Essential Guide to Tailoring: Finishing
Master traditional and modern garment finishing techniques with School of Sewing founder Alison Smith. Begin class with Alison's tips for getting a tailored jacket ready for finishing. Then, expand your decorative possibilities with piped bound buttonholes, and see how to select the best fabric for your jacket lining. After your fabric is chosen, Alison will guide you through installing a lining, back pleat and hanging loop with your machine. Wish to capture the Old World beauty of hand-sewn garments? You'll learn traditional methods for installing a jacket lining by hand, as well as how to match the join of facing, hem and lining flawlessly. You'll even discover how to place the lining around a vent in a skirt or sleeve. You'll finish class with techniques for topstitching, sewing on buttons by hand and perfectly pressing your garments.
Alison Smith is the United Kingdom's premier teacher of dressmaking, tailoring and corsetry. She is the first person to receive the award of Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to sewing and corsetry! Alison runs the School of Sewing and is the author of the best-seller "The Sewing Book," with more than 300,000 copies sold worldwide, as well as "Dressmaking Step by Step." Alison participates in many sewing shows and writes regularly for sewing magazines.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet author, designer, and sewing and tailoring expert Alison Smith! Alison will quickly review how to bring a tailored jacket to its finishing stage (from earlier classes in this series), then make a gorgeous piped bound buttonhole and show how to handle buttonholes for large statement buttons.
Learn to choose the best lining fabric for your project, and follow along as Alison shows how to add a hanging loop and back pleat to the lining and install it by machine, with hand-finishing to complete the installation perfectly. Then learn about decorative options for the lining-facing seam.
Alison explains when a traditional hand-installed lining is the best choice. Then learn to prepare a jacket for a hand-installation, and the proper method and order of attaching the lining pieces for a garment that's beautiful and comfortable.
Matching the join at facing and hem can challenge even experienced sewists, but with Alison's guidance your hem will be level even at this critical juncture. Then learn to expertly manage the lining pleat. If your tailoring plans include trousers, Alison will show you how to add kick tape for hems.
Tailored sleeves and skirts often include vents for ease of movement as well as design. Alison demystifies the process of cutting the lining to go around the vent, sewing the vent in the face fabric and the lining, and then attaching the two for a flawless interior finish.
Your tailored jacket is almost complete! Learn to add perfect topstitching, hand-sew your buttons to the jacket with a thread shank for strength, and carefully touch up your jacket without re-pressing areas that you've already pressed.