Pro Tip: Measure Twice, Cut Once, Redo None-ce

My current project is a Captain America Belt based on the original The Avengers movie.  This belt has eight pouches (though I am only making six of them).  To save time and hopefully make them all consistent, I decided to mass produce them, doing each step six times before moving to the next one.

Sounds great, right?  Not if you’re me!

Incorrect Side Pieces

The observant reader will notice that the left (correct) piece is larger than the piece on the right.  Somehow for the sides of the belt pouches I mixed up the size, cutting the original pattern piece instead of my modded, larger one.  Not only did I cut out TWELVE of these fuckers (a pouch has two sides, after all), I also sewed them down onto 12 pieces of the fabric.  It was only when things didn’t line up as I was trying to fit everything together that I noticed.  AAUGH!!


There are a number of ways this could have been avoided.  In order for some good to come out of this, here are my tips for preventing this in the future.

  • Clearly mark pattern pieces and/or destroy unneeded ones
  • Double check the fit after the first piece was sewn, rather than the 12th
  • Notice that the seam allowance on the top and bottom were larger than the sides (I did notice this), and then DON’T excuse it as something that I must have done on purpose (it was not on purpose)
  • Keep better notes on an in progress project, so when you pick it up again a few weeks later you know things like dimensions, whether a pattern piece was modified, and what step you stopped on.

There you go, a lesson in Common Sense 101!


If I had kept up with blogging when I created my first one, I’d have been “a blogger” for over 15 years now.  Instead, the last decade and a half has been full of fits and starts, internal drama over branding before I even understood branding as a term (Do I use my real name?  Do I use my online name?  Do I keep one theme?  Do I write about everything in one place?  Should I use WordPress or Joomla?), and general laziness.  Case in point, I purchased this domain in May of 2013.  This post you are reading was first created as a test post in Feb 2014, and in October of 2014 I finally wrote the words you are reading now.  Expect my first content post sometime in early 2015!


I strongly believe that an idea is worth nothing.  The value is in the execution.  It’s time for me to start practicing what I preach, and thus this domain will be home for a while.  Its purpose is to document all of my crafting endeavors.. the late night, last minute inspirations along with the more thoughtful and detailed builds.


The idea of “eleventh hour” has a couple different meanings.  First, I find that much of my creativity comes at the last minute.  It forces me to get over my analysis paralysis and just start cutting, already.  Second, I’m in my early 30s and sometimes feel like it’s too “late” for me to claim my little corner of the interwebs.  This is of course a ridiculous notion, and what the self-help gurus would call a limiting belief.  And so I am forging ahead, focusing on action and not giving a damn if anyone actually notices.


This one is for me.  And for you… but… mostly me.