I hope each and every one of you had a WONDERFUL Christmas! To add to the post-Christmas cheer I'm putting my Book and DVD's on sale! I've had alot of inquiries about my autobiography so I'm offering it for $10 + S/H and will personally autograph it. Also, my Ladies Tailored is 15%off and is on sale for $25.45 along with my Basic Alteration DVD which is 30% off on sale for $34.95. I hope you take advantage of these saving since they'll soon end. Enjoy the savings and I hope and pray you're truly enjoying your holidays!!!!
Ok, before I announce the winner I want to thank you all for all of your kind words concerning the Burgundy wool coat I made and posted on FB. Ok, for those who didn't see it on FB I'll post it here as well. Thanks again! I REALLY enjoy making coats love the reward of taking several yards of wool and using my quick and time saving tailoring techniques to turn out a coat such as this in 7 hours.
I will showcase how I made this coat in my upcoming BurdaStyle Master Tailoring Course that you get more info about HERE! With one week left to go there isn't much time to sign up so please do so today! I don't want you to miss out on all the great info I have to offer.
There's also a commercial for it here....
I love what I do and that's why I share and offer classes to you. I don't want to keep this knowledge to myself but pass it on to you guys, those looking to learn professional tailoring techniques that are simpler to implement and yield the best results.
Ok, now on to the WINNER.............................DRUMROLL PLEASE..................................................
The Winner is MAGDW!!!
Congrats Magdw!!! Please email me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send you your DVD set!!!!
And thanks to everyone who entered. You're still a winner in my book!!! Stay tuned, I'll continue to release free videos,tutorials and info on my blog as well as FB page. Take care and I wish you all a splendid weekend!!!
Can't believe it's Friday already! It's been a SUPER busy week. I'm all too excited to announce the winner of my 2nd set of DVD's. Not too worry, I'm giving my last set away on next Friday. So without further ado, the winner of my 2 DVD's is.......................
Lisa please send me you contact info to GentlemanJimMT@gmail.com so I can maily you your prize!!! Congrats to all the who entered and remember my last drawing is last week. If you want to enter please see the entry details HERE.
Hello Everyone! Check out my video (see below) to see the winner of the first set of DVD's from my DVD Giveway I posted about HERE. Also I highlight a little of my coat progress which is pictured below. You can see it's nicely lined and I have to do some more work to finish the inside and it will be done. It's a wrap coat with a tie belt and it turned out great. Part of my BurdaStyle Webinar not only covers me sewing on every type of garment but shows me make a coat from start to finish (course info HERE). I will be fun to showcase my techniques. Enough about that, let's reveal the winner of the DVD set which is mentioned in the video below and text.
(Here's the orange coat you saw in pieces on my Facebook page. Well it's nearly complete. I like the vibrant orange color.)
(Here's the fabric weave up close)
That's right, Olufun Milayo is the FIRST BIG WINNER!!!!Congrats Olufun. Please email me your contact info at GentlemanJimMT@Gmail.com so I can mail you your DVD's. And don't forget I'll be making 2 more drawings on Nov 14th & Nov 21st.
Tomorrow is the First BIG drawing (there's 2 more to go) and I will give 1 of 3 sets of my DVD's away to a lucky winner. Don't forget to get to sign up for the drawing. You can find the details HERE. Don't worry, all newcomers can still enter even up until the last day of the last drawing.
Also, thanks to EVERYONE who's thrilled about my BurdaStyle course and are attending it! I know there are many who desire to but can't at this moment. And I understand that. It's definitely a worthy investment and one that will be helpful to so many. It would also make a great Christmas present as well! To quote one follower "it's about time we get exposure to a REAL Tailor". To be honest with you (can I be honest with you) I had no idea there wasn't more tailors out trying to do what I'm doing. I'm passionate about empowering others exceptional sewing and tailoring skills. I'm delighted to share my wisdom and skill on a larger platform so that more sewers can benefit from it. Tailoring is a dying art and hopefully what I'm doing can counteract that.
Also I received some lovely pictures from my student Michele that I wanted to share. She attended my Summer Tailoring Coat workshop and completed this beautiful coat made of Blue Boucle and silk lining that she'd bought from Mood Fabrics. She finished it with brass buttons. I love to teach and I was all too thrilled to teach Michele the in's and out's of tailoring a coat! She did a fantastic job!
Oops, before I forget I just posted another Master Tailor's Tip.,,,,, Enjoy!!!
Ok, drawing tomorrow. See you then ~ Gentleman Jim
I'm SOOOOO EXCITED!!! And do you know what I do when I get excited? I GIVE AWAY stuff!!!! Yes I'm giving away 3 sets of my DVD's. That's right, 3 lucky winners will get a set of my Ladies Tailored Pant DVD & my 2 disc Basic Alterations DVD. These are 2 EXCELLENT resources that I'm constantly getting positive reviews/feedbacks on. Both contain industry standard methods that most sewers aren't privy to that yield exceptional results!!! For the next 3 weeks I'll announce a winner each week. See below for details on how to enter!!!
Well do you want to know why I'm so excited. Well I've teamed up with the wonderful folks at Burdastyle.com to bring a Master Tailoring Course to the masses!!! This course will be HUGE, HUGE, HUGE and will cover a full spectrum of sewn garments. I'll teach you my leading & masterful tailoring techniques that I apply to pants, shirts, skirt, jackets & coats. And on top of that you'll have the opportunity to watch me cut & sew a coat together from START TO FINISH. There's no more guessing on how the best tailoring techniques are done. You'll see it all here!!!! With detailed videos, worksheets, etc you'll have all you need to start putting these techniques to work for you in your garment making. So many of you have wanted to attend my my premier 3 day Workshops which cost $565 and that doesn't include travel, meals & lodging for those visiting from out of town. I'm excited to offer you this alternative for $139 which brings you my superb instruction but in a way that economically friendly to you!!! You can find the course HERE or copy & paste this address https://burdau.thoughtindustries.com/courses/the-master-fit-advanced-tailoring-course
Here's the FULL course outline---you're getting some great info:
Session 1 Introduction
to Master Tailoring Techniques
to tailoring and fitting.
tools and supplies used by tailors
tailors create/correct/change patterns to ensure best results
how tailors take measurements
measurements to a variety of garment types to correct fit (Pants, skirt,
Session 2 – Skirt
Master Tailoring Techniques
in a variety of zipper types with fly facings.
in tailored waistband with and without banroll.
to sew tab extension waistband on skirt
in a fan pleat
a regular pleat with mitered corner
attach lining to skirt with vents
Session 3 – Pants
Master Tailoring Techniques
tailored fly in both men and women’s pants.
and install a quarter top pocket with appropriate facing and pocket bag
and install a slanted pocket with appropriate facing and pocket bag
“ Waistband Curtain” for Men’s tailored pants. This is seen in HIGH end pants
to make a 2 piece waistband and “Waistband Inlet” to add to pants to aid in
fitting & alterations in both men and women.
a standard collar into a “2 piece” collar for better roll.
lining “from scratch” with correct ease & pleating
a tailored 2 piece sleeve with mitered vents
the perfect shoulder structure
to correctly make changes to a sleeve pattern to flawlessly sew in a sleeve
collar & lapel
to secure coat or jacket
handstitches (ie. felling stitch, etc)
and pocket rules
Framing: Learn the correct application of interfacing
Session 6 – Construction
of a Coat Part from Start to Finish
•Coat Pattern alterations
•Implementing timesaving fabric prep
•Coat Layout and cutting techniques.
•Coat Framing: Demonstrating the correct
application of interfacing
•Creating a Lining Pattern “from scratch”
with the correct ease
•Sewing Coat: Pockets, Collar & Body
of the Coat
•Sewing Coat: Sewing in the sleeves, Shoulder
• turning up sleeves
• tacking the coat
•Assignment: No assignment---you get to observe the process!!!
How it Works: The entire course is chalk full of in-depth content just like this.It will run 6 weeks and you'll get a series of lessons every week that's full of videos and handouts. You'll be given an assignment that will be graded by Gentleman Jim and you'll be able to ask him any questions about it and discuss with fellow students!!! Just like it's done in the classroom or at his sewing workshops!!! By signing up for this course now you'll have the benefit of having it for 3 months---more than enough time to watch the videos, go through the materials and soak in the knowledge!!! This small investment will change your sewing drastically! Learn my methods of 53 years in this course! I promise you won't be disappointed!!! Again, you can find the course HERE or copy & paste this address https://burdau.thoughtindustries.com/courses/the-master-fit-advanced-tailoring-course
OK, now on to the 6 DVD Giveaway Rules---they are Simple!!!
1. Leave a comment at the end of this blogpost 2. Spread the news on Facebook by copy & pasting the following message.
Copy & Paste this message on Facebook:
Check it out! Master Tailor Gentleman Jim is giving away 6 DVD's to celebrate his new Master Tailoring Course with Burdastyle. With this course learn master tailoring methods that will drastically upgrade your sewing and have you sewing like a tailor in no time! Visit his link here for more details http://finetailoringbyjim.blogspot.com/2014/11/6-dvd-giveaway-burdastyle-master.html
It's that EASY!!!! I'll pick a winner each Friday from the "Comment section" on the following dates: Nov 7th, Nov 14th, & Nov 21st. Hope you're a lucky winner!!!! And don't forget to sign up for my Master Tailoring Class. I want to see you there! If you're committed to sewing better this will definitely launch you there!!!
As promised here's video 2 of the Jacket narrowing alteration. This explain how to narrow the shoulder and take in the blade and side seams of the jacket. Again this alteration intimidates most sewers but here I demonstrate it being quickly done. Enjoy! In my last video I'll show how to put everything back together!!!! Hope you're enjoying my video tips so far :)
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?
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!!!
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!!!
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.
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!
(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
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
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!!!
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!!!
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)
(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.)
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 email@example.com for enrollment info. You'll find the workshop descriptions here.....http://finetailoringbyjim.blogspot.com/2014/04/final-dates-for-summer-sewing-workshops.html
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:)
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
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!