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what did you sew on today

sewmom5 | Posted in General Discussion on

I’m taking a tailoring class, and working on a suit coat for my husband. We’re doing everything, from drafting the pattern, having fittings, making a coat front (out of hymo, hair cloth, wadding, etc…) from scratch. Great learning experience, lots of work. It’s much harder to sew when your work is getting graded. I’m just hoping I don’t totally mess up.


  1. SewistKitty | | #1

    Many years ago I made a 2 piece wool gabardine suit for myself in Tailoring class in college. It was a major effort but well worth it. Next I made my wedding dress and a suit jacket with fabric from the NY Garment district for my husband to wear in our wedding in the 70s. Your usage of the words: hymo, wadding and hair cloth brought back many memories. You will have a garment that you and your husband will treasure.
    Best of luck.

  2. solosmocker | | #2

    I am glad this thread has been updated. I am on to other projects at this point and others are I am sure. I love hearing what others are doing. Since my last post on the other thread, I have finished a hand pieced quilt pieced in the early 70s. It is "finis" and in the mail to my giftee. Came out kind of cute if I may say so. I have two projects going on right now. I am working my way thru Fine Machine Sewing by Ahles for probably the fifth time but this time I am making samples of all the techniques. This has been great fun and of course very educational. I have gotten thru pintucks, double needle, edge treatments, and tonite I read about hemstitching and will attempt some of those samples tomorrow. This has been a great experience. I love looking at my samples, the successful ones at least. I find if I deviate from her instruction, results are not as good. My other ongoing project is a family christening gown. I am making it
    from a priests alb from the 1930s that is all magnificent lace netting. It is amazing how much fabric was in this garment. The underskirt and bodice are silk dupioni. I had to do a teeny bit of lace repair on one area but it does not detract from the
    whole. My next step is to pleat and then smock the front upper skirt. The smocked section of the dupioni is interfaced and the lace netting is on top. So I am apprehensive about all these layers going thru the pleater. Should be interesting. The gown is actually very simple with the inspiration being the wonderful antique lace netting. Have no fear I wil post pics when done. That was the sewing accomplished today, a day of lots of snow and hunkering down in my studio.Your tailoring class sounds wonderful. I really enjoyed my tailoring days. A beautifully tailored garment just feels so good.

    Edited 3/4/2007 11:13 pm ET by solosmocker

    1. Ralphetta | | #3

      After reading all you've done, I feel like a big fat sloth!  All I did was read a little of my sewing book and do a lot of procrastination. 

      1. solosmocker | | #4

        I really procrastinated cutting into the silk and lace for the gown. I picked up the idea of making samples specifically to hold off on the gown but now I am into both. I hope to pleat the gown today. The hemstitching chapter of Ahles book is very very involved so I have a lot of focus to put into that but I will get it done.

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