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