Wow! I was blown away by the response to a proposed ready-to-wear tailoring sewalong – at almost 50 confirmed participants and lots of “maybe’s”, I think we have enough of us to make it official!
Every sewalong needs a badge, right? So here’s a pretty picture to copy and paste into your blog sidebar, and if you’re clever you can link it directly to the new RTW Tailoring Sewalong page above, which will eventually have links to all the sewalong posts in one convenient place. You’ll notice I’ve made a list of all participants in the sidebar too – please let me know if I have made any mistakes here, it is highly likely as I had several interruptions while doing this!
And it’s not too late to join up – just confirm you will sewalong by commenting on this post. We start on 1 April, and I expect the sewalong to take about a month. And don’t worry if you’re not quite ready by our start date – the posts will stay where they are, so you can check back at any stage.
Just a quick reminder that we will be following fusible tailoring techniques, just like the construction methods used in women’s ready-to-wear jackets today. I won’t be covering hand-tailoring techniques in this sewalong, however you are free to follow along and adopt any techniques you choose. Fusible and hand tailored methods often overlap – designers will adopt a mixture of either technique as they see appropriate. But unless you have a few jackets under your belt I would encourage you to follow the method in the sewalong, as we are going to do some pattern amendments before we cut our cloth and I don’t want to be the cause of any expensive mistakes!
Now, to answer some questions that arose from the the last post:
Q Is there a tried and true pattern you’d recommend?
A Actually I’m totally unfamiliar with the commercial patterns available so can’t recommend any particular one! But any women’s jacket with a collar and lapel, jet/welt/flap pockets, and a one or two-piece set in sleeve, will do – see the next question too.
Q a) Would Burdastyle #109/2/11 work? b) Is Vogue 8333 a suitable pattern for your sewalong? c) Would Vogue 1037 be suitable?
A a) Yes. b) Yes, perfect! c) Vogue 1037 has raglan sleeves and a roll collar so will have a different construction method to what we will use in the sewalong.
Q Will we need an overlocker/serger, or will just a sewing machine do?
A You’ll just need a sewing machine – all seams will be totally enclosed so overlocking won’t be necessary.
Q Would a spring jacket work? In tweed?
A I think so – your fabric choice will depend on your climate.
Q Do you use fusible Hymo and know any good sources?
A Is that fusible canvas? If so, no I don’t use that. I generally use soft flexible fusibles and will cover that in my next post, as I know many of you will need to source some soon!
Q Have you started the Flickr group yet?
A Err, no, I still haven’t started the Flickr group yet…
That’s it for now – so grab your RTW tailoring sewalong badge, and watch out for an important post on fusing in the next couple of days!