This week was one of preparation. As my projects increase in complexity, the time required for preparation seems to also increase.
As I undertake my final project, which is making an EDC2 from Savage Industries, I’m realizing that a big part of sewing is not really sewing. Gathering the required materials and preparing them takes longer than sewing the project itself. This week’s tasks were categorized in three parts: gathering the materials, preparing the pattern and mental preparation.
Gathering the materials proved to be more difficult than I initially thought. In my mind, a quick trip to the fabric store was all that was needed; however, this was not the case. As I proceeded through the list of things to find and acquire, it became apparent that choices had to be made. As I decided to source the materials locally, I had to modify the supply list to products that were immediately available. Steel hooks were one the list from the pattern maker, I decided to go with plastic clips as an alternative as they are more economical and were immediately available. The zipper I needed wasn’t available, therefore I decided to wait until I’m further in the project as it’s not an essential until much later in the construction process. The materials that were recommended was used sailcloth, given we live in the middle of the continent, let’s just say it was impossible to find. Therefore, I decided to substitute sailcloth for canvas. For the bottom part of the bag, I decided to repurpose and old pair of denim jeans. These are but a few of the numerous adaptations and decisions I had to undertake over the past week. Here goes to hope that these decisions won’t impact me too negatively later on into the process of making my bag.
The preparation of the pattern was smooth sailing considering the ordeal I went through last week. (This goes to show how with I’m reapplying the concepts I’ve learned from the past.) I printed the pattern on 11’ x 17’ paper using Adobe Reader and with the straight edge, the cutting wheel and a bit of tape, assembled the pieces to make a full-size pattern.
*(Side note: Early on in the process, I was made aware quite clearly by my wife that certain cutting appliances were exclusively for fabric and others were exclusively for paper. It turns out, paper, which is made of cellulose, is extremely hard on cutting edges thus dulling blades quite quickly. I was reminded of this lesson by the following tweet from @courosa)
I prepared a time-lapse video showing the process of cutting the pieces of the pattern that I had previously assembled.
The final part of the project was mental preparation. As building this bag is much more complex than my previous project, I needed to familiarize myself with the process of assembly from people who have already accomplished this project. I therefore turned to Youtube and found a selection of excellent videos of people who undertook this project. The initial video I watched was the original video of Adam Savage assembling the bag himself. It’s a fantastic step by step process that goes in depth on how to assemble the bag. There are certain parts that were hard to follow but overall, it was an excellent starting point.
My take on Adam Savage’s EDC2 bag// sewing by Make With Miles was a fantastic video where many different substitutions were made from the original plan. It gives a nice step by step process. The author’s father owns a sewing based business, consequently, he used many types of machines that I don’t have, and he used a few procedures that I could not use in my situation as a beginner.
Adam Savage’s EDC 2 Bag in the style of The Martian by Malt and Make is another video I appreciated as it clarified many of the difficult to understand parts of the process. I also appreciated his approach in explaining the intricacies of assembling the bag.
Finally, the last video I watched was Making my own version of Adam Savage’s EDC.ONE by Crafts by Ellen. Another step by step video using other techniques that are different from the other two videos. It’s apparent that the author is very experienced in sewing and the quality of her explanations and work is self-evident.
With all these videos, I feel like I’m on the path to success as I have all the support I will need to achieve the result I’m wanting to achieve. Many unknows will undoubtedly appear in the next week, but as I’m a journey based on open education, I’m sure I’ll be able to find the answers I need somewhere online. I’ll end this post by showing the message inscribed in the pattern of my project written by Adam Savage. I found it so appropriate when considering OEP from this week.
With a message like this from Adam Savage (of Mythbusters Fame), how can one not become a bit exited to get back to work!