|Fitting is better- Dress Form is much smaller than me|
So, after reading this controversial post over fusible interfacing I knew that I was right. I needed to use different better interfacing- a type that was worthy of the fabric itself. So I headed out and picked up 2 packages of the Palmer/Pletch PerfectFuse TAILOR Ultra in charcoal/black. Then I carefully peeled off the old interfacing: Medium weight Pellon- I hadn't fused it all the way but I don't think it would have given a good fuse anyway because it was all bubbly. I'm done with Pellon.
|Love the crispness of the seams with this fabric|
|I love the bias on the cuffs|
|Very happy with button choice!|
The other thing I realized I needed to do was get a tailoring book and read up on the tailoring practices. My mom was a seasoned home tailor and made beautiful suits. She has notebooks full of hand written notes that I would wager would be just as good as any book of tailoring, but I do also want to reference the experts (and I need pictures). I set out to find a copy of "The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket, Tailoring" by Creative Publishing International.
But alas there are no copies out there because it's being reissued in May and so I guess all the old copies have been long snapped up. So I went to the trusty Multnomah County Library and got a copy. And the library is amazing because all you have to do is reserve it and they deliver it to your local branch and set it on a shelf with your name. AND I got a handy tutorial of how to download library books from the library to your IPAD!!!!- which is the reason that I have not been to the library in 6mo. I got an ipad.
I got a few tips from this book for the coat but it's not super tailored so I'll use the info for my first real tailoring project. My real ah ha was all the tools that are in the book, I now know what they do. Because of course, I had/have somewhere all of those pieces from my mom but didn't really know what they all did specifically, only vaguely. I really hope they are not somewhere in my storage unit because I'm about to buy my own. Much like my mom's canning supplies that I got rid of and regretted, I'm most certain these are gone somewhere after 20 years and many moves. Sigh.... silly girl, after all these years mom still knows best. Rest in peace mother.
Next, collar, lining and finishing including more buttonholes. But before that, a trip to the fabric store with the kids to buy pj fabric- a continuation of the Christmas gift/sewing lessons.