Bring structure and shape to any tailored garment!

Essential Guide to Tailoring Structure & Shape with Alison Smith

Create beautifully structured garments that maintain their exquisite shape and drape for years to come. Learn traditional, modern and hybrid tailoring techniques.

Essential Guide to Tailoring: Structure & Shape

Bring structure and shape to any tailored garment with online video lessons from School of Sewing founder Alison Smith! You’ll start by learning classic tailoring techniques such as canvassed construction for jackets and more. Alison will also teach you how to stabilize and shape a jacket’s edges, neckline, armholes and roll lines. Move on to modern tailoring methods for using fusible interfacing with looser-weave fabrics to build elegant garment structure swiftly. Then, discover hybrid tailoring techniques that make it easier than ever to achieve refined results when sewing coating fabric or high-end menswear. Plus, discover how to interface a variety of different silhouette variations, from shawl-collared and collarless jackets to tailored skirts and pants.

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New Craftsy class – Classic Tailoring: The Blazer by Steffani Lincecum.

Craftsy has managed to surprise me again with this new Craftsy class –  Classic Tailoring: The Blazer, with Steffani Lincecum .

‘Join professional costumer and patternmaker Steffani Lincecum and learn fine sewing techniques to create a superior-quality blazer with hand-stitched details. Padstitch hair canvas and muslin into your garment to reinforce stress points and add sophisticated structure. Assemble your jacket body beautifully with expert tips. Add wigan to hemlines and sleeve cuffs for a crisp look and keep shoulder seams from stretching with twill tape. Demystify turn-of-cloth while shaping your undercollar and construct vented sleeves, bound buttonholes and patch pockets as your jacket comes together. Sew your shoulder pads, lining, lapels and collar before adding edge-stitching that makes your finished garment even more special.’

Classic Tailoring: The Blazer, with Steffani Lincecum .

Learn How to Sew a Blazer in Craftsy’s Classic Tailoring: The Blazer
The only min point is that it is again based on a Butterick pattern B4610.

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Inspiring BvK East Region meeting

Since I have become the BvK member (Branchevereniging van Kleermakers & Modevakscholen – BvK – Dutch Association of Tailor and Fashion Design Schools) I can officially take part in their different meetings. Last Friday there was another meeting of the East Region and this time I was able to participate – no business trips.
It is so-called study eventing. Usually one of the members shared his/her knowledge with others. This time Mr. Hans Aartsen – one of the very experienced member in tailoring – was giving some tailoring advises and shared his couture techniques secrets based on models presented by other members.

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BVK evening workshop

One of the first sewing blogs I followed was THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion. It was run by few bloggers and one of them was Els – member of Branchevereniging van Kleermakers & Modevakscholen – BVK (Dutch Association of Tailor and Fashion Design Schools) – “It is an organisation which focuses on the interests of clothing manufacturers, tailors and directors of fashion design schools. It also provides consumer information. Among its members the BvK has, self-employed, men and women’s [tailored] clothing manufacturers, couturiers, tailors employed by couturiers, designers and manufacturers of costumes for the stage as well as those who own a clothing repair shop and various other fashion studios. Members also include a large number of fashion design schools.

I knew they organise all kind of interesting challenges, events and regional meetings where they share knowledge on tailoring.
I was often checking the agenda with these regional meetings as I was interested in joining such meeting. However very often it was at the same time when I had to leave for my work. This time I had luck! I contacted the regional coordinator  -Marijke and I was glad to hear I could join it even though I am not a member.

The topic of this meeting was – draping a collar by Anneke Smeets.
After short introduction round Anneke started to drape a collar of a jacket.

Branchevereniging van Kleermakers & Modevakscholen – BVK (Dutch Association of Tailor and Fashion Design Schools)Branchevereniging van Kleermakers & Modevakscholen – BVK (Dutch Association of Tailor and Fashion Design Schools)


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New tops coming soon…

Today the Vogue patterns have arrived I have ordered a week ago.

Vogue Pattern top V8390 Vogue Pattern top V8649

Each pattern has different front and neckline finishing. I see a lot of possibilities for making tops from these two jersey fabrics.

Jersey lycra fabric top Jersey lycra fabric top

It appeared that below pattern is meant to be cut from woven fabric. No problem… enough to experiment. It can be ease made of jersey Glimlach.

Vogue Pattern top V9771