Another Year

It’s been awhile since my last post, and I want to start the New Year with an update as to what I’ve been doing for the last few months…

I completed another fashion design course at Canada College located in Redwood City, CA., taught by Professor Ronda Chaney, and assisted by Peggy Perruccio and Kathleen Lorist.  The advanced tailoring class was combined with the beginning tailoring class, a cross-section of students with an array of ability and interests, which created an environment of camaraderie. We learned from each other.

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My jacket is a Vogue Pattern, which required minimal fitting adjustments by Ronda.  Matching the plaid with princess seams was the main challenge.  I decided to cut the sleeves and patch pockets on the bias. The fabric is vintage Linton tweed.  Linton is located in the United Kingdom, and was or perhaps still is, one of the major suppliers for Chanel.  I lined the jacket with a designer cut silk charmeuse  purchased at Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley, CA. I like using piping as an accent.

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The tweed is loosely woven which created a challenge when it came to the patch pockets.  Trying to get both the same size was not easy.  I solved the problem by blocking both of them on the blocking board I use for knitting.

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I learned many new skills in this class.  Starting with shoulder pads and sleeve heads, interfacings,  bound buttonhole pocket,  single welt pocket, outside welt pocket, jacket notch collar, and hand stitches.  I particularly like the blind catch stitch for hemming the jacket.  I used a slip stitch for the patch pockets.  I found using the tailor’s ham was beneficial when stitching the hem because it supported and at the same time, elevated the jacket while stitching.

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I look forward to blogging with you in 2019!

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