December 28, 2009
I can’t really grow too good of a mustache. Certainly not one like these. So a few months ago I came across an idea I’d written down: “Scarf with mustaches/faces on it, to line up when you wrap around your own. Or maybe a fleece neckwarmer with just one face.”
I’d recently started sewing, and this seemed like a project I could tackle. I took apart a neckwarmer I already had to see how it was put together, consulted with a couple of friends who are far better at sewing than I am, and promptly began turning out some trainwrecks.
Eventually, things started to come together. I optimized the process so I could make one in less than the 3 hours each it took to make the first few. I put a few on Etsy and got a good response, even a few requests for custom designs.
I’m really excited to find that other people have the same sense of humor and fashion (although I use that term loosely) as I do. My dream at the moment is to be able to chase after a random stranger I see on the streets, yelling “Hey! I made that!” The odds are getting better and better every day.
The neckwarmer is made from two pieces of fleece: one color called “camel” (how appealing!) and one “charcoal.” A single piece would be a lot easier, but I think the look is really made by the way it angles along the jawline and mimics the shape of the face. It’s double-layered, and because the two layers are only attached at the seam it can be “rolled” to place the mustache in a different location in relation to the top of the neckwarmer.
The mustaches are also made from fleece. Usually three layers, stitched around the edges. The extra layers give the ‘stache some volume and rigidity, so that the handlebars will stand out appropriately. They’re attached to the neckwarmer down the middle and partway across the top, so that the ends are free to pop out.
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February 17, 2016
First created in 1860, the Erlenmeyer flask has come to symbolize chemistry, and by extension science as a whole. I wanted to use that symbol to create an item of functional decor, and what better for that than a lamp, with the relationship between the light bulb and the “aha!” of an idea?
February 04, 2016
For over a decade I’ve had kicking around in my garage’s attic the cases from a couple of old original-style Macintoshes, waiting for just the right project.
One day, after staring at them stacked in my office, I realized that they had a similar form factor to the classic bullet-top garbage cans with the swinging lid. I could give one of these a new (slightly unceremonious) life as a garbage can!
January 20, 2015
I’ve been going through a moon phase recently (pun absolutely intended), and thought it would be fun to make a wearable or totable that displayed the current state of the moon. There would be a bit of hardware involved, so a purse seemed like the perfect vehicle—you’re already carrying a load of other things, so there’s no harm in the addition of a small battery pack or a pile of LEDs.