Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Follow Me....Let's Be Social!

I realized my social media icons on the right of my blogs malfunctioned. While I'm fixing that I wanted to pass on my social media contact links for those who want to stay connected with me!


Facebook Link HERE

Twitter Link HERE

YouTube Link HERE

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pants Fitting and Construction Workshop a Success!!!

Hello all! I'm trying to play catch up with my blog posts. So allow me to pick up with my June 19-21 Pants Fitting and Construction workshop. Outside of my Pants construction DVD it was my first workshop and definitely a hit. I had 2 students which allowed me to give one on one attention and really pour out my knowledge to them.We covered nearly EVERYTHING in this 3 day workshop. Day 1 began with working us working on getting my student's measurements and teaching them how to conform any pattern to their shape. This is EXACTLY where I find most people struggle. I showed them my tips on making the necessary alterations to pants based on their fit analysis. Let's just say there were alot of "AHA moments"! Once the ladies had their pattern sized they cut it out and made a muslin to try on. The results were great and very minimal tweaking was needed which was very good. So they were ready to move on to constructing an actual pants for themselves.  On day's 2 and 3 I walked them through the in's and out's of constructing pants properly. If you've seen my Tailored Pants DVD then you know my method's are a bit different then what's referenced in most home sewers books. My methods are quicker and yield highly professional results. I showed the ladies how to draft and make their own pockets and facings, fly and waistband. The folks who know me know I make all of my pants pieces. Out of convenience I may use a commercial pattern but I'll throw out all of the pieces and make my own. In the end I had 2 students who walked out of that workshop no longer intimidated in any way about making pants to fit their body. That's the kind of confidence and knowledge that I like to help instill. If you're interested in attending my next Pants workshop in August or any of my others (mentioned in the last post) feel free to email me at GentlemanJimMT@gmail.com. As always it's a pleasure sharing with you all. Please check out the pics from the workshop below......

 (Opening lecture and information session)

 (My students Tracey and Victoria)

 (Discussing how pants manufacturing is done and how the techniques used in the garment industry are some of the best!)

Tracing a pants pattern and helping student make adjustments)

(another demo---prepping for the waistband)

 (working on installing a zipper)

 (Zipper installed! Perfectly sewn crotch---pre-ironed)

 (Tracey's pants was made out of linen. Here she is interfacing her fly and other pieces)


 (using the industrial serger)

(Kidding around with each other!)

(The end result! Here's Tracey in her custom made linen pants!!! The fit is absolutely perfect and she was more than pleased.Victoria made hers too but will be posting about her pants experience on her own blog Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing.)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Remaining Summer Workshops.....Spaces limited, enroll today!

Well hello! I've received nonstop calls about my workshop schedules so I thought it a good idea to post it again. The June workshops --- The Tailored Jacket and Pants Fitting/Construction were great! You've seen photos of  from the Tailored Jacket workshop and I still need to post the Pants workshop details---which I'll do this week. I also will have my Master Skill Sharpening workshop in 2 days. I'm excited and so am my students. I'll give you details about that afterwards. It's not too late to register for the remaining workshops. Just drop me an email at gentlemanjimmt@gmail.com for enrollment info. You'll find the workshop descriptions here.....http://finetailoringbyjim.blogspot.com/2014/04/final-dates-for-summer-sewing-workshops.html


Master Skill Sharpening ----------July 10-12 (Thur-Sat) 
 Tailored Jackets-------------July 24-26 (Thur-Sat) 
 Tailored Coats (outerwear)--August 7-9 (Thur-Sat) 
Pants Fitting/Construction ------------------August 21-23 (Thur-Sat)
         ( Back by Popular demand !!!)                                                                    

Also I want to put in a special plug for my Tailored coat workshop!!! It will be the first time I formally teach my trademark coat construction secrets. Can you imagine being able to make your whole family coats that not only look stylish,  professional but are perfectly functional. This course will more than be able to pay for itself!!! Here's a pic of me with one of the coats I made for my daughter on last year. Coats are my specialty!


           Hope you're having a wonderful Summer and hope to see you at one of my workshops:)                                     

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tailor's Tip #17---Use a Utility Knife to Pick Stitches!!!

Here's another one of my Tailor's tips for you. Of course I'm always trying to bring you information that will help you sew and work better and faster. Hope you enjoy!!!

-Gentleman Jim


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Friendly Visit.......

I had the pleasure of meeting with a wonderful woman name Vanessa when she stopped in while visiting Savannah. You can read more about her visit at her blog post here......http://bookitblogit.blogspot.com/2014/06/savannahs-treasured-secret.html
I LOVE having visitors. If you're ever in the neighborhood and want to stop in just let me know. I'd love to see you!!!!  ~Gentleman Jim

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tailored Jacket Workshop Day 3---Pics and Video Testimonials

And now for the final installment of my Tailored Jacket workshop. Day 3, back on June 7th was all about putting the finishing touches on the jacket and learning some new techniques. Sharon also did her muslin fitting. In the end the Ladies ended up with beautiful jackets they could take home with them!

We started the day with a little chit chat. I love to give my students background inforation on how the garment industry works. Here I'm showing them a professional electric fabric cutter I own.

Then we began the day working on the ladies jacket's.



Here's Sharon sewing together her jacket muslin......

....and trying it on. We determined her fit issues, marked the muslin and now she can use this as a reference anytime she needs to make a jacket!

I also taught a good deal of bonus material. I showed the ladies how to make a handmade buttonhole.

Here's Bev going at it by herself......

and here's the finished product! She just has to remove the basting stitch. Looks great!!!! 

And here are the Ladies with their finished jackets. Here's Bev's.....

.....and Sharon's. Victoria will post pictures of her jacket on her own blog!

The insides are FLAWLESS!


I also showed the Ladies how to make the tailored besom pockets aka welt pockets

I have a really quick and easy method that ensures professional results in very little time!


Also, here some testimonials from the students themselves....here's Sharon's take on the workshop.


Bev shares her experiences too!!!

All in all we had a WONDERFUL 3 days!!!! I LOVE working with my students and how much they benefited from my learning my methods, tool and techniques. I'm looking forward to the next Tailored Jacket Workshop which will be held on July 24-26. Registration is OPEN. Please visit this link http://finetailoringbyjim.blogspot.com/2014/04/final-dates-for-summer-sewing-workshops.html for more details!!! Also, this weekend I just completed my Pants Fitting/Construction Workshop and will be pointing the detail this week! Have a wonderful week!
Sincerely,
Gentleman Jim

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tailored Jacket Workshop- Day 2

I'm just picking back up where I left off in my last post. Day 1 of my Tailored Jacket Workshop entailed all of the prep work for the jacket. On day 2 we went full on into construction. With everything prepped and ready to go the construction part went pretty smoothly. I had the students connect the lining to the jacket. The lining and jacket went together perfectly since we created our own pattern. No fiddling with a commercial lining pattern hoping it will work ok. Afterwards they attached their collar. I have several tricks with collars. I taught them how to convert a collar into 2 pieces and create a stand along with a few others. The most interesting things I relayed was how to prevent "roll-out" in the jacket and how to connect the sleeves to the jacket so the sleeves wouldn't shift later. Again I was all too delighted to share my tips with my students. I love to make other's sewing easier! Here are some shots of us in the workroom.....






Sharon and Mr. Jim analyzing her jacket


Sharon showing off the inside's of her jacket after attaching the lining.


Looks so professional!!!

Bev hard at work preparing to attach the sleeves

Next post....day 3, the final workshop day.