Thursday, October 23, 2014

Master Tailoring Tips---New Weekly Video Series!

You guys have spoken and requested and I'm delivering. I've got lots of exciting new things in the works but one that especially excited about is my new video series----The Master Tailor's Tip. It will be a weekly video that will showcase some of my techniques and tips. It will cover a full gamut of topics from doing alterations to construction techniques and info. Well to jumpstart the series here's video #1 of a 3-part series on "Narrowing a jacket shoulder". Believe it or not this is the most involved alteration on a jacket and most intimidating for sewers. Allow me to simplify the process for you. Again, there will be 2 more videos that will complete the process so be on the lookout for them. Lastly, sorry for the phone rings. I was shooting during business hours. Aside from that let me know what you think. Do you think my weekly video postings of my Master Tailoring Techniques will be helpful to you? What topics would you like for me to create a video on?



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Current Project and My New Sewing Academy Studio

Thanks for being so patient with me. I just completed my big move! That was alot of work. Did you know in my 53+ years of being a Master Tailor I have moved my shop 14 times!!!! I'm hoping this will be my last move! (smile). I'm loving my new place. My studio/academy is situated in the 34X37 Fabrics Store building where I have my space at the rear of the store. As mentioned before it's 2000+ sq ft of space which I have masterfully created a layout to accommodate old and new students. Enough of me talking about it, here are some pictures. I'm not completely done just yet. Still have some decorating and organizing to do but it's nice to be up and running in such a quick turnaround of time.
Here's some shots of the space....I have stations for everything---industrial machines, conventional, steam iron, industrial serger, blind hemmer, etc.




Now with students, it feel more like home that way (smile)



And to top it all off I've got my new sign in the window for all to see. I'm excited to be focusing on teaching and training up other tailoring/sewing professionals!!!!



Oh and by the way. I posted pics on my FB page mentioning I was at work on a new project. Well here it is. It's Butterick 6104. It's a jacket pattern but I'm converting it into a coat. I'm using a wonderful orange woven fabric which is pictured below. There's a special reason I'm making this coat and I'll be revealing it soon. Stay tuned!!!






Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Anytime, Anytime, Anytime....and a BIG Move!!!

Greeting all!!!! So sorry I've been missing in action for a while. Actually I've been having a little fun over at my Facebook Page---Gentleman Jim, for those of you who don't know and my Instagram page @ GentlemanJim_ (yes the underscore is part of my handle). But I never like to leave my blog unattended. I've got lots of things going on right now. Two things to be exact!!! For this quarter instead of doing scheduled workshops I'm opening up my studio space to your personal needs.
 I'm offering private lessons from Oct 20-Dec 20th!!! You pick your dates and topics you want to cover!!!
That's right you can schedule lessons with me anytime from Oct 20-Dec 20th (excluding Black out dates Oct 27-Nov 3rd & Nov 24-30th). That's right! Anytime, Anytime, Anytime!!! You can come for 1 days, 3 days, 1 week, 2 weeks---you decide!
I'm doing this based on demand. Many of you have requested having a little more flexibility so I'm giving it to you. I'm even extending it at the group rate which is usually $565 for 3 days.  We'll resume with scheduled workshops & private lessons next year. But for now, you let me know when you want to come, how long and what you want to study. Remember Anytime, Anytime, Anytime!!! Just shoot me an email if you want to discuss the possibility of scheduling private lessons with me.

Also, I have some other really great changes going on. I'm MOVING!!!! Actually by the time you read this I would've almost completed that task. I'm moving out of my wonderful 1600sq ft space to an even better 2000+ sq ft space. More details on that to come. But here are a few pics of the place as it's coming together...
 (Excited to have more space and in a commercial building!!!)

(ready to move the industrial sewing machines, cutting tables, iron boards etc!!!)


That's all for now. Stay tuned to my blog and Facebook page. I've bot a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT coming soon and I can't wait to share it with you all. Take Care!!!
~Gentleman Jim

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Video Tutorial: Double Piped Besom Pocket

Thanks so much for all of your well wishes. I had a wonderful 70th Birthday. I'm looking forward to some exciting things for the future. I promised to keep you abreast of my progress with my client's Tailored Maxi Suit and pass on some helpful tailoring information I completed it this weekend and am handing it off to my client. I wanted to show how I do my double besom pockets. Most folks know this style of pocket as the "welt pocket" but in the world of tailoring it's the besom pocket. It takes me less than 5 minutes to make these. My methods couldn't be more easy or fool proof.  If you've ever been intimidated by these pockets in the past well shake that off and prepare to start making them again! You can do it. Enjoy the video. I have another pocket tutorial video coming up next.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Guess What I'm working On??? / Helpful Tips on Working with White Fabrics to Come!

I'm currently working on a male client's Maxi Suit made of quality white linen. This suit has a long coat and matching pants. I'm almost done. The pants went together really quickly and I've framed the jacket (added all the interfacing) and just have to pick up some lining so I can finish. Alot of sewers are nervous about constructing and sewing white garments. There's really nothing to it. I'll share with you some of my tips in the next post or so. In the meantime let me leave you with some pictures of my work so far. Also, I'm jetting out of town this weekend to celebrate my 70th Birthday!!!! Whoever said time flies by when you're having fun sure wasn't lying. I've enjoyed working in this industry for 53+ years of my life. Well I'm gonna celebrate this weekend and get back to finishing this coat. I just can't wait to share with you some of my tips and pointers.

(Here's the linen jacket pieces laid on the table and "framed" with interfacing. See how long the jacket is!!! I just need some white lining and I can start assembling. The white pleated front pants which I'm holding are done!

(Linen pants)

(Closer view. Linen is a WONDERFUL fabric to sew and wear. It's good qualities outweigh the fact that it can at time be very wrinkly!)

(Inner view!!!! Wonderfully tailored on the inside. Complete with waist skirt, zipper, lining, hook and eye and all of the other components of a well-tailored garment. My student said it looked like a piece of art!)

Ok, I'm off to visit family in Atlanta to celebrate my 70th birthday. More on this project and helpful tips upon my return!!!! Take Care! ~Gentleman Jim

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summer 2014 Wrap-Up Video

Hello All!!! I've been spending so much time on my FaceBook page I see I inadvertently neglected my blog. I promise posts will be more frequent. I just wrapped up my Summer Workshop schedule! The workshops were such a success and I enjoyed teaching every single one and enjoyed meeting many of you! Many of you have requested my Fall Workshop schedule which I hope to make available in the next couple of weeks.  My heart is just so full from all the excitement around here this Summer and for what's to come. I thought I'd just sum it all up in this video. Please watch this and stay tuned. I plan to have more blog posts, free instructional videos, workshops etc!
Also, please stop in to visit my FB page for to keep in touch! Take Care ~Gentleman Jim


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How My Student Found a Love for Sewing Women's Coats-Photos + Videos

With my 3 Day Tailored Coats (Outerwear) Workshop just 2 days away I thought it would be fitting to introduce you to one of my sewing students, Feben who wanted to share her story of what has led her to an obsession of coat sewing. Feben and her family recently move to NC and I miss her dearly. She's one of those rare talents who has an exceptional eye for color and form and know how to marry the two into a unique garment. Well allow me to share a video of her telling you about her experience of sewing and being at my studio. Enjoy!!!

 (Here's Feben modeling her custom created coat)







(Here's another one of her works of art!!!)