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Making Sure the Cuffs and Collar Match

Making Sure the Cuffs and Collar Match

Now that I had my front and back piece patterns finalized, it was time to draw up the patterns for the sleeves and the collar. The good news is that both of these require far fewer steps, and are less complicated to draft than the front and back pieces were. The...
See My Vest?

See My Vest?

In our last thrilling episode I had drawn up a pattern for the front and back pieces of my suit jacket, decided it looked wrong, scrapped it, and drawn up a second pattern I was much happier with. The next step is to make the patterns for the sleeves, and then the...
ACME Sew-It-Yourself Suit Kit

ACME Sew-It-Yourself Suit Kit

Now that all of the fabric was in hand and I’d taken all of the necessary measurements, the next logical step was to draft my pattern. I’d been looking forward to this part. Something about using a square and a yardstick to draw on a huge piece of paper makes me feel...
The Tale of the Tape

The Tale of the Tape

Today, we talk about taking my measurements. I have not been looking forward to this. I suspect you haven’t either. I give you my word that I will not post any pictures of me in a state of partial undress. In return for this kindness, I will spare myself the indignity...
Test Patterns

Test Patterns

Now that I had purchased my materials, procured or made the special tools necessary for the project, and found the instructions I needed to create my pattern, all that was left was to start work on said pattern. That’s right, after all this time and effort, I was...

I Literally had Trouble Seeing the Pattern!

The story so far: I, a middle-aged man with no experience sewing and questionable taste in clothing, have decided to make a suit from scratch. I have amassed the tools, materials, and first aid supplies I will need to see the project through to fruition. There’s only...