Sunday, September 6, 2009
The tailoring course
We have officially finished the course (3 days, 9-3 with delicious lunches provided) but we didn't quite finish our jackets. I just have to bag the lining, and Carol has very kindly agreed for us to go back in a fortnight and show us how to finish it off doing it all by machine. So this little baby is going to have to sit tight for another 2 weeks. I will have to break my strict, "one project at a time rule" because could I not sew for 2 weeks?
Here's the technical view from Burda so you can see where we're headed (Burda 03-2009-111). It's the same as 110, only the patch pockets and top stitching make it more informal, and I decided that would probably suit my lifestyle a bit better (and be a little cuter too). We had to shift the darts because the way it's styled the darts finish at the waist and are cut out through a side seam which is hidden by the pocket. It just wouldn't work for me though, the dart would have to be shifted so much it would be cut deep into the front panel and it would look very strange. I think these 2 angled darts work quite nicely so I'm quite happy with that alternative.
The most useful thing for me was using all the different pressing equipment - especially this, the point presser and clapper. Wow, what a difference it makes to collars being able to press right into the corners without catching all the outside fabric. The clapper makes seams incredibly flat, and gives a lovely finish especially on very bulky fabric.
I bought a whole lot of pressing equipment off Carol, the point presser as well as a sleeve press and a proper ham. I can now retire my sock ham, which was certainly a great port for a storm, but the advantages of a sawdust stuffed one are clear once you start using it.
What to make next? Hmm, in the words of my neighbour Jenni-across-the-road, time for "a palate cleanser." I've pretty much made about 6 coats or jackets back to back, so I might just do a few easy quick gratification projects. Or some mending. Either way, after the last 2 gruellers anything will seem like small fry.
Posted by Mary Nanna at 12:25 PM