Adventures in… Sewing?

Proof that, under no circumstances, should I be trusted with needle and thread.

Friday night was declared to be Costume Night at improv, which meant that if I wanted to pretend to be cool, I needed a costume. I decided to go as Number 6 from The Prisoner. Not only would the outfit not be too complicated (basically requiring a dark blazer with white piping around the edge), but also it would be obscure enough to require me to explain who I was to everyone since apparently only one person besides myself had ever seen the show. Philistines.

So I needed to make Number 6′s blazer. First step was acquiring a suitable sport coat from Goodwill, since that’d be the cheapest place to get one. No problem there. Then I needed to figure out how to add the white trim.

I figured that a craft store would have the necessary supplies. The trip reminded me why I never go to craft stores. Half the store was taken up with various Christmasy junk. One corner was engulfed in an intense cloud of potpourri or insense or something that reeked and nearly choked me every time I went back there. After a good deal of searching, I located some non-frilly white ribbon that seemed suitable. But how to attach it? To be safe (since I had no intention of coming back), I bought double-sided tape, glue, and needles and thread.

Did I mention I had no idea what I was doing?

Anyway, back at the apartment, after finishing up the Operating Systems project whose deadline had been extended no less than three times, I got to work. Double-sided tape was out, since I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to peel off the covering of the second sticky side. A quick test proved that the glue wasn’t going to work at all. Which left me with needle and thread.

Now, my knowledge of sewing is basically limited to three basic facts:

  • You need a needle.
  • You need thread.
  • Inevitably, you’re going to end up putting the needle into your thumb.

Luckily, I managed to avoid any serious injury. A few hours later, the World’s Worst Sewing Job was complete. Every bit of stitching was uneven, often not even near the edge, and sewn at irregular intervals. I had no idea how you’re supposed to keep the ends of the thread from working themselves undone, so I taped each of them down onto the hidden surfaces of the blazer. I don’t think that’s standard practice, but it was good enough for me.

Nevertheless, the end result didn’t turn out half bad, considering. Especially if you didn’t look at it too closely. It was recognizable as a rough reproduction of Number 6′s blazer, especially when coupled with a black shirt and khaki pants.

3 Responses

  1. You’re an idiot for not being able to figure out how to peel off the covering of the second sticky side of the double sided tape. You’re even more of an idiot for admitting this to the whole world, everything that’s in this entry :) That’s it, when you come home for Thanksgiving, I’ll have to give you a sewing lesson, since I’m cool like that :D

    For future references, if you don’t want to stick yourself with the needle, wear a thimble on your thumb. And to have avoided this whole mess, you should’ve bought some “Tacky Glue”, that stuff sticks to EVERYTHING.

    Oh yea, to make it so that the thread doesn’t work itself undone, you make a knot, not tape it. Silly boy.

  2. You’re an idiot for not being able to peel off the covering of the second sticky side of the double-sided tape. You’re even a bigger idiot for admitting all this to the whole world. That’s it, when you come home for Thankgiving, I’m giving you a sewing lesson, since I’m cool like that :)

    For future reference, you make a knot at the end of the thread to keep it from working itself undone. Silly boy

  3. It’s not a question of intelligence in getting the backing off the double-sided tape. There was no way to get it started. The best I ever managed was to somehow split the backing in two. In either case, it’s questionable whether it would’ve been strong enough to bend the ribbon around the edge of the blazer anyway; the glue certainly didn’t.

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