The Hello all I hope you are keeping warm in this frigid weather! I finally had some time to post a few pix of my latest projects.
So I have been working on a suit for Kyla. It was funny how we met, in the gym change room, there was a conversation happening about how difficult it is to find clothes that fit properly, Kyla piped up and asked why it was that men can get suits made but there was no one around who is able to provide this service for women! Well that was my cue to explain that there is indeed a person able to do this job; ME! Before you know it we were exchanging contact info and the next thing you know I'm taking measurements on Kyla! This was back in the summer, got the pattern and mock up done, we had a fitting then she left for a vacation in Italy so we could not get together until the fall to purchase the fabric when our schedules finally coincided. That is the most time consuming part is the scheduling of the fittings, everyone is pulled in so many directions these days... Anyway the fabric was purchased now I had to get to work LOL! And work I did as you can see in the few pix I did take there was much hand work on the blazer, students please note the tailor tacking around ALL the pattern pieces, just saying, plus all the pad-stitching and much, much more. The whole thing fit like a glove! Kyla was very happy as was I, she said she has never been able to buy a blazer that actually closed at the front, I'm not surprised to be able to close the top buttons I had to add AN ADDITIONAL 2 CM to the front overlap on each side! Now the waist and hips were too big so thank God for princess seams I could remove the excess underneath the bust to make the waist and hips fit properly. Imagine trying to find a jacket that fit well... Now we are going to work on a dress and skirt to go with the suit, the skirt was already planned but the dress is a bonus due to frugal cutting :) Click here to see the pix
The other thing I worked on was for myself, a faux fur cape and hat! I kind of explain the procedure through the pictures so you can follow it if you like. The fun fur is so authentic looking it's amazing, the seams actually look like seams in a real fur coat, the shine, the depth of colour is great! Best of all it's totally man made, no animal had to die to provide pelts for a garment. This makes me feel good. Plus it's very warm even though it's faux fur, today I wore the hat at -27C and it provided a lot of warmth plus fur always looks so chic at least this is the most common comment I get.... Click here to see the pix
Have a great day and stay warm! Til next time...
Welcome back Amanda! Great job with the patterns! Amanda is doing a lot of the work independently booking lessons periodically to have questions answered and guidance in areas that are a bit foggy. We connect on Skype, she sends me pictures of her patterns so I can analyze them and give feedback as part of the lesson. This is working out very well for both and saves Amanda a lot of money.
The work is completed on time and is very neat and clear it's obvious she really loves what she does and is good at it.
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These are to be drafted using some with personal measurements and some other measurements to see how different issues are addressed. This is especially good practice to prepare for working within the bespoke tailoring world. Plus it's very good for working with alterations, knowing how to draft patterns makes one a very good alterationist because you know where to touch the garment to fix the issues. We discussed some of these techniques as well.
Have a great day and keep up the good work Amanda!
Welcome back Bradford students! What a fantastic group of ladies! We started around 9ish yesterday the roads and traffic were horrendous so some of the class was late but no worries by the time they left they had a top to wear home! Yes indeed they started drafting the pattern in class, cut out the fabric and sewed the whole thing by 3:15 they were ready for new instruction, unbelievable! The tops turned out beautifully, they fit the students well, some needed to take in the sides, I always like to err on the side of caution and prefer to have it a bit larger and take it in rather than it being too small and have no recourse to enlarge it...
One of the students even decided to really get creative with the neckline finishing and got a top that she likes to try and replicate the collar, well by the end of the class she succeeded, another one absolutely loved here sleeve and how they fit, one decided she wanted to shorten the top once she tried in on and then proceeded to sew on the binding on the right side rather than the wrong side! What to do? Design feature is what, I brought in my coverstitch machine so she stitched it with the chain on the outside instead of the straight stitch, she liked it so much she sewed the hem and sleeve hem in the same manner making a very unique top! Two others decided to challenge themselves with a cowl neck and sure enough the finished product turned out very well much to the surprise of the students!
Anyway homework is to sew other knit tops for other people using different measurements for extra practice. Once the pattern is done the shirts really don't take long to sew, about one hour is all it takes from the time it's cut to the time it's finished. I also assigned homework before the Christmas break and that still stands due in March when classes will resume.
Have a great winter!
Happy New Year to everyone near and far, may the new year bring only good things your way. Everyone works so hard they deserve only the best of luck, happiness, good health and prosperity.
For the new year I'm going to start a new adventure with Youtube, I will have paid memberships for video classes done at a slow pace so even novices are able to follow along and understand the work. I am very excited to be able to reach so many people from all walks of life! This does not mean I will no longer have live classes it only means it will be easier for distance students to learn this wonderful art of pattern drafting, tailoring etc.
As soon as I make myself look presentable I will start with some videos on how to take measurements properly on both yourself and another person, how to record the measurements using the measurement chart, how to use the measuring tape efficiently etc.
I look forward to my live classes with the Bradford group, Skype classes with distance students, there is no place I would rather be than in front of a classroom! Have a great day and an even better year!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"