The Beginning of a Teal Mohair Jacket

If you read my last post you will already have seen a glimpse of my vintage teal mohair fabric. ย I salvaged it from a 1950’s coat that had the sleeves and collar missing, but the front and back panels were just large enough to squeeze this 60’s jacket pattern from: I love to create something […]

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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? ย 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. ย They needn’t be large – […]

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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #12 – Setting in the Sleeve

Today I set in my sleeves, but first I’ll show you how to finish off the collar – I ran out of light last night so couldn’t photograph anything! Turn back the facings and you’ll see the neckline seams adjacent to each other: We’re going to stitch them together – match the raw edges of […]

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