Monday, October 28, 2013

Last Call for DVD Purchases/ Vests

Can't believe October is almost over! Only 3 days left which means there's only 3 days left for my 50% Off Basic Alteration DVD sale & 25% off my upcoming Pants DVD. Can't guarantee I'll ever run a sale quite like this one again. To take advantage of it visit the Paypal button on the upper left side of my blog. If you're outside of the U.S. please drop me an email and I'll send you an invoice with the respective shipping rate. I want everyone to enjoy this spectacular savings I'm all too delighted to give you!

I've been a bit busy on my end. I'm working on my client sports coat, teaching students and doing alterations. On last week I made these 2 vests. Vests are my specialty. I love trying new styles and using different fabrics. Some of my clients have their own signature vests that I make for them on a regular basis.

As mentioned I'm working on a good bit of items and will have a good deal to show you soon. Can't wait.....

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The "Scandal" Inspired Coat......

I have no shame in admitting that I'm Scandal fan. Every Thursday my daughter (who's a college student at FAMU) calls me and we watch and chat about the episode. It's one of our favorite things to do together. Well this season Olivia has been wearing some really nice coats and you know my daughter's putting in her requests with me. Well as you know I made her a Cashmere coat (see the last post) but I'm also thinking about making her another one. When I saw this pattern I immediately liked it.


 It has that Olivia Pope feel to it and even more importantly it's my daughter's style. What do you think? If I make it I will probably use a similar fabric to the one on the envelope. I'll keep you posted.......

Also, the 50% off Alteration DVD Sale ends in one week (Oct 31st)!!! If you act now you can get an added BONUS---25% off the upcoming Pants DVD (November release).  Trust me you don't want to miss this sale. So many people have bought and are enjoying the new found knowledge of being able to do their own alterations!!!!

Take Care, ~Gentleman Jim

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cutting Out/ Completing a Cashmere Coat- Video and Pics

Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to share with you a jacket I just cut out and sewed for my daughter. I originally wanted  to use this black cashmere fabric for a sports coat for myself but my daughter won out! I finished it the very next day! Here's a video of me cutting out the jacket pieces. I have a very specific method of cutting out any garment and I wanted to share that with you. Here it is....Also, check out the final coat pics below. The jacket turned out really nice and I know my daughter's going to love it!

Here's the Final Product..... Turned out really nice!

I sent a pic to my daughter and she then decided she wanted a belt. So I've now got to finish the belt, add belt loops and remove a few buttons. Anything for my baby girl:)
Have any of you started your Winter coat sewing yet???? Lastly, don't forget I'm still running my Basic Alteration DVD for 50% off and 25% off for my next upcoming pants DVD. This is an October special so get yours before the deal ends!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

How I Learned Tailoring---An Amazing Story!

Hello Everyone! Quick Announcement-For those of you who ordered my DVD please be on the lookout. Those were mailed a few days ago and are on the way to you. There's still time to get my Alteration DVD for 50% off. I'm running that special ALL month long. See more details at my last post HERE.

Many of you have asked how I got my start in sewing. Well I wanted to share my unique experience with you in my own words. I was truly blessed to get my training at the High School level at a specialty school in lower Manhattan named the High School of Fashion Industries. I was superbly trained back then and emerged ready to go straight into industry. I guess with being a Master Tailor people assume that I went on to higher levels of education but truth be told as I tell everyone else "I'm just a Brother with a High School Education" but I have to admit it's an unique one at that (smile). I was very fortunate to have such a wonderful high school experience! Here a little more about my experience in this video. Please forgive the quality. I didn't realize the camera zoom function was so loud. Also enjoy some additional year book photos below. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of my humble beginnings and why I LOVE tailoring. I've truly been "married to the industry" for 50+ years and I've loved every minute of it!!!

Here's a Sneak peek into my yearbook..... check out the yearbook photo captions to see the types of classes offered. There was shoemaking, millnery, tailoring, upholstering etc---you name it in addition to our regular core classes--we still had to learn math, science, etc (smile)! My High School was a pretty unique place!

(Bet you can't spot me. Hint: I'm on the 2nd row)

Hope you enjoyed taking a walk down memory lane with me. I sure did enjoy sharing a part of my story and hopefully you have a better idea now of my roots. I'm so thankful to have had the education I've had. It was a good solid foundation to build off of. I encourage you to do the same. Take classes, read and build off of the sewing/tailoring information you know. In doing so you'll work toward perfecting your craft. It doesn't always take alot of fancy degrees and lots of years of schooling (nothing wrong with that at all) but better than those things is the determination to make it in the industry. If you're equipped with that you can't help but go far. I'm living proof. Thanks for your listening ear:)

~Jim McFarland

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

SALE, SALE, SALE---my Alteration 2 DVD Set is 50% Off!!!

That's right you read that title right!!! Effective as of today my popular
  Alterations DVD 2 Disc set is 50% off!!! 
It's $24.95 (regularly $49.95)
Please note the $4.95 s/h fee is for U.S. residents only. All other country residents please email me your address at to get paypal invoice with respective shipping rates.

This DVD gives you the "in's and out's" on doing some of the most popular alterations on RTW. It's great instruction made easy.
 I just wanted to show my sincere appreciation for all of you guys' interest in my blog and my DVD giveaway. It only feels right to give back when you guys have showed me so much love!

And to make the sale a little more sweeter...
the First 100 people to purchase the Alteration DVD will get a coupon for 25% off the up and coming "Pants DVD" (set to be released at the end of November 2013) 
If you like the video's I'm been showing on pants HERE and HERE then the upcoming Pants DVD will be a real treat! It will cover how to make a tailored pant from start to finish. You'll learn invaluable information and likely get tips and tricks you haven't seen before!!!!

Now if you've already purchased the DVD at regular price please email me at to get a special coupon. We don't want anyone missing out on this sale!!! Also, the holidays are almost among us and this would make an excellent Christmas gift/ Stocking Stuffer! Hurry the sale ends October 31st.

Again, thanks so much! It's been a pleasure "meeting" you out here in blogland (smile)!!!
Sincerely, Gentleman Jim