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Posts for July 31, 2009


My hat arrived. I have no idea when my love for hats started, somewhere before my teen-years for sure. I never did really wear them, my head was usually too round to fit them properly. I wore baseball caps, and that was about it. For a very long time I wanted a black top-hat, almost like a magician's but a bit shorter. Too long seemed a bit impractical. For years I'd browse hat-stores every once in a while, and when I got internet I googled them. Up until this week I never found (perhaps I lacked the google-foo) the hat that I wanted. Either they were too high, or too expensive. I wouldn't dare to go out on the street with an expensive hat, so it had to cost a fair amount, not a ridiculous amount.

And this week, I found it. The perfect hat. With a feather. It arrived today and it is awesome. So very awesome. I never want to take it of again.

Gauntlets, or whatever you want to call them.

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Annoyed with my too long trousers (happens often, I have short legs) I whipped out my trusty sewing-machine and fixed that problem in two minutes. Fold, sew, cut excess fabric, didn't bother with anything fancy (though it doesn't look very bad). I aim for a virtual no-viewing policy in that area, not sure if that'll work out, but we'll see. Don't know why anyone would go stare at my hems anyway.

So, while I had the machine out, I decided to make some arm-warmers / gauntlets / watchacallems to wear with my t-shirts. I simply took a bit of fabric in the desired length, measured the width of my hand (ex thumb), took the width twice and cut it out. Then I hemmed all sides to make it easier to handle, and after that folded it, sewing the long sides together with an opening for my thumb. Looking online I found an easy tutorial explaining almost exactly what I did (differences don't really matter anyway).

For fun, I also made myself a little reflector-wristband with push-buttons. Considering stitching something on it...

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