It all started 4 years ago when DW mentioned that her sewing machine was old and didn't work right. Me, being the cool guy I am, Bought her a new one. It sat unused for 4 years. I needed a period 1890 costume a few months ago. To buy one costs nearly $200.00. SO...I figured I could sew my own, It can't be THAT difficult......right? First I made a vest. not so great but I learned A LOT... Then I made the pants. MUCH better. looks almost like store bought! Finally I made the shirt....Made a few mistakes. had to re make the collar, and the shoulder seam sort of came undone in the wash and is fuzzy. But I claim that in 1890 work shirts had a few frayed ends etc... Last week I made a hawaiian type shirt. it looks really good no one could tell it was hand made!! Monday I started on a Civil war uniform. It's UNION uniform only because I think they look cool. I'm using heavy cotton blend instead of wool. Mainly because I don't like wool and it's bloody expencive. 4th of july weekend Mcall's patterns were on sale for $.99. I was in the store looking at the catalog and a crabby ole bat came up and asked, "Do YOU sew or are you just looking at the pictures?" DW said, "As a matter of fact YES he does...He made the shirt he's wearing right now." The ole bat gave me a thorough looking over and asked politely if I would be so kind as to let her use the book when I was finished .....LOL This week end Simplicity is on sale. I'm getting a pattern for "modern" pants and another type of shirt. Tayloring is FUN....Who'd a thunk it?