Studio open for business!

January 24, 2015 - 7:15 am

I will be opening the Hack Your Clothes studio for business on Monday. Since it’s in my home I won’t be posting the address- message me for details. My initial open hours will be:

Mend it Mondays: 4 – 9pm, $5 – $20 suggested donation.
Come to the studio to borrow tools and get help from more experienced clothes hackers. We can help you fix whatever is wrong with your garment, no matter what has happened to it.

We have tools and skills to help you mend tears and holes, fix picks in sweaters, remove pills, fix or replace zippers, apply patches, and give advice on removing stains. Bring us your wardrobe challenges- we love them.

Thrifty Thursdays: 6 – 9pm, $5 – $20 suggested donation.
Bring in something that doesn’t fit your body or style and leave with something that does.

Always wanted a pocket in your favorite pants? Do your jeans suffer from saggy bottom syndrome? Maybe they are too tight to wear comfortably? Do you have an awesome tee you don’t wear because it doesn’t fit as well as your favorite old ratty one?

We can help you refashion your garments into whatever you can imagine. We also love taking thrift store finds and turning them into fabulous one of a kind garments. Come join in the creative fun!

Every other Week: Fix it Fridays: 4 – 9pm, $5 – $20 suggested donation.
Have a sewing machine that isn’t? Bring it in and we’ll help you out!

We specialize in vintage and antique machines including treadles. If you want to get grandma’s old black Singer working again that’s our sweet spot, but we can also help sort out most modern machines as long as they don’t have stripped gears or fried electronics.

We buy bargain vintage machines from Craigslist and thrift stores to clean up and tune up, and always have some on the shelf that haven’t made it to the bench for their spa day yet. You can adopt one of these and we’ll help you revive it to tip-top running condition, or bring in your own fabulous find!

Monthly membership suggested donation $60 – $120 sliding scale.

Pattern development

December 23, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Today I drafted a pants block in illustrator. I wanted to use, but it’s not ready for prime time. So I looked at a bunch of online tutorials for the Illustrator skills, and found this blog post with pants block drafting instructions. 

I started here:

pants block start

Then added landmarks:

pants block landmarks

Then the pattern itself:

pants block all layers

Which ends up looking like this: 

pants block draft

And prints out and assembles into this:


Next up I will cut a muslin and test it!

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