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!!!)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Facebook "PAGE"---Please Like my Page!!!

A wonderful follower suggested that I create a FaceBook "Page" that would make it easier for us to connect. So I will be shifting to using this page instead of my personal FB account. So sorry for the inconvenience. I know I just requested you to friend me a few days ago. Ignore that and head to my new page at this link HERE

Here's a screenshot of my new FB page. Again you can find it HERE

So if you wouldn't mind liking my new page here I would greatly appreciate it! And if you wouldn't mind passing on the information to others that would be great. I have some exciting information to share soon so you don't want to miss it!!! I'll also post giveaways, video's etc here!!! There's lots of exciting plans on the horizon!  I'm so glad we can be connected!!!

~Gentleman Jim

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 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.)