Oh boys — isn’t it adorable when they start learning how to take care of themselves? For example, take the Scottish dudes behind the Gentlemen’s Sewing Club — a new monthly night of drinking and sewing that takes place in Glasgow. Male members learn everything from hemming and sewing on buttons, to alterations and simple pattern cutting. They’ll also be “sharing tips and stories about being modern gentlemen.”
Aw, men be doing things for themselves. Seriously, this club sounds totally the cutest. And their official club drink is the whiskey sour. [Gentlemen Sewing]
Okay, not really. This is an art installation by Seattle artist Suzanne Tidwell, who stitches large scale pieces out of brightly colored yarn and then wraps them around trees, sculptures, and light posts. Still, we think it’s pretty magical. [Apartment Therapy]
I am a fairly hopeless seamstress. It’s not for lack of trying: I have a sewing machine, a number of how-to books, and I even took sewing lessons from my great aunt for awhile (which ended when I broke her sewing machine for the third time and she started not-so-accidentally poking me in the legs with pins). If you have access to a sewing machine but lack the skills to do much more than sew a (mostly) straight line, here are few easy project ideas that can safely fulfill your crafting needs. Good luck!
Cutting edge paper thing The New York Times has uncovered a thriving underworld in Brooklyn, full of women who have taken up needles and thread for this thing called — what is it called? — sewing? Apparently, these sewing wonders, make their own garments! At home. By hand. This is a trend, this people making their own clothes thing. Crazy, I know. The Times agrees, and found the time to profile Sarah Kate Beaumont, who sews clothes out of her Park Slope apartment. Sarah Kate, who “majored in English literature at Bryn Mawr College, where she rode a unicycle in leggings and a skirt,” sewed several items of clothing “as an experiment of self-reliance and artistic whimsy,” and now it’s “a way of life.” Some (the Times actually) might say Sarah Kate’s “whimsy” and “self-reliance” are just reflective of Brooklyn’s independent spirit, its burgeoning, itching (like an STD) desire to be seen as an separate entity from Manhattan. Yes, because Brooklynites are always living their lives as a metaphor. But others (again, The New York Times, natch) might argue that the back-to-sewing movement is simply an extension of the “back to the land” pioneer movement. We say: this is not a trend. Women be making their own clothes since the beginning of times, idiots. Next week, in part two of the Times series on The Sewing Trend, a little show called “Project Runway”! [NY Times] Keep reading »
Dying for a new summer wardrobe, but don’t have the cash? Tired of having the same clothes as every other mall shopper? Then, it’s about time you get working on that custom wardrobe you’ve always dreamed about. Make Your Own Clothes will teach you to sew contemporary and classic garments with easy-to-follow instructions. Plus, the book also comes with software that helps generate patterns to fit your exact measurements. With a little practice, you’ll be able to turn any fabric, even old sheets or bargain bin remnants, into a new outfit.
“I’m a 1950s housewife. I love baking. I love sewing. Being home with Tony. My mother was like that. Always took care of her husband. I always admired and wanted to do that.” — Eva Longoria [AHN] Keep reading »
Why have hotels stopped stocking their rooms with little sewing kits? We were recently staying in one that actually charged guests for a few measly pieces of thread and a needle. That’s why it’s good to be prepared for the worst. This travel thread kit actually has eight strands of thread in 21 different colors — that’s 168 pieces of thread. So feel free to tear a shirt, lose a button, or rip a crotch. [$10, Kiosk] Keep reading »