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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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 #10 – More Sewing

Today I assembled the remainder of the outer shell of the coat, and a few other bits and pieces: As usual, I sewed all I could at the machine, then pressed, then repeated… I sewed the pocket bags to the side fronts, then sewed the side front seams: I sewed the side back seams – […]

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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #8 – Let’s Start Sewing!

There is a quote that still rings in my ears twenty years after I first heard it, and I think that is because it totally changed my approach to sewing – from a home sewer to a more professional one.  It was from a tutor at tech, and it went something like: “A machinist sits […]

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RTW Tailoring Sewalong #7 – Fusing Bits and Pieces

Before we start the actual sewing of our jackets, I should mention a few Bits and Pieces. I probably should have shown this the other day when I was cutting the fusing, because here is what you can do with the long scraps that remain:  Fold it up along the crossgrain: and cut your own […]

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