So yesterday afternoon I cut out the hounds-tooth jacket! Yea finally! I have been wanting to make one of these for a very long time so now I am going to do it! What I did to stabilize the loose weave is to fuse some fusi-knit to the fabric before cutting it out. This will keep the fabric from stretching when I wear it, after cutting I TAILOR TACKED THE WHOLE THING! I will now go ahead with the tailoring, meaning attaching the canvas with pad-stitching, yes all by hand! It makes such a difference when wearing, the jacket just sits on the body and the lapels don't move.
I always have a disclaimer before we start the blazers class telling students they are taking the class at their own risk; once they wear a "properly hand tailored jacket they will never go back to off the rack again, proceed with caution!". Yup I am hooked!
Even going into stores I am such a critic.... yesterday morning I went into a ladies wear store and was looking at a style of dress, the saleslady came to ask if I needed help, not sure she will do that again! My answer was that I had some feedback regarding the dress with some asymmetrical rouching; there was a seam under the bustline at the front which should not have been there, it showed me the designer didn't know how to fit the body properly. The poor woman said perhaps it as a design feature to make it look like an Empire cut, I explained to her if that was the case there would be a seam at the back as well, but there was none, I went on to say this was a case of an incompetent pattern maker. She didn't know what to say..... I bid her good day and left shaking my head, this is a more high end store.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"