turn the shirt inside out, put it on and then have a friend – that you trust – pin two darts into the back of the shirt. You then use your sewing machine to sew along the line the pins form. When you are happy with your work, simple steam the darts closed with an iron.

For an even easier way of taking in a shirt look no further than this threadbanger video:

Hemming Trousers

Again, this is super easy to do and there are plenty of videos online that will take you through the process, step by step.

Why not breathe new life into old jeans, trousers or chinos by taking them up to ankle height and treating them as your new go-to spring/summer trousers? Wear them sockless with loafers, of course.

Fabrics For Pocket Squares

The great thing about creating your own pocket square is that you can pick the EXACT fabric, colour and pattern you want, usually for a pretty low cost, from any fabric shop. Then simply follow this great guide by Eight-In-Hand for putting it together.

I tend to make mine from old shirts that have started to fray or wear in awkward places.

 

Final Word

So there you have it, a few alteration tips that you can start doing yourself for a lot cheaper than a tailor. Like I said, the sewing machine will set you back initially but once you look at it as an investment and see the amount of money that you’re saving, you’ll reap the rewards.

If you become passionate about it then it could potentially lead to you making your own clothing; I’m currently toying with the idea of making a waistcoat. Aside from the savings, it also gives your clothing an individual stamp – a stamp that you’ve done yourself. Which is sort of what style is all about.

 

- james

Wednesday
Sep032014

DIY Tailoring tips.

Found this article on fashion beans and it's pretty helpful. I had already taken to replacing buttons, but this guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to tailor multiple aspects of your clothing in your own home.

 

Introduction

As most us know, when it comes to dressing with style, rule #1 is making sure that your clothes fit you. It may sound like an obvious concept, but it’s one that still gets passed over again and again. It’s also the one rule that can TRULY make or break a look – transforming inexpensive items into expensive-looking pieces or turning designer duds into what look like high street bargain bin finds.

Unfortunately, focusing on fit is easier said than done. These days, it seems that every new emerging brand has a whole new block, cut and take on the size and shape of small, medium and large. An extra-slim cut shirt in Charles Tyrwitt is not the same as a slim cut in H&M or Gant. The chance of you picking up something off the rack that fits exactly how you like it to is going to be pretty small.

This is where a tailor enters the picture and saves the day. The pieces you buy that fit you well in certain areas but not in others can, nine times out of ten, be altered by a tailor to suit your specific body shape and preferences. They also happen to have a wealth of knowledge and experience of how individual items of clothing can be nipped and tucked in order to flatter various body shapes.

So, whether it’s breathing new life into the old pieces you currently have stored in your wardrobe or taking your brand new purchases to the next level, there’s not much a tailor can’t do in order to make you look – and feel – better.

Luckily, getting your clothes tailored professionally happens to be relatively cost effective, especially when compared to the price of designer clothing. But what happens if you have neglected your personal style for far too long and you want to tailor a large number of pieces? It can start to get pretty pricey, even if you manage to secure a discount. That’s without even considering the fact that a large percentage of our readership may not be able to afford a tailor AND new clothes at the same time.

With all this in mind, for those times that a tailor just doesn’t fit into the fiscal picture, why not try doing it yourself?

 

Beginners DIY Tailoring

Altering my clothing has become a bit of a passion project of mine. All you need is a sewing machine, some cotton thread and a handful of fabrics to practise sewing in a straight line on.

Of course, the machine is going to set you back an initial outlay at first, but once you realise the extent of alterations you can do with just a basic understanding, it will more than pay for itself in the long run.

Most instruction manuals are really straight forward and easy to understand when it comes to setting it up, and once you’ve practised a bit you would be surprised how quickly your skill level evolves. I’d recommend picking up some spare needles (you’ll break a couple, trust me), some pins to take the clothing in and a picker to unpick any mistakes that you make.

Here are just a few of the alterations that I’ve started doing myself after owning a sewing machine for only a couple of weeks…

 

Change The Buttons

One of the easiest alterations to make, and it doesn’t even involve a sewing machine!

About.com have produced an excellent guide for beginners, entitled ‘how to sew on a flat button’, whilst you should also remember that the existing holes left from the old button provide guidance as to where your needle should be going.

So, read up on the above and then try it out on some of the old pieces you don’t wear any more (shirts, jackets, chinos, polos – the list is endless). You will be pleasantly surprised at how that old work shirt can be instantly transformed with something as simple as contrasting coloured or higher quality buttons.

I personally like swapping the buttons on my jackets for lighter shades in the summer – just another step in developing a truly seasonal wardrobe. However, many of you will want to alter the often cheap, bright white plastic buttons you find on many high street pieces (we are looking at you, Topman chinos), which will instantly make them appear more expensive and subtly separate yours from the mass-produced crowd.

 

Taking In A Shirt

Here you have two options: putting in darts or taking it in at the side seams. Personally, I like both methods but feel that a dart works better with a shirt made from a lighter material such as broadcloth or linen, not an Oxford cloth or flannel.

My preferred method is to turn the shirt inside out, put it on and then have a friend – that you trust – pin two darts into the back of the shirt. You then use your sewing machine to sew along the line the pins form. When you are happy with your work, simple steam the darts closed with an iron.

For an even easier way of taking in a shirt look no further than this threadbanger video:

Hemming Trousers

Again, this is super easy to do and there are plenty of videos online that will take you through the process, step by step.

Why not breathe new life into old jeans, trousers or chinos by taking them up to ankle height and treating them as your new go-to spring/summer trousers? Wear them sockless with loafers, of course.

 

Trousers To Shorts

Got some trousers that you don’t wear anymore? I owned a few pairs like this, yet heading into summer I didn’t have any shorts that I particularly liked either. That was until I realised I could just turn these old trousers into the shorts that I really wanted, without spending any money at all.

The main problem I have with both trousers and shorts is that it’s hard to find a pair that fit my massive rugby thighs well. So even when I replace the trousers with an updated version in a different material or design, I turn the old pair into shorts so that I don’t have to hunt for the perfect fit again later on in the season.

Again, it’s an easy alteration. If you’re not fussy all you’ll need is a pair of scissors and dedication to trimming the fraying edges every couple of weeks. Alternatively, for those looking for smarter, cleaner lines, cut them to the desired length and then hem them like you would a pair of trousers.

For more information on this, read our dedicated guide we produced a few years ago.

 

Fabrics For Pocket Squares

The great thing about creating your own pocket square is that you can pick the EXACT fabric, colour and pattern you want, usually for a pretty low cost, from any fabric shop. Then simply follow this great guide by Eight-In-Hand for putting it together.

I tend to make mine from old shirts that have started to fray or wear in awkward places.

Final Word

So there you have it, a few alteration tips that you can start doing yourself for a lot cheaper than a tailor. Like I said, the sewing machine will set you back initially but once you look at it as an investment and see the amount of money that you’re saving, you’ll reap the rewards.

If you become passionate about it then it could potentially lead to you making your own clothing; I’m currently toying with the idea of making a waistcoat. Aside from the savings, it also gives your clothing an individual stamp – a stamp that you’ve done yourself. Which is sort of what style is all about.

 

- james

Tuesday
Apr152014

diy fire pit.

found this awesome diy fire pit project and figured it was the perfect beginning of summer project for the backyard. It uses washing machine drum and looks really unique. buying a pre-made fire pit will cost you $100+ easy, but this setup should be between $10-20 depending on what you already have. Check it out:

You can see the full guide here. Get to work and start your summer off right with a gathering of close friends around a fire pit at night.

 

- james

Monday
Feb112013

diy print shop kits.

I saw this on Uncrate and thought it was pretty cool, snagged their picture to show you guys the kit as well. Basically it's a DIY kit to get started with screen printing your own shirts. They have two kits, the DIY shirt kit and the DIY poster kit. I wish this was around 5 years ago because it would have made getting started a lot easier, my buddy Adam knows. So if your tired of seeing all those lame graphic tees out there or want to throw your own designs on some tees, this is the way to go. For more info and to swoop go here. Happy designing friends.

- Taylor

Wednesday
Jan042012

The King of DIY.

The DIY (Do It Yourself) trend is reaching an all time high. And as people build their own coffee tables and home decor, grow their own fuits and veggies, and undertake all kinds of creative projects, I think it's time we pay our respects to the King of DIY: MacGyver.



Anyone that watched television in the late '80s and early '90s marveled at the mental capacity of Macgyver: "His mind is his weapon." We aspired to be like him until we realized how much school we'd have to go through to get there. The man could build a bomb using only a paper clip, a match book, and a stick of gum. He could defuse a nuclear bomb using nothing more than a pocket knife and a bobby pin. He could construct an affective booby trap with only shoelace and a broom handle. All this while rocking one of the most respectable mullets of all time. A mullet that could compete with the likes of Chuck Norris, AC SLater, and Michael Bolton. He should have been sponsored by Swiss Army and Vidal Sassoon. So as you go about your projects, adding creativity and self-fulfillment to your life, observe a moment of silence for Macgyver: the DIY King.

- James