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.  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?  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 #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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