I’ve pointed out before that my first sewing studio was a closet – a closet with a shag-green carpet (occasionally redolent with cat piss; joy!); and a closet I shared with my partner’s computer and with our clothes! This was in an impossibly-small studio apartment! There wasn’t even enough room for my sewing machine (a cheap plastic Kenmore my mother bought me) – I had to store it on the porch in a cabinet.
So I know all about how hard it is to “make space”.read more
When people learn I sew they often tell me, “Oh I can’t even sew on a button!” – it’s an oft-repeated phrase that means, essentially, one has no sewing skills whatsoever. But I find this phrase funny because actually, sewing on a button is more difficult than it seems!
Here I’ll illustrate how to enact a button installation – in this case on a folded edge of felt. My method hides thread tails and creates a very strong, and very tidy result. It can be used almost any place you need a button – whether a new garment, or a repair!read more
Bow ties never went out of style, but they are enjoying the spotlight again at the moment. My sons and partner all enjoy wearing this type of neckwear and it is not only satisfying to make them, it is the absolute perfect opportunity to add some panache to the...read more
You know, I rarely do a basic-basic tutorial, but recent events inspired me! I put together four maxi skirts from African wax print cotton (two adult and two matching toddler skirts), and the project was delightful. Besides the kidney-shaped pocket pieces, every...read more
As simple as menswear shirts are for me now, for a long while I struggled to understand their components. Years ago when I started wanting to convert my shirts to an entirely clean finish (meaning no serge, pinked, or zig-zagged internal seams) I really foundered in...read more
Tunic in knit chiffon with pintucks and french seams. This garment weighs next to nothing. xxx ooo #sewing #vegantailor #customclothing #bespokehogaboom #bespoke #cotton #black #vegan A post shared by Bespoke Hogaboom (@kellyhogaboom) on Feb 18, 2018 at 1:41pm PST...read more
Since it's my blog I don't actually need a particularly catchy title for my posts; today I am banging out a few photos of lingerie sewing methods that have served me well. I'm also posting as much of my butt as I'm comfy posting in public right now. The background:...read more
Pocket pr0n! There are many ways to create a double-welt pocket, but this is my favorite for a very fast and easy pocket. This method involves no measuring (that's right!), and no interfacing. Best of all, it's really easy to memorize. This translates to great-looking...read more
Shown here: patches in taffeta (silver) and satin (red), augmenting a hoodie and jacket, resp. I've long loved the look of a bit of posh on casual wear. It took me a few tries to get the look I wanted - a raised puffy patch, quilted, that retained its shape accurately...read more
[Stuart voice]: "Look what I can do!" The Beyoncé "Hold Up" dress (here's the original: yes, it's amazing!) was my biggest project this Halloween. A friend saved up and went big - she not only requisitioned the dress, she acquired the hair, shoes (which were then...read more