Monday, August 11, 2014

A Tutorial For You!!

This is my first tutorial, so I hope you like it! This is a video showing the step by step techniques in creating the Tower Placket for the Classic Tailored Shirt.   Long awaited, now you've got it.  This is being brought to you by me and my little sis Pat....thank you Pat!! 

Tower Placket Tutorial

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Quilted Jacket: Eye Candy!

I wanted you to see Lorraine M.'s beautifully made jacket. It is the same jacket she made in Tailoring Boot Camp (Nancy Erickson's #1945). However, this time she used Mary Ray's channel quilting techniques. The fabrics she used were: soft, brushed polyester (from her stash), Posh (polyester) lining from JoAnn's Fabrics, Thai Silk for the collar and lapels. As you can see, there are some great quality polyester fabrics around! She used Hobbs Heirloom batting (100% wool) between the layers and then channel quilted the sections. The end result is a tailored jacket that is soft, crushable, and packable (as Lorraine describes it). No worries of wrinkles when you get to your final destination!

Thanks, Lorraine for providing these pictures, so that I can share them with all of you.

Please contact my friend Mary Ray for info on her workshops, so that you can learn her wonderful techniques. Mary is a contributing editor for Threads, Craft Stylish, and teaches in the Fashion Design Program at Allegheny State College in Boone, NC. Her website is:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Donna Karan 1263 Jacket front

Here is  a picture of the front of the jacket!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Can you believe it...I've been Sewing Jackets!!!

Rarely do I get a chance to make anything for myself. This year I've been determined to make time between projects for business, to make some jackets (my favorite things to sew!!)

The Donna Karan Vogue jacket #1263, has been one that I've admired for some time now. I happened to attend one of the City-Wide Couture meetings (one of the Neighborhood groups with ASG-Atlanta). Some of us got a chance to visit Gail K Fabrics in Atlanta after the meeting (Ginny, Martha, and me!). As I went through the store, I spotted a beautiful Wool Damask Knit and fell in LOVE :-))
I also saw another lovely piece, and since I could not make a final decision, I left it in the store.

Of course, I dreamed about the first piece, so the next day I went back to get it.
This is the same pattern that comes with the Alabama Chanin Class on Craftsy, and will look great on  everyone.

Here are pictures of the jacket I made...Front and back view. Also, a close up of the fabric. The picture doesn't do it justice.