Day 21 – Welcome A6 ! (A6, B2, C2)

Finally time for a new garment! Made under a slightly pressed timetable, it’s a black version of the white A5 t-shirt with some minor alternations. I like this design – it’s super comfortable!

The style is slightly oversized with cropped but neatly hemmed sleeves. The neckline rib is wide and cut a bit away from the neck. The hemming is wide.

I opted for the quickest solution, that still gives me four more days with different combinations. So soon I need to make a new garment!

This is how the combination looked today! And now this new t-shirt will also be worn for an additional 99 days – a total of 100 – during the 979 days I have left of the project.

The denim jacket is actually just newly washed, by hand. Let’s see how that was done tomorrow! See you there! And have a wonderful day!

– Sten Martin / DTTA

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Day 10 – Fresh ‘n’ fade. (A5, B2, C1)

Some things are fresh ‘n’ white, others fade slowly. The keeping of some things tidy, and the letting-go of other items while enjoying its roughness, has always been fascinating to me. Why do we treasure that some things look older, when we at the same time want other things to look brand new?

These jeans for instance, is already starting to get wrinkles where I bend and turn! And I only used them for six days. Knees is also quit wisible in its shape. I like that! Becase it’s my wearing that’s starting to show. Not an artificial ready-made added thingy – but instead my own history together with the garment. It’s starting to shape itself after my body.

This t-shirt on the other hand is clean-cut and all new. Not even with logos or branding (since I did it myself). I like the neat freshness! But, a little life in it would also be ok. I’m actually looking forward to its first wash, after which most garments gets softer and more breathable – and even more comfortable!

So let’s study the garnets’ changing nature alongside the project’s ongoing wash ‘n’ wear! After all, I’m going to wear each garment 100 times so some change is expected, right? Maybe even in me!

– Sten Martin / DTTA

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Day 9 – Mix it up ! (A5, B2, C2)

New items in! Adding the Ice-Wash Denim Jacket and the Basic White T-shirt to the Thousand Days Of Hope And Glory project. I call them C2 and A5.

Both just made, this t-shirt has a relaxed fit, short sleeves an a rather old-school neckline. A kind-of anachronistic look, mixing 1980’s a bit naive clean-cut fresh look (neckline, fresh white, properly made and oversized) with a mid 2010’s deconstructed relaxed feel (narrow shoulders, small sleeves, drape over torso).

The denim jacket is also a mix of decades, honoring the 1980’s distressed denim look, but still made clean-cut, well and properly, and not at all oversized, to echo a more current vibe. (Hand-made buttonholes will be added later when I have a bit of sparetime. As long as it can be worn, right?)

And this is how it ended up! I hope you like it! Now I got even more combination possibilities!

– Sten Martin / DTTA

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Day 4 – Why change? (A4, B1, C1)

Sometimes you just want to wear something totally relaxed. Something that looks and feel like that old washed-out t-shirts from back in the days. Right? But maybe just a tad neater, for work or evening meetings? Ta-da! Enter A4! The latest addition to the Thousand Days Of Hope And Glory project! The relaxed t-shirt!

Making relaxed clothes, as a tailor, many feel is a contradiction in terms. Tailoring should be stiff, expensive and overwhelming! But who says that’s true? Not me! And I’m a tailor!

I want some of my clothes to be stiff and controlled, and some to be comfy and relaxed. I want different, just like my mood changes! But I never ever want uncomfortable clothes. And, regarding those relaxed clothes mentioned before, I of course want them to be relaxed in a way I want them to be, with the look and feel I prefere.

So why not just use the washed out clothes then? Why change? As they say, if there’s a concept that’s working, why not stick with it? Well… maybe because the garment was actually falling apart? Maybe the garment didn’t fit in in your work environment? Or – crayzy thought – maybe there actually was some issues with the garment after all, that just irritated you to pieces, allthough it’s comfyness? Or, maybe you needed one more? Or two?

Most of the tailoring I make, can sometimes feel a bit stiff and strange in the start, and that’s natural for something new. True. But… it actually has a built in change with wear! The thing is, that the more you wear it, the better it will fit!

So this time around, with the new garment on, you’ll again think – Why change? Why not wear this all the time? Hm… maybe becase you started a new project, where you’re supposed to come up with new things and combinations all the time? Who knows.

– Sten Martin / DTTA

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Day 3 – Going deep. (A3, B1, C1)

Today the V-neck version of a black t-shirt was added to our Thousand Days Of Hope And Glory project. It’s item no. 5 and it’s named A3. But the choise of neckline’s style isn’t the only thing to be considered when opting for a personalized fit. Let’s dig deep into some of the things to look at and choose between!

The first obvious things are of course the body’s width and length. And then the neckline-style, and sleeve length. But there’s more to this! Try to see the shape of it’s torso as a 3D silhouette! Then you can decide so much more!

If you look at the sides, you can see a slightly shaping. That’s because I want it tighter over the chest, and looser at waist and hips. But that’s of course up to you. And if you look at the arm-holes, you will notice that they’re very high indeed – that gives a lot of movement, without pulling up the t-shirt every time you raise your arms.

If we continue to neck and shoulders you can detect that the back part is cut much higher than the front part. This is done to prevent a back-sloping neckline with a gaping area at center back (which I just can’t stand to wear) – a very common thing nowadays! Therefore I always (often) shift the shoulder seam and neckline forward in my construction before I cut the fabric.

Here’s a back view wich perfectly shows the “athletic fit” cut, which just means a narrow fit and therefore lot’s of movement. You can also detect how narrow the sleeves are placed on the shoulder seam.

And here seen, a bit more from above.

I also like wide hemming. It gives a softer feel, and a nicer drape. Plus a more stable elasticity there. The width of the sleeve also feels important, to give just the right look and feel over the biceps muscle. Do you want it tight, or loose, or maybe somewhere in between? It’s all up to you.

So here it is! The third combination with a new t-shirt, A3, plus the same denim jeans and jacket as before – B1 and C1 – which now have been worn in three continuous days. The stiff material already now feels so much softer. The big question now, is what t-shirt to wear (and make) tomorrow? Let’s see!

– Sten Martin / DTTA

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