Long ago I have bought a Tailor’s ham – small one, however I always wanted to have a bigger one – let’s say more professional. It is much better to use a curved mold when pressing curved areas of clothing, such as darts, sleeves, cuffs, collars, or waistlines. We all know that pressing on a curved form allows a garment better to fit body contours. And we all know that professional Tailor’s hams are quite expensive.
Thanks to fantastic bloggers community I came across few instructions and patterns to make own Tailor ham. Veanna from sosewlovely has great instruction and 2 patterns for Freestanding Tailor Ham Pattern and the Tailor Whale Pattern.
For my Tailor’s ham I used a pattern from the August/September 2012 issue of Vogue Patterns magazine, page 24.
I had enough wool and cotton fabric. I decided to make inner part form a thinner cotton fabric, and the outer part from cotton and wool.
The next time I will leave the opening on the side – more straight part – not at the curved upper side.
I have bought the sawdust at the pet supply shop. I was breaking my head on this for a while and then my DH just came with this idea – if you don’t have rabbits or hamsters you don’t think about such simple solutions.
It is important to have a vacuum cleaner nearby when filling in the Tailor’s ham with the sawdust. And son’t sneeze!
I pressed the sawdust firmly and closed the opening. After cleaning the rests of the sawdust I first attached the thicker cotton to the inner part. I pulled it tight around and sew by hand. Then I molded the woolen part and sew by had as well.
As the wool moulds easy it is unnecessary to make any darts – which would only disturb while pressing the curves.
I am very pleased with the final results. I will make the Freestanding Tailor’s Ham next.
Now I have to ask my DH to make a stand… it should not be difficult – he is a very handyman.
Actually this Tailor’s ham could be a great present. I think I will give this first exemplar to my niece. I have enough wool to make another one for myself.