Wednesday, April 30, 2014

More Tailored Vests......

And you thought I was kidding when I said IN THIS POST I was always sewing vests for Mr. B! He LOVES his vests!!! Here are the latest 2 and by the time you read this I would've cranked out at least another 2. The work a Tailor is never done! And I love it!!!

 (Notice the purple colors in this vest. It looks so rich)

 (I love to match my patterns up! I know the tricks on how to do it!)

Also, thanks to everyone who have already registered for the Summer Sewing workshops. If you haven't registered trust me you don't want to miss this! The schedule is listed on my last post. Seats are limited so be sure to register as soon as you can before the May 20th deadline.

Have a Wonderful sewing day!!!!
~Gentleman Jim

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Finalized Dates for Summer Sewing Workshops!

Thanks so much for all of your feedback! Looks like things are getting geared up and I'm excited about this Summer's sewing workshops. Here are the finalized dates. As you've noticed I've shifted all workshops to Thursday-Saturday per your requests. I know that makes for a much easier travel schedule. Also, I've posted class descriptions below. Thanks to all who have registered. Remember, workshop spaces are limited so you want to register right away. Remember the registration deadline is May 20th.  UPDATED 6/21/14: Registration is OPEN until classes fill up. Please register at least 7 days until the event. A 50% class deposit is due upon time of registration. Please email me at to do so.

2014 Summer Sewing Workshop Schedule

Tailored Jackets ------------June 5-7 (Thur-Sat)
           Pants Fitting/Construction-----June 19-20 (Thur-Sat)
             Master Skill Sharpening ----------July 10-12 (Thur-Sat)
    Tailored Jackets-------------July 24-26 (Thur-Sat)
         Tailored Coats (outerwear)--August 7-9 (Thur-Sat)
     TBD*------------------------August 21-23 (Thur-Sat)
*I'm taking suggestions for this class. Let me know your ideas!!!!    

Class Descriptions:

Tailored Jackets                         cost $550 (regularly $695)
-You can wear jackets for most occasions and in all seasons. They're one of the most versatile clothing items. Come learn how to properly fit a jacket and sew it. Jackets can be made with relative ease. When you know the time saving techniques you can build structure into a jacket and still get professional results. You'll learn how to properly mix machine and hand sewing to achieve super results, which supplies to use, etc. This workshop will have you feeling confident about sewing jackets!!!

Pants Construction/Fitting          cost $550 (regularly $695)
-I've heard from the masses on how frustrated they are with properly fitting and sewing pants. That's what compelled me to come out with my Pants DVD where I demonstrate that pants can be sewn in less than 3 hours. This workshop will focus on taking the correct pants measurements, selecting the right pattern an altering it to get a great fit. Students will learn how to conform any pants pattern to their shape. They will be able to make a muslin and sew up a pair of pants to even wear home if they like. This workshop will provide invaluable information. Are you tired of pants fitting/sewing frustrations. Well come to this workshop so I can help you resolve those issues!

Master Skill Sharpening                cost $375 (regularly $550)
-This is an EXCELLENT workshop for the beginner, intermediate or advanced sewer a like! I highly recommend this for everyone. So many times we settle into fitting and sewing methods and need a fresh new approach to how we do things. We pick up sewing techniques here and there and to be truthful alot of them aren't the most time efficient. This class is all about my tailoring tricks! As a Master tailor of 53+ years of experience I'll show you pattern manipulation and sizing methods. You'll also learn how to convert patterns into different styles. I'll show you how to properly cut out patterns, align plaids and patterns. In addition I'll introduce you to my sewing techniques. Also, bring all of your questions and clothing items you've had trouble sewing so we can resolve those issues. This will be a fun and interactive workshop you won't forget!

Tailored Coats                               cost $550 (regularly $695)
-This will probably be the only coat workshop you will ever need to take! Not to be too forward but I've been making professionally tailored coats for over 50 years and I know what it takes to get a superbly fitted and finished coat. Learn all of my time-saving and tailoring techniques. With the information gained in this workshop you'll be able to confidently sew coats for yourself and family members for years to come!

For additional workshop questions and answers visit my blog post HERE

Also, to go ahead an enroll in the workshops please email me to get the ball rolling! Remember the registration deadline is May 20th. I look forward to seeing each of you this Summer!

Please pass this info on to your sewing buddies and sewing guilds!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Summer Summer Workshop Question and Answers!!!!

Thank you for all of your interest in my Summer Sewing workshops that I mentioned in my last blog post!!! I know some of you have had some question so I'll try and cover the answers in this blog post. Please be sure to post additional questions in the comment section below and I'll answer those below as well.

Summer Summer Workshop 

Workshop Dates

Q: Are the sewing workshop dates finalized?

Yes, effective 4/25/14. Based on you guys' feedback here are the classes and dates!

2014 Summer Sewing Workshop Schedule

Tailored Jackets ------------June 5-7 (Thur-Sat)
           Pants Fitting/Construction-----June 19-20 (Thur-Sat)
             Master Skill Sharpening ----------July 10-12 (Thur-Sat)
    Tailored Jackets-------------July 24-26 (Thur-Sat)
         Tailored Coats (outerwear)--August 7-9 (Thur-Sat)
     TBD*------------------------August 21-23 (Thur-Sat)
*I'm taking suggestions for this class. Let me know your ideas!!!!    

A: Not entirely. I threw some dates out to see the response I would get. If the majority of attendees prefer a Thur-Sat or Fri-Sun schedule then I'm completely comfortable with shifting. I'm at my sewing studio daily so any day(s) would work for me. So if you're interested in participating but the mid-week dates don't work for you please email me and let me know.

Q: How many more sewing workshops do you plan to have in July and August?

A: As many as are requested. I have 2 set for July and 2 set for August but can add more based on requests. Also dates are flexible and can be changed as needed. I can have as many workshops as anyone wants to attend. My time is open!

Workshop Topics

Q: Will you only be doing the Tailored Jacket and Pant workshop?

A: The workshop topics are completely based on demand. Many folks have been asking about a Tailored Jacket and Pants workshop which is why I've gone ahead and set that up. I'm planning to add additonal workshops but am awaiting feedback from those who are interested.

Q: What other types of workshops are you planning for the Summer?

A: I'd like to to a workshop centered on new or intermediate sewers who would like to sharpen their technique---you know learn to sew faster and more time efficiently. I'm also doing my Tailored Coat workshop toward the Summer's end. Other workshop topics include whatever you guys want to request. I can sew nearly everything. I can do one's centered on sewing skirts, vests, tailored shirt, menswear. You name it! If you have any special class requests please let me know.

Workshop Instruction/Sewing Schedules

Q: What can a participant expect to experience at your workshop?

A: To learn an insane amount of great sewing/tailoring information in 3 days. My workshops are chock-full of information. I have an unique ability of simplifying complicated sewing tasks. I have 53+ years of experience and have refined my technique and skills in such a way that produces the best results. That's EXACTLY what I look forward to passing on to my students!!!

Q: How much hands-on training will be involved?

A: There will be non-stop hands-on training! . Workshops will be from 10am-6pm with a break for lunch. . I will demonstrate each step and will allow for students to apply onto their own garment. I will be there to help if they have any difficulty.

Q: Will I have a final product at the end of the workshop?

A: That of course is my aim! I want all of my students to have a well constructed and tailored garment to take home with them. Everyone sews and works at their own pace so I don't want to rush anyone. My methods are so concise that students should have a completed or at least near completed garment at the very end!


Q: I'm interested in enrolling in your class what do I need to do?

A: Please email me at to initiate the process. I will send you an enrollment from and take your 50% deposit.

Q: How many students are allowed in each class?

A: Class space is limited to 5-8 people to ensure each student get's personal one-on-one training. These classes fill up so don't hesitate to sign up asap!

Q: Do you allow groups to attend such as a sewing guild or sewing group?

A: Yes, we welcome them. There's nothing like sewing and learning along side a bunch of your sewing friends. If you'd like to book a date not listed please let me know. Again my schedule is open and I would love to schedule your group's visit.

Sewing Workshop Supplies/Studio

Q: What do I need to bring with me?

A: I will provide all machinery and equipment to use in addition to the pattern we will be using. Student will be given a list of supplies to bring which will likely be fabric & muslin and any other necessary notion. None of the items will be expensive unless you choose to work with expensive fabric. I will have "Workshop Kits" available for anyone who would rather purchase their supplies from me. Also participants can bring their own sewing machines if they feel more comfortable sewing with them. I have both industrial and conventional sewing machines.

Q: What is your sewing space like?

A: I have 1600 Sq ft of space so all participants will be more than comfortable. I have a room with a large cutting table and gravitational feed iron. The room behind it has several sewing machines and a sitting area. Off from that I have a couple of cubicles that contain industrial machines for individual sewing space. I have a kitchen equipped with a microwave and fridge for those who want to bring their lunches. There is more than enough comfortable sewing and work space.


Q: Are there lots of choices for lodging in Savannah?

A: Yes, there are lots of options just depending on where you want to stay. My studio is located in between midtown and downtown so the location is perfect and easily accessible no matter where you decide to stay.

Q: Where do you recommend we book a hotel

A: I recommend the midtown area (on or near Abercorn or Bull St.) . It's a straight shot from there to my studio. To help with your search here's my address......
The Savannah Sewing Academy
1917 Bull St
Savannah, GA 31401


Q: What forms of payment do you accept?

A: I accept all payment options---cash, check, credit card, PayPal payment. If you need me to send you a PayPal invoice just call or email me to let me know.

Q: Do you take payment installments?

A: Yes, a 50% Deposit is required when you enroll in the class by the May 20th . You deposit is non-refundable and is due by May 20th. And the remaining balance is due before or on the first day of class at the latest.


Q: For after sewing workshop hours is there alot to do and see in Savannah?

A: YESSSSSSSS!!!! Savannah is one of the loveliest cities. My sewing studio is located less than 10 minutes from downtown where there are wonderful shops and restaurants. The architectural structures and historical and lovely scenery makes Savannah an idea tourist location. So if you come you can consider your visit a "Sewing Vacation"!!!! There will be lots to do after hours and the trip will be well worth your while!!!

Ok, if you have any more questions please leave them in the comments section below and I'll provide answers. You're also welcome to call me or email me 404-213-6684 / I look forward to seeing many of you this Summer!!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Summer "Tailored Jacket/Pants" Sewing Workshop & Student Projects (pics included)

Hello All!!! Hope you're having a splendid week! I sure am! There's lots of exciting things on the horizon. For starters, and as a result of your requests and emails, I'm launching my teaching workshops to the public. That's right in June I'll be giving a 3 Day Tailored Jacket Sewing Workshop (June 4-6) and a 3 Day Pants Fitting and Construction workshop (June 18-20) at my prestigious Savannah Sewing Academy school. My sewing school is located in the beautiful city of Savannah, GA and I have 1600 Sq ft of space equipped with sewing machines and other professional grade equipment. I'm looking forward to opening my doors to all of you who have been requesting this for some time. For all those of you who have attended my seminar or have followed me on my blog know that I love to share my 53+ years of tailoring experience. These workshops will be all day long and will be PACKED with wonderful instruction, shortcuts, and techniques that will help you to make tailored and professional looking garments with an impeccable finish. Each student will make their own Tailored Jacket or Pant (dependent upon which class they choose). The flyers are below. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED so contact me asap to secure your spot. The deadline for applying for these workshop is May 20th. If you have any questions or want to go ahead and register please contact me at my email or call me at 404-213-6684.

Workshop flyers!!! Please pass along the info to your sewing groups and guilds!!!

For the record I plan on running a few more sewing workshops through the Summer. Here are the dates. The subjects are still TBD with the exception of August 6-8 which will be my Tailored Coat workshop---teaching you the in's and out's on making a professional coat. Just in time for Fall! I'm waiting to hear back and get your requests about the other dates. So if you have any ideas just let me know. Also if you want any of your groups or sewing guilds to reserve workshop for themselves just let me know. Here are the additional Summer workshop dates.....

July 9-11          Subject TBD
July 23-25         Subject TBD
                             August 6-8        Constructing a Tailored Coat

August 20-22    Subject TBD

Ok, now on to the STUDENT WORK!!!! For me this is, and I can't stress it enough, it's ALWAYS the most important part!

Bhakti made this gorgeous coat with lots of seaming, decorative straps and yoke.  Believe it or not she's been only sewing for just a few short months and she was able to make this. As you know constructing a coat is a big task for a new sewer but I walked her through it and now she has a coat she love's! That's why I tell people all of the time it's not always the amount of years you've been sewing but the techniques you use that makes the end product look phenomenal. She used Simplicity 2057 and some white/tan checkered upholstery fabric. She plans to add frogs as closures. BTW, we've been having 80F weather here so Bhakti is picture here wearing her coat (very briefly) with shorts!

Feben has quickly become our resident coat maker! She's made at least 6 or so in the last month. She goes for bold prints and color in very relaxed feminine styles. This coat here is a reversible jacket, Butterick pattern 4928. This pattern required a good deal of fabric. Feben worked on making kids coats before switching over to making Women's so the fabric requirement was indeed more. For this look she opted to let the fabric do all of the work and skipped adding the pockets and cuffs. She's working on making a small line of Women's coats at the moment!

Deanna is a graduate student at our local SCAD. She's been a student with me for a few years now. She made this dress as part of her "Sailor Moon" inspired collection and to go in her upcoming show "Fairy Tales and Magic". She draped and drafter her pattern and about a yard and a half of fabric was needed for both the top and skirt. She plans to do some beading on it but her shell is complete!!!

Well I hope you can see why I'm just so excited. I'm happy to be launching these workshops and near future one's so I can share all of this good information I share with my students. Again, if you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact me. If you're interested in attending one of my workshops please call or email (404-213-6684 or If you have any ideas or request for workshops let me know as well! I will be filling in those additional dates fairly soon.

Thanks and take care!!!!
~Gentleman Jim