Percy MacDugong

is creating Tailoring, bobbin lace, and patterns

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Do you like lace? Do you like sewing? Do you like having clothes that fit and look good on you, which still fit and look good twenty years after you got them? Do you like the freedom of being able to create beautiful things using just pins and thread and your bare hands, and the feeling of accomplishment of having turned a pile of beautiful fabric into a garment that is even more beautiful than its raw parts?

Drop in for regular tutorials, walkthroughs, picture essays, long rambles about the history and politics of fashion, sewing and lacemaking patterns for all abilities, and all sorts of sundry things related to making things with fabric.

My plan is to produce one "Big" tutorial a month - A bespoke, fully tailored, garment, from start to finish, with the steps from drafting the pattern and picking fabric all the way to the last bits of hand-sewing on the last button broken down into the smallest possible increments, so that there's no mystery "Just do it right!" step in the middle. Around that, I'll produce other "Small" tutorials of various levels of complexity - Other bespoke garments (things like shirts, pyjamas, etc), other sewn goods like cuddly toys or household things, and essays about the history of garment making and cloth weaving and probably sheep farming and Yorkshire history as well (Because I do have trouble staying on-topic).

I live in the middle of the Heavy Woolens district, so the landscape around me is shaped on every level by the trade in cloth; My house's earliest known occupants were handloom weavers, the local becks and ponds bear the marks of having been diverted and deepened to form millraces, the sulphurous artesian wells have been tapped to provide water for dye vats, and the streets are named for the owners of the mills which built the houses and the schools. The city got rich as a trading place for the local farmers and water-powered mills up in the hills to sell their wares, putting them on barges and floating them down to London. And then, of course, the railway came, and the trade got faster and more efficient - The heart of my own town was a massive railyard, where wool cloth was loaded to be shuttled across the Pennines and put on transatlantic liners... With all of that around me, it's no surprise that what started off as a casual interest in making clothes for myself turned into a fascination with the whole process, from raising the sheep through to how tailors work, and the history of the whole industry. And, hopefully, this will be where I can share that fascination, along with more concretely useful things like instructions on how to cut a coat to fit your requirements exactly, or how to make lace that's suitable for a hundred different purposes.

Backers will get regular updates, ranging from tutorials and patterns for sewing projects, to walkthroughs of projects and processes (things like "how to pick the right cloth for your project" or "how to preserve and interpret antique lace patterns, or how to derive a pattern from a sample"), and photo essays and pieces on the history of fashion, or the clothing industry, or how different sheep were bred for different grades of wool, or basically whatever I feel like writing about that day. Backers at higher levels will also get a link to a Discord server where they can just ask for help with their sewing or bobbin lace, day or night, and I'll help as far as I'm able to as soon as possible.
$74 of $150 per month
When I reach $150 a month, I'm going to buy a digital radio and/or CD player.

Not to add music to my tutorials, but to put on my table so that I'm more able to get into a good workflow and thus produce more tutorials, faster.
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