This necktie is a no-no

I made this neck tie using the pattern in Gifts to Make Vol. 2 from the editors of CraftStylish. I used some of the fabric from my wedding (we bought some extra fabric that matched the bridesmaid dresses), planning to give it to my husband when I was done. A little useful memento of our…

Tommy Boxers: Wrap-up

Just wanted to post some final thoughts on the Tommy Boxer and some things I would do differently. Overall, this is a great pattern. Really easy to follow. Very clear instructions and excellent guiding pictures. I’ll definitely make it again. Here are some items I would do differently: Size-wise, I recommend making whatever your “normal”…

Tommy Boxers: Part 5

These boxers are Minnie approved! It’s the last day of the Tommy Boxer walkthrough so let’s finish them up. Sew the Fly Here’s what your fly should look like right now. Lift the top flat and fold the corner of the bottom layer under. Then fold the top layer under as well so the edges…

Tommy Boxers: Part 4

Today we’re doing the elastic This walkthrough assumes you’ve bought the pattern which has very detailed instructions on how to pin the elastic. So I’m not going to go into some of the measurement details, but will show you what it looked like for me so you can tell you’re on the right track. Attaching…

Tommy Boxers: Part 3

Today we’re working on sewing the fly and getting some real sewing done. This is a longer post but only because I have a lot of photos, not because it’s more complicated. Folding the Fly The two sides of the fly look the same, but mirror images of each other. We’ll start with the left…

Tommy Boxers: Part 2

First thing we have to do today is a lot of folding in preparation to sew. There are actually very few seams. But if I learned anything in my sewing class it was a) use a new needle each project and b) your iron is your best friend. So we’ll start with the side vents.…

Tommy Boxers: Part 1

Today we’re starting the walkthrough of making Tommy Boxers. First thing I did was buy the pattern. I bought mine from Sew, Mama, Sew, one of my favorite sewing sites. They have a great blog with lots of fun projects and a wonderful selection of fabrics. The pattern is downloadable right after you pay. Instant…

Tommy Boxers

Here’s the next project I’ll be working on. The Tommy Boxer shorts by Sis Boom/Jennifer Paganelli. I’m making them for Frank, but will probably also make a pair for me just for kicks. I haven’t been able to find decent men’s boxers in prints I like for a reasonable price. We bought some for Frank…

Wire-wrapping an LED

Something happened to the original version of this post so I’m reposting. Sorry if you’re seeing it twice. Previously I showed how to make an LED dog collar in which I used LEDs that I had wire wrapped. Here I will show the steps for making a wire wrapped LED that you could then use…