RTW Tailoring Sewalong #15 – Bagging out the Hem

Just a few more easy steps and my Anzac coat will soon be finished! Normally I would leave the lining hem free in a coat, but for demonstration purposes I’ll show you how to bag it out – that is, where all edges are enclosed. Your facing at the hem should look something like this […]

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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #14 – Inserting the Lining

Guess what – there are only three more steps to complete our jackets – sew in the lining, bag out the hem, and do the buttons and buttonholes – we’re almost there! Don’t you love how quickly our garments are coming together?  I can only estimate my sewing time because I’m always stopping to take […]

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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #13 – Inside the Sleeve Head

On its own the sleeve head can look a bit limp and in need of reinforcement – that’s where a shoulder pad and some sleeve head wadding come into play! Shoulder pads prevent the front and back shoulder area collapsing near the armhole as the shoulder starts to round off.  They needn’t be large – […]

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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #11 – The Collar and Lapels

How to sew a tailored collar and lapel

Sewing the collar, lapels and front edge really starts to bring our garment together. There are only eight sewing steps to complete this stage – and one of them was completed in RTW Tailoring Sewalong #10! But, first: Full marks to the first person who notices my error in that last post: I sewed the wrong […]

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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #9 – Tutorial: Jet Pockets with Flap

  I must be a bit of a nerd because I love making jet pockets – so much so that I voluntarily made one this morning for a sewalong tutorial.  Would you believe me if I said that a double jet pocket with a flap has only 10 sewing steps?  It’s true!  The one I’ve […]

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