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Sep 16, 2010

How To: Make a Measuring Tape Belt

Riddle me this: How often have you said to yourself, "Man, I sure wish I had something to keep my pants up that shows off my tendency towards making stuff..."

Really? Never? Okay, me either, but I still like this measuring tape belt from the Mother Huddle. Sure, Destri's version is intended to hold up tiny little toddler pants, but the technique can certainly be translated for any size.     

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Sep 08, 2010

Revenge of This Nerd: Movie Character T-Shirts from Found Item Clothing

 

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If you haven't noticed already, I'm a bit of a movie freak. And my taste is not high-brow. Which is why I love the t-shirts from Found Item Clothing. These guys founded their business on this very simple idea: Why can't I have a shirt like that one guy in the movie? 

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Through utterly thorough re-watchings of fine films such as Revenge of the Nerds, What About Bob, and Real Genius, they've been able to re-create perfect replicas of shirts worn by characters in movies.

The world is on ironic t-shirt overload these days, but I think it takes a devoted fan to get super excited about wearing a shirt someone wore for just a few brief

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Aug 27, 2010

How to: Make a Wooden Necktie (and Bowtie!)

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If you're asking, "what would I do with a handmade wooden neck- or bowtie?" we have thirty-five simple words for you. "Oh my gosh, what wouldn't you do with handmade wooden neck- or bowtie?! What are you? Do you also hate Christmas and world peace? Take your terrible attitude back to your crummy totalitarianism, you drivelspot."

Now, Make a Bowtie

Okay, we'll grant it's a legitimate concern. So, I guess a better answer is: you design it, cut and shape it from soft wood, put a string through it, then post it on Instructables.

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Jul 30, 2010

How To: Dress Like a Modern Day Mad Man on the Cheap

We promise to slow down on all the Mad Men content soon, but with the beginning of Season 4 this week (I haven't watched yet, don't spoil it), there's just so much good, classy guy content to pass up.

Those fine, fine suits worn by the men on the show are the sorts of things that make anyone look sharp. My guess is they create new custom-tailored outfits for the actors from vintage patterns, which makes finding an exact match at an affordable price impossible.

But, there are a lot of slim cut/skinny tie suits available these days, so it's best to take advantage of the cut while its available. (It took me like a year to buy my first adult suit in the mid-90s...everything had huge shoulders and baggy cuffed pants, and....just, ugh.)

   

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Jul 27, 2010

How To: Measure Your Body for Perfect-Fit Clothing

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Until we're all totally rich and can afford custom suits or have perfected our own tailoring skills, most of us will have to make do with off-the-rack traditional men's clothing: suits, dress shirts, pants, etc. And since there's like a trillion little pins and plastic things all over every item in the department store, it helps to know your basic measurements before you begin to try things on.

Every man should know a the following measurements: chest, sleeve, neck, shirt size, waist, inseam, and shoe sizes. And, in order to get these things to fit properly, you need to measure yourself properly.

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Jul 12, 2010

How To: Tie a Traditional Necktie into a Bow Tie, No Cutting or Sewing Required

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I don't own any bow ties (heck, I hardly own any normal ties), but I'm a bit curious to know what I'd look like in one. Orville Redenbacher or Kanye? PeeWee Herman or this precious hipster?

But, again, I don't own a bow tie, and short of buying one just to experiment, I guess I'll never know.

Or, perhaps i will. Turns out, you can indeed tie a traditional, long necktie into a bow tie. My bet is that a skinnier tie made of light fabric will work best, to compensate for the extra length, but the end results look pretty sharp, no?  

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Jun 18, 2010

The Only Men's Shirt Pattern You'll Ever Need

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Author and blogger Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy and the two books Stitched and Time and the Embroidery Companion shares this recent buttondown she made for her husband's birthday.

The pattern she used is McCall's M6044, and it comes with five different options in a variety of styles. Given the adaptibility, something tells me this is the only from scratch men's shirt pattern one will ever need.  

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Jun 10, 2010

Make A BBQ Apron from a Canvas Tote Bag

Master Seamstress Betz White writes, "I was trying to come up with a fun Father's Day project when I spied my pile of canvas totes. Nice durable canvas...handy cotton webbing straps...then it hit me. These would make great utility aprons!"

And she was right. Minimal sewing, maximum coverage, and if it happens to get unsightly soiled from too many splatters, you can easily whip up another one.

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May 14, 2010

Bread Shoes

Okay - begin clever quips...now.

How about, "We these shoes, no one minds putting their foot in their mouth..."

Or..."If German peasants had taken to wearing these shoes, Hansel and Gretel could have been much more efficient finding their way back..."

They're edible, but not wearable, but if left out, they'll dry themselves and stick around forever.

Bread Shoes designed by twin designers R&E Prasapaliauskas

[via Design For Mankind]

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Apr 29, 2010

How To: Make a Tiny Tie from a Full-Sized One

This one's fun, whether making a tie for a tyke, or turning your own into a clip-on cause you can't quite master that double windsor.

Marigold from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! has created an ace tutorial for recycling a full-sized tie into one that'll work on a tinier snazzy dresser. "Now we's simple folk and we don't really go for them fancy clothes, and I don't like spending big money on clothes I know will only be worn once or twice. So I hit up some consignment shops and overstock stores like Ross and Marshall's and managed to throw together two formal outfits for my kids for under $30. The one thing I couldn't find was a cute tie for Milo to match his hand-me-down navy pinstripe trousers. So I did what any crafty momma would do--found a $3 tie on clearance in the men's section and made a few cuts and and stitches and managed to make a very cute boy's tie." 

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Apr 28, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Suspenders

Friends, the Twenty First Century is here, and belts are simply not the only option for keeping your pants up. We've re-embraced the bowtie, and goshdarnit, we gotta get the suspenders back in style. There was, of course. the brief suspender revival of the late eighties/early nineties that accompanied the horrid braided leather belt/Patrick Batemen trend (I'm looking at you, Tim Allen), but let's move forward.

The always excellent Running with Scissors offers a great step-by-step for making a pair of suspenders from scratch, including the y-shaped braces and adding the appropriately spaced buttons to your pants.

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Apr 16, 2010

How To: Customize an Off-the-Rack Shirt

Urban Threads' Niamh O’Connor has made a keen observation: "For some reason the embroidery industry hasn’t much tried to cater to dudes, and likewise they don’t seem to be too crazy about the idea of cute applique bunnies sewn onto their shirts. So, largely they have been ignored."

Ignored, indeed. So she created this great how-to, complete with some hardcore embroidery, bleach stenciling, patches, and some super easy scrappy-stitch adornments.

  

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Mar 18, 2010

How To: Embroider a Necktie

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It's my hope that, one day, I'll be able to make every necktie I own, from scratch. Until then, I'm digging on this idea I tripped over at the always awesome Doe-C-Doe: adding a little custom embroidery to a store-bought tie, creating lots of handmade flair and plenty of personality.

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Mar 05, 2010

How To: Make a Boy's Sweater Vest [from an Adult Sweater]

At ManMade, we feature crafts and projects for men of all kinds, including little, tiny, adorable men.

Dana from MADE came up with this boy's sweater vest tutorial, which repurposes an adult sweater and "[turns] your little man into the gentleman he was meant to be." 

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Mar 02, 2010

How To: Knit a Pair of Men's Socks

As last week's Handmade Haiku intimated, I haven't yet mastered the skill sets to make myself a super - knitter, but when I do, oh, buddy, am I going to make a pair of socks for myself.

Warm, snuggly, and with the moisture - wicking power of wool! I especially love all the details: the contrast color in the toes and heels, the fun 70's racing stripes, and the cuff on the top.  

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Feb 26, 2010

How To: Sew a Pair of Boxer Shorts

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During Valentine's Day season, a whole bunch of craft and style blogs did round-ups of special, handmade ladies undergarments. I kept my eyes open for an article on underwear for the gents, but it never surface.

So I did some research, and this is best of the free how-tos out there.  

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Feb 11, 2010

How To: Tailor a Button-Down Shirt for a Perfect Fit

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Men's shirts are sized in crazy ways - sometimes its sleeve length and neck dimensions, sometimes they're in chest dimesions (like a suit), and often, just the unpredictable small-medium-large. So, men, too, often have to buy for certain body measurements - length, sleeve, neck sizes, chest girth - and have other aspects not fit. It's why most men's button down shirts are baggy with big sleeves, and that weird muffin-top thing that billows out when we tuck them in.

So, next time you find that perfect vintage buttondown at the second hand shop, but it's flows around you like you're swimming in a gingham plaid Superman cape, pay the .99

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Feb 08, 2010

How To: Sew a Necktie

Don't tell my mom, but I don't actually mind wearing a tie...Granted, with my job and social circles, it's a rare occassion when it's appropriate, so when I find my self needing to rock the half-windsor, it's kinda fun.

Every North American man has plenty of connections to the necktie: As kids, we learn to knot them. As teenagers, we learn to hate them. But as grown-ups...as grown-ups, my friends...

Well, we can learn to sew our own.

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Jan 02, 2010

How To: Fused Plastic Belt

Here's a fresh take on the fusing plastic bags/DIY Tyvek trick: creating a strong base with opaque white plastic bags for durability, then adding an attractive top layer for some graphic punch!

Materials:

  • 1.5" cotton webbing (or polyester or nylon)
  •  Plastic grocery bags or other plastic packaging
  • Fray Check or thread glue
  • Belt buckle (I took one off an old belt)
  • 3/16" metal eyelets and eyelet tool (make sure your belt prong will fit through this size)
  • Coordinating thread (and heavy duty thread if you have it around)
Tools needed: sewing machine, scissors, and hammer

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Dec 30, 2009

Bleach Printed Hooded Sweatshirt

Whether Derek "Bones" Boe intended this sweatshirt hack - an anatomical(ish) skeleton handpainted with bleach - or it began as a mistake, the results are incredible, and exponentially better than a tradtional screen print.Derek

  

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