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Introduction And Welcome => Introduction from New Members => Topic started by: hutch-- on March 09, 2016, 04:55:10 AM

Title: Please introduce yourself here.
Post by: hutch-- on March 09, 2016, 04:55:10 AM
While we know many of the folks who were members of the old Cutter and Tailor forum, this is where new members can introduce themselves.
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Post by: Anna on March 09, 2016, 05:43:15 AM
Hi, I'm Anna, I would classify myself as an ambitious home sewer, I sew for fun rather than for profit. I am interested in tailoring because I work in an office environment and while the men I work with typically dress in suit's the women are more casual-- and myself being a woman I want to step up my wardrobe to be more classic and formal in a way that I can neither afford to buy nor is it readily available if I could afford it. By sewing for myself I hope to get a better fit and quality than what is available in my price range in RTW.

I've been sewing since I was a kid but I took a hiatus while I was in university, most of what I've sewn in the last few years has been trousers, jeans, shirts and skirts. 
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Post by: hutch-- on March 09, 2016, 09:15:32 AM
Hi Anna, glad to see you here. Sounds like you already have a fair bit of experience so the task of upgrading your wardrobe should be a more direct one. Once you get the info and other toys and bits you are after you should be able to get very good results. We are still getting the new forum up to pace as the old one died without warning but we are getting there.
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Post by: xavierrai on March 09, 2016, 12:58:37 PM
Hello, everyone.  I was a fairly frequent reader of the old forum, but never posted much- I was a bit intimidated.  I'm a theatrical tailor/costumer, like Terri... although  I do more womenswear these days than mens.  I went through the menswear patternmaking/tailoring program at FIT in NYC, which opened my eyes to traditional tailoring. 
I have almost 15 years of professional sewing experience, and currently work at a state university in their costume shop, as a "professional stitcher" and help teach the students to do basic alterations and garment building, as well as doing the bulk of the more in depth projects.

I do hope that other professional costumers feel welcomed, and perhaps a section of the forum could be dedicated to more... vintage inspired garments.  I appreciate wanting to keep out the 'make a jacket by the weekend' crowd, but I wouldn't mind discussing some of the problems and innovations those of us in theatre encounter pretty frequently. I hope that made sense :)

I love reading about everyone's projects, and hope to continue to learn new things. 
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Post by: francescastroqueta on March 09, 2016, 01:47:04 PM
Hi! My name is Francesca Roqueta. I was a newbie on the last forum, but I loved it. Alas! I am totally a neophyte to the sewing world and try to do as much productive sewing as I can every day. I used to moonlight as a Columbia University student, but left school to dedicate myself to one of Athena's other specialties: textiles. I have previously interned or worked at places like Teen Vogue, Barneys NYC, Wine Spectator magazine, etc. However, I presently work at one of San Diego's only fabric stores for apparel fabric while I teach myself as much as I can about garment construction, pattern making, draping, hand embroidery, tambour embroidery, and tailoring. I am committed to learning how to be a good tailor one day. Taking steps in that direction. So grateful for the advice given on any forum. Many humble thanks to everyone! :)
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Post by: TTailor on March 09, 2016, 04:07:49 PM
Welcome to you both!
I too hope we can discuss a bit of vintage, glad to meet another theatrical here.
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Post by: Robin R on March 10, 2016, 03:55:46 AM
Hello all. I am Robin and I am a freelance costumer. I build costumes for theatrical productions, living history participants, themed events and re-enactors. Recently I have switched my focus to men's wear and am slowly learning tailoring techniques -- historically accurate and modern.
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Post by: theresa in tucson on March 10, 2016, 04:40:58 AM
Hello, I'm Theresa, a home sewer from Tucson.  I've been sewing for myself for over forty years and decided to up my game about ten years ago and really study construction.  I don't really do tailoring but have learned a lot about construction by tearing down my husbands worn out trousers and shirts and then copying them.  Of great interest is fitting.
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Post by: tombennett on March 10, 2016, 06:20:25 AM
Hello to newcomers, sorry bit slow dropping by.

Yes, I remember your skirt project Francesca, how did you get on with it in the end?  And xavierrai, don't be to shy on the new site, you are part of the beginning so chip in when, and where you feel able. Another theatrical Robin? I feel a bit in the minority with all you costumiers about the place.  Terri (TTailor) is very experienced, I am sure you all, and the rest of us will learn a lot from your addition to the site.

Ambition Anna is where it all begins, which has got me to here too. We've got some excellent and generous male and female tailors, who give up their time to help us amateurs. And, if fitting is your thing Theresa, we have some great information and resource links to get your husband looking sharp.

Looking forward to seeing your work,
tom. :D
Title: Re: Please introduce yourself here.
Post by: hutch-- on March 10, 2016, 12:16:40 PM
What we are trying to do with the new forum is make it a bit friendlier while maintaining the basic distinctions between different skills and different skill levels. The old forum tended to be a little too narrow and there was a tinge of elitism with a few of the members that did not help any. We are fortunate to have a lot of talented people around and rather than restrict what skilled people can do, it is far more productive to utilize these skills so that the forum becomes a lot more effective.
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Post by: tombennett on March 11, 2016, 03:40:22 AM
Hello,
 
To introduce myself, my name is Tom and I live in Bristol, UK and am returning to personal tailoring after a break of about 33 years.  I first, and sadly all too briefly studied tailoring and design at Mabel Fletcher Technical Collage, in Liverpool back in 1982 but life took me away from my love of clothing and through various career paths.  By way of a fairly serious accident, which has left me with bad nerve damage in my spine, I now find myself back with a pair of shears in my hand and a new singer sewing machine. I've since upgraded to a Brother B755.
 
I have decided to spend my time picking up where I left off in Liverpool, and study tailoring.  I am not expecting to create Saville Row standard garments, well not yet anyways.  :D
Title: Re: Please introduce yourself here.
Post by: hutch-- on March 11, 2016, 09:34:20 AM
I guess I should practice what I preach so here is a little background on myself.

I am originally a toolmaker by trade and have a classically wired "get the job done" brain. Over the last 25 years I have been writing computer software for a living and now that I am technically retired I just have heaps more work to do. My original interest in the old Cutter And Tailor forum was due to a personal hobby of restoring antique tools and in this case tailors shears which I both use and collect. I have worked with professional tailors for over 50 years, mainly sharpening their shears so I have seen a lot of good tailors over my working lifetime but as well as this I have a number of personal friends who are highly skilled tailors which is a blessing when I need to know how to do something.

As far as making clothing, I mainly make and wear plain practical things and while they probably will never make fashion, they are at least well engineered. As an aside from my original trade, craftsmanship is something that I both respect and aspire to and this applies to whatever I make. I used to help out a good friend of mine to get out some of her production work, where I learn how to use an overlocker long ago and in conjunction with a good grasp of machinery I also know my way around conventional lock stitch straight sewers as well. Because I have a good friend who is a genuine genius in stretchwear, I am also familiar with much of the technology for that field, much of the reason why I keep and use overlockers on a regular basis.

i do have a passably good eye for proportion and clothing fit that came from my childhood when my mum was a jazz singer and when she needed an external eye for her outfits, you did not get it wrong.  ;)
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Post by: jruley on March 11, 2016, 12:51:22 PM
Hello,

I am a recently retired engineer.  I came to the old forum as a hobbyist maker of historical reenactment clothing, interested in vintage sewing techniques and antique drafting systems.  While still involved with these, my interests have diversified over the years.  I sometimes portray a working 19th century tailor at living history events so naturally am interested in vintage tools, and I have a small collection of antique irons, shears and sewing machines.  I am curious about the development of the tailoring trade and men's clothing industry from their  historical roots to where it things stand today.  Finally, my interest in patterns has led me to try making some modern items for myself including shirts, trousers and vests.  Resources available on the old forum were very helpful in this regard.

Having been at cross purposes with "Sator" years ago I want to clearly state that I understand that the Forum's purposes and subject matter are up to the administrators to decide.  I will gladly share what little I know that may be of interest or use, and I hope to be able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of this distiguished company.

Thanks,

Jim Ruley
Title: Re: Please introduce yourself here.
Post by: hutch-- on March 11, 2016, 02:29:24 PM
Hi Jim,

Welcome on board. You will find the situation a bit different here, Sator had to carry a very heavy load himself, both in terms of work and financial costs which may have caught up with him where we have a good admin group putting the place back together and the forum is set up on my own virtual server so the only cost has been the time and effort to get it going. Because we have a lot more control over the forum and are able to adapt quickly enough, we can be a lot more relaxed and don't need the rigid rule hierarchy when there is less control.

We aim to maintain the quality and fortunately we already have some very clever people on board who can help out on an occasional basis as their time allows.
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Post by: Greger on March 11, 2016, 06:22:49 PM
This place seems way more relaxed. The other place, well, some unexpected problems showed up with several attempts to solve them. Sator set some limitations I didn't care for. What is the best direction this place should take?
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Post by: hutch-- on March 11, 2016, 06:43:14 PM
Basically the one you have already seen, a lot more relaxed and less "in your face" styles of rules. The quality will be preserved but it will be managed in a far more flexible manner. very pleased to see you here.
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Post by: kate on March 12, 2016, 06:05:48 AM
Hi I'm Kate from Leeds, UK. I worked in IT for a bit then studied pattern cutting and garment manufacture, got myself some old industrial sewing machines and several rolls of denim and made women's jeans and jackets - focus is on fit: www.redkitejeans.com. I will get back to it seriously in September as I've got so much else on this year. But I am making a lot of outerwear and trousers (not jeans sadly) for my overweight, stooping husband and I am always very confused as to how to accommodate such corpulence - so I am really really grateful for what you're doing here as I will probably need some help very soon... 
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Post by: Henry Hall on March 12, 2016, 06:29:51 AM
Hi Kate. Nice to have you here. The jeans you make look great. There were many people interested in jeans making on the old forum, so you may yet end up contributing some valuable insights to discussions.

More stuff will be posted about fitting and figuration as time goes on, so I hope this will prove helpful.

Yorkshire is a great place for garment manufacture - a fair number of Tailors based there (Tom Mahon, Des Merrion, Darren Beaman), the home of the original Monty Burton's in Leeds, (my grandmother was a Burton's seamstress), Spencer's Trousers in Halifax, and world class cloth mills.
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Post by: francescastroqueta on March 12, 2016, 04:07:22 PM
A big thank you to those who have helped me on the last forum and those who have put this forum together! Hopefully you earn many fantastic karma points.  :) Tom, yes, the skirt turned out OK. I will post a photo some time later this month (I am going up to San Francisco on vacation this next week and will be there for the next few weeks thereafter. Yippee!) Thank you so much for remembering--so swell of you!! I always look forward to seeing your posts too! Cheers! :D
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Post by: Napoli on March 12, 2016, 05:38:47 PM
HI This is Napoli,

Long time member in the other forum.


Where is Nishjin, Sator etc?

Took me some time to find this new place.

Best of luck
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Post by: hutch-- on March 12, 2016, 07:49:04 PM
Good to see you here. Its taken a lot of work to get this forum up and going but its close enough to working OK.
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Post by: kate on March 12, 2016, 10:32:56 PM
Thank you very much Henry. The Burton factory building is still there - still in Arcadia ownership and used as a warehouse - worth a visit if you're ever in Leeds. Also, as well as the tailors, there are still some good merchants around - Sidtrim still trades via ebay and you can always pick up gems down at Kirkgate Market.  A fascinating book about the history of the Leeds clothing industry is "Well Suited" by the late Katrina Honeyman.
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Post by: els on March 13, 2016, 03:08:15 AM
Hello,
My name is Els and I'm a hairdresser from Belgium.I have been sewing ever since my mother taught me how to use a sewing machine.Over the last few years I have been trying to get the best possible finish and fit to my garments and found the old forum a tremendous help.Thank you for trying to keep the knowledge out there!It does seem indeed more relaxed and friendly,so I will be posting about my progress.If I wouldn't have chosen hairdressing I would have loved a career in tailoring.
Thanks for all the help :)
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Post by: z.smith95 on March 13, 2016, 05:19:27 AM
I'm Zack, I'm 20 and I have just begun my tailoring adventures. I have spent several months just working on hand sewing and collecting all the equipment I need, as well as doing alterations on much of my clothing. I hope to begin my first trouser project sometime this summer and see where things go from there. I was a member at Cutter and Tailor, but never posted, opting to just soak up information until I was to the point where I would need specific help. I'm very relieved this site has popped up and can't wait to see how things go.
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Post by: Manuela in Hong Kong on March 13, 2016, 10:27:02 AM
Hi, I'm Manuela from Hong Kong, my name on the old forum was manuhk. Thank you for setting this new forum up.
I'm originally from Germany, trained there as a tailor, did the journey became a master and later worked in the garment industry for some 20+ years. After I left the industry 5 years ago I became a language teacher for German, English and Chinese.
I love sewing, have a penchant for vintage Singer machines, and make most of my and my husband's clothes.
Some of my work is on my Flickr site
https://www.flickr.com/photos/108322972@N04/sets/
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Post by: hutch-- on March 13, 2016, 10:32:17 AM
Hi Manuela,

Your other half is a lucky guy, the work on your flickr account is very good. Maybe you have spoiled him with such nice things.  ;)
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Post by: Henry Hall on March 13, 2016, 10:33:09 AM
Hi Manuela. From your introduction it looks like you'll be a valuable asset to this forum.
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Post by: TTailor on March 13, 2016, 10:42:26 AM
Hi, I'm Manuela from Hong Kong, my name on the old forum as manuhk. Thank you for setting this new forum up.
I'm originally from Germany, trained there as a tailor, did the journey became a master and later worked in the garment industry for some 20+ years. After I left the industry 5 years ago I became a language teacher for German, English and Chinese.
I love sewing have a penchant for vintage Singer machines, and make most of my and my husband's clothes.
Some of my work is on my Flickr site
https://www.flickr.com/photos/108322972@N04/sets/


Manuela, I believe you are also on pattern review. Your work is wonderful and reflects your training and experience. It is wonderful to have you here!
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Post by: Manuela in Hong Kong on March 13, 2016, 10:57:20 AM
Thank you everyone for the warm welcome.
Terry, well spotted, I'm indeed on patternreview as well as on the Stitcher's Guild :)
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Post by: TTailor on March 13, 2016, 11:52:50 AM
Stitcher's guild, yes! That is where I have seen you mostly.
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Post by: Sebastian Hoofs on March 13, 2016, 11:43:26 PM
Hi everybody,

I'm a bespoke tailor for menswear from Germany / Cologne and started tailoring and studying pattern making / cutting with 14 years. I have always beeing a big a friend of communication between tailors, home sewers and apprentices because I love the variety of techniques we all can take from and I am very glad that we are here again to build up a new forum.

A big thanks goes to the starters! 


Sebastian

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Post by: Cactus on March 14, 2016, 03:21:40 AM
Hi all.  I am from Arizona.  I'm a home sewer, but also working on making clothing for my husband who is active in cowboy reenacting / living history - 1870s to 1890s.  My next big project, once I work up the courage, is to make him a sack coat.  I have the fabric.  I also have a book on period tailoring techniques.  And a treadle sewing machine.  I've been sewing all my life (over 60 years), so I know I can do it.  Just break it down into individual steps.  I plan to make a test garment before cutting into the "real stuff".  We bought a piece of fabric that has metallic thread shot thru it that will not pass costume judging, so that will be the test fabric.  We're also fed up with the quality of period style mens' trousers that are available.  I think they use the cheapest thread possible!  Anyhow, I am glad to be here and look forward to learning.
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Post by: hutch-- on March 14, 2016, 05:03:20 AM
Hi Sebastian,

Glad you could find us, seems like Tom's Facebook page did the job. Glad to see another tailor join the forum as your expertise will  be useful in helping other people.

Hi Cactus,

Makes sense to use the metallic thread fabric for your test piece so you don't waste the authentic looking fabric for the final item. I have not seen a Singer treadle machine for years but a friend of mine learnt her trade on one long ago before she migrated to industrials. She was able to get very good quality work done with it and with your experience I imagine you will get the same.
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Post by: Jeffrey2117 on March 14, 2016, 07:59:43 AM
Hello All,

    I am a newly signed up member to this site.  I have been a Tailor and alterations Tailor for some years now.  I was able to take over ownership of the business from the previous owners upon retirement 30 years ago. 

I myself have been ill quite a bit for the past year, so have not been able to correspond as much as I would like.

I hope to keep up with the friends and associates I have met through this forum.

Kind regards

Jeffrey 2117
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Post by: hutch-- on March 14, 2016, 08:39:00 AM
Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for posting, its good to hear from you. I am sorry to hear you have had health problems and hope you can get back in front again.
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Post by: Maafaa on March 15, 2016, 08:36:15 AM
Hi,
I am a Norwegian folk costume sewer with general interest in traditional tailoring. I was a frequent reader of the old forum, but I never contributed my selves.
Thank you so much for opening this new forum!
 
PS: Måfå or maafaa is a scandinavian expression literally meaning "random" or "might be". I use to say this whenever I must trust my own "qualified guessing" or "rock of eye";-)
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Post by: hutch-- on March 15, 2016, 08:39:48 AM
Hi Maafaa,

Welcome on board. We can do with a few folks who are practiced at "qualified guessing". We have a costumes section to cater for folks with your skills and your experience will be useful to other folks who undertake similar work to your own.
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Post by: Henry Hall on March 15, 2016, 09:02:56 AM
Hi Maafaa, nice to have you. I've been learning Norwegian on Duolingo for a few months, but it's going very slowly because I don't visit often enough.
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Post by: majka on March 15, 2016, 10:09:42 PM
Hello, Majka here.
I was reading the old forum without posting there. Thanks to everybody who is helping to resurrect the lost material.

I am translator/interpreter in her 40's who is sewing for herself and her family from time to time.

I started to sew in a high school, when the RTW stopped to fit me and almost everything I wore was self-made. In the last few years I didn't sew much except for my nieces but the situation is changing - nothing fits or has the quality / style I want so I am back to sewing for myself. This time, I want to go the last part of the way to a better quality of tailoring I missed till now. I am completely self-learned with all the time and problems this brings.
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Post by: hutch-- on March 15, 2016, 10:17:48 PM
Hi majka,

Welcome on board and thanks for the reference links you posted. making your own stuff is always a good choice once you know how to get it going and the pursuit of high quality always come back to you with better made items.
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Post by: spookietoo on March 18, 2016, 04:29:07 PM
Hello All!

Hutch, thank you so much for setting this up. Tailleuse was nice enough to let me know about this new version via PR.

Thank you also for the simple registration. Its 1:30 am here and I was about to turn in. Very little brain power left.

Looking forward to this more relaxed discussion!
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Post by: hutch-- on March 18, 2016, 04:53:30 PM
Hi Spookie,

Good to see you here.  :)
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Post by: Schneiderfrei on March 18, 2016, 09:03:26 PM
Hello Spookietoo, Nice to see you here.
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Post by: Henry Hall on March 18, 2016, 09:34:03 PM
Yes, better late than never. :)
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Post by: jeffrey on March 19, 2016, 01:18:44 PM
Hello all,
My name is Jeffrey and I am a ready to wear designer based in NYC. I am not sure what I can offer to the forum but will do my best to pull my weight.
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Post by: Henry Hall on March 19, 2016, 01:22:01 PM
Come on in Jeffrey. There's a place for you.
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Post by: jeffrey on March 19, 2016, 01:27:11 PM
Awww thanks. That is very welcoming.
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Post by: hutch-- on March 19, 2016, 01:28:04 PM
Hi Jeffrey,

Your design know how is very useful stuff that many people can learn from. Maybe you can show some of the folks here what good design from the Big Apple looks like.
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Post by: ErinC on March 25, 2016, 09:22:04 AM
Hi
I am a home seamstress with an interest in historic costuming.
At the moment I am working on a Norfolk Jacket and Riding Breeches for a gentleman who rides penny farthings from 1895 'Gordon's Work on Cutting'.
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Post by: Henry Hall on March 25, 2016, 09:50:44 AM
Welcome Erin. There are other costumers here and TTailor is a costume-maker who is also a bone-fide tailor.

Older dafts can have complications, but Gordon's book has some good drafts (never seen a Norfolk in there). His trousers in the 1910 version are constructed on the centre line method though the bottoms are very narrow, reflecting the era. The 1895 trousers actually have a better shape. I also like the DB vest with grown-on lapel in the earlier version.
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Post by: Greger on March 25, 2016, 06:34:00 PM
ErinC, you will probably be interested in some links here.

http://costumes.org/wiki/index.php/History100pages1893to1898cuttersguide

You will see directions about fitting problems. The Cutter's Practical Guide 1893-1898 by W. D. F. Vincent. Don't know how many he wrote. You see why inlays are so important. The seams might need to be out on some of them in order to make the adjustments. Seam lines are found at the fittings- fit best and look best. The patterns are merely to get you in the ball park. The inlays actually allow you to play the game. Shrinking out ripples where they show, because the cloth needs to be there. Etc.
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Post by: Maafaa on March 26, 2016, 06:03:32 AM
Thanks for the welcoming. :-)
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Post by: ErinC on March 26, 2016, 07:53:06 AM
Thank you so much for your welcome and sorry, Henry,  for being so confusing with my original post (should have phrased it better) Just working on the breeches from Gordon's so far - haven't yet decided on what to use for the Norfolk Jacket. And yes, I did rather like the idea of a bit more looseness with the 1895 to the tighter 1910, Penny Farthing riders are a little hard on their trousers!
Thank you also Greger for the link! Brilliant!
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Post by: Abbey Sews on March 29, 2016, 07:01:10 AM
Hello, I've been sewing for most of my life and grew up with parents who were both tailors (I still have my father's copy of the Mueller and Sohn Herrenanzuege boo)  :) My main interest are well fitting, tailored clothes and couture techniques, although I am starting to explore sewing with knitwear as well. I've been reading the C&T for a while and have found lots of interesting material on the site. Glad this is going to be a more open forum...life's too short.  Abbey
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Post by: hutch-- on March 29, 2016, 09:34:40 AM
Hi Abbey,

Welcome on board. You should have a good background with both parents being tailors.
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Post by: posaune on April 18, 2016, 06:56:34 PM
Ben
this is good for someone who only sew since a year.
But: To develop yourself further you should practice individual steps separately (not on a large piece) for example, pockets.
An apprentice does that too. He sews samples till he has the knack. He works with a 1/4 draft for a jacket to practise: drafting, cutting, collar, breast pockets, lining ,....you name it.
The time invested here pays off later with speed and precision in your work.
I know, you want to wear your own made clothes now - but give yourself some time.
lg
posaune
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Post by: titho on April 21, 2016, 05:56:06 AM
Hi everyone, I'm Thomas from Germany and a former avid reader on the cutter and tailor forum. I got interested in sewing because of my girlfriend about two years ago. I'm very interested in old machinery, finely crafted items and actually doing precise work with my own hands, so I guess this was kind of inevitable :) In the sparse time I find for sewing, I have completed several bought pattern pieces, among them jeans style trousers and men's shirts and a bunch of small items to practice and learn. My pattern-making skills are still in their early infancy, but I try ro read and implement the working practices from the classic tailoring literature into my projects. That's why I was more than thrilled to find the Cutter&Tailor and now this forum. The amount of information and incredibly knowledgable people is stunning!

I hope to learn a lot about the beautiful art of tailoring! It already changed my perception of clothes, especially well made and fitting garments, dramatically :)

Thank you so much and kind regards, Thomas
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Post by: hutch-- on April 21, 2016, 08:42:04 AM
Hi Thomas, welcome on board.
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Post by: Schneiderfrei on April 21, 2016, 09:28:49 AM
That's a cool background Thomas. When I was 19 my first girlfriend decided to sew up some clothes, from the Folkware patterns.  I thought, "I believe I could do that!"  Here I am too. :)
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Post by: Greger on April 21, 2016, 03:13:13 PM
Keep getting emails to introduce myself. Maybe the emails will end now.

What I learned about tailoring is from my granddad and mom. Mostly how to think about clothes. Everything else is secondary.
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Post by: hutch-- on April 21, 2016, 03:48:42 PM
 :)
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Post by: ScarletSwordfish on April 29, 2016, 12:55:00 PM
Hi, I'm Swordfish. I just registered at the C&T forum, but was invited to come here as well. I'm just a beginner at sewing, but I'd like to be able to make jackets eventually, at least for myself.
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Post by: hutch-- on April 29, 2016, 01:12:55 PM
Hi and welcome on board. We have a lot of good stuff here which you should be able to read around but just be warned that jackets are a difficult task and you will need to learn a lot before you take on a task of that complexity. Feel free to ask questions as we have many experienced people here who can help you on the way.
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Post by: crazy1503 on May 21, 2016, 09:31:49 PM
Hi everyone, Im Alison! Im based in Perth, Australia. I have just signed up to the old forum and Im working my way through all the fabulous texts uploaded there!
Ive sewed since I was a child, inspired by my mother sitting in front of her Husqvarna, swearing at a mangled mess of chewed up thread and material. I used to ask her to sew something for me, and then quickly decide that Id just try hand sewing it myself instead...
In the last few years Ive been sewing my own label of custom made kids clothes, but now that I have just managed to get my own commercial workshop Ill be starting on a line of womens suits - beginning with customised vintage patterns and working my way up to full tailored suits once I have had enough practise and skills!
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Post by: hutch-- on May 21, 2016, 10:24:20 PM
Hi Alison,

Good to see you here, we need a few more Aussies, I am from Sydney. Sounds like you have an interesting operation that is expanding  into the fun stuff.
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Post by: Sastre Ray on May 30, 2016, 12:48:07 PM
Im a working tailor and have been for most of my life...I make my living in the alteration and repair end of the trade...and have always practiced suit and coat making for personal wear....have not made a suit for another person since the early 80s....not a great Bespoke market in Kentucky USA
 
(http://s33.postimg.org/qas4tmuy3/green_suit.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/qas4tmuy3/)
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Post by: hutch-- on May 30, 2016, 01:23:40 PM
Hi Sastre Ray,

Welcome on board, alterations are an important skill that requires an experienced tailor to do them properly, especially if it was an expensive garment to start with.
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Post by: Henry Hall on May 30, 2016, 09:43:20 PM
I see a little ticket pocket on that coat and a waistcoat with lapels! Very smart.
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Post by: Sastre Ray on May 31, 2016, 07:04:07 AM
thanks Hutch...nice to be here..great info to be found...


thanks Henry Hall....I like to add ticket pockets to many of my coats...especially when there is nothing special about the fabric....same true for the lapels I added to the waist coat ....also my sleeve buttons almost always are functioning.....sometimes since they are for personal use I will make a suit from a blend such as this one..because I needed this green for an occasion ....my pattern drafts are old school Michelle system based...I plan on exploring others though
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Post by: Vilhan on June 07, 2016, 09:08:06 PM
Hi, I'm Vilhan, currently a designer, but with hopes of successfully transitioning to tailoring. As for now, I only do tailoring at home, for my humble self and a few friends, besides the job that pays the bills. I have a few years of experience in the garment industry, but never really had the time to accumulate enough know-how to make everything from patterns to finishing. But that's slowly changing, and tailoring would be the ultimate goal.

I've been casually visiting the old forum, but I'm very happy to see people eager to transition here with all their expertise and openness to share.

I'm really glad to see that there is a community like this. Hopefully, I will make my own contribution in time.
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Post by: hutch-- on June 07, 2016, 09:41:59 PM
Hi Vilhan,

Welcome on board. The acquisition of skills up to a level that you are happy with is a worthwhile venture and I hope it leads to where you want.
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Post by: Sinned on June 08, 2016, 06:25:19 AM
45 years experience in the trade. Trained the hard way so have fairly thorough broad knowlege. Spend my time running our small retail family business but if required can make a suit from start to finish from drafting to pressing. Mostly now use supplier with advanced computer cut measured system for commercially priced bespoke. What we love is not always what we can make a living from, so I have no illusions about purist tailoring but like the skills and talk. Don't always have time to contribute to forums. Interested in old tools and books,  new technology, and pattern cutting mysteries. The survival of disappearing trades may well depend on forums like this, so best wishes to all contributors.
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Post by: hutch-- on June 08, 2016, 08:43:52 AM
Hi Sinned,

Good to hear from a real pro.
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Post by: Learner on June 18, 2016, 08:38:27 AM
Hello.

I'm a fifty year old man from the UK who likes decent clothes.
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Post by: Henry Hall on June 18, 2016, 08:55:22 AM
Hello Learner. You're being modest.
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Post by: sewbriquet on June 28, 2016, 04:05:08 PM
hello, another avid home sewer here. While my pedigree is impeccable (my mother was couture trained) it didn't occur to me to learn how to sew until not long before she died. So I'm not one of those people who can say I learned how to sew at a very young age from my mother blah blah. Much to her chagrin. But what I did inherit from her was an appreciation of fine fabrics, good fit and beautifully structured clothes. I've been very lucky to find a teacher since then who is as pedantic and methodical as she was, where I am learning patternmaking, which is fascinating and fun. I've made all sorts of clothes over the years, but particularly enjoy making coats and jackets (my aim is to make a traditional jacket using sew in interfacing for my long suffering hubby), evening wear with lots of inner structure, and anything just outside of my skill set to keep me on my toes.  I'm currently attempting a traditional tutu, which is nicely challenging. I'm here to learn and don't feel I can offer much in the way of sage advice to anyone. I'd love to go to Ireland and do Rory's tailoring if I didn't live on the other side of the world . Maybe I can convince the tutu teenager to study dance in the UK and give me the excuse I need to go over there.
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Post by: DHart on June 29, 2016, 04:51:04 AM
Hi, all. I'm a beginner sewist with an interest in tailoring. It's not immediately apparent to me just what I can contribute to this group, but I will work on it!
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Post by: hutch-- on June 29, 2016, 12:52:56 PM
Hi guys,

Welcome on board. Being here is the start of your contribution, ask any questions you need and we can probably find a member who can help you out.
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Post by: Futura on July 19, 2016, 05:20:27 PM
(Okay, this is my second attempt at writing this... My 8 month old daughter just hit the keyboard and erased everything!)

Hello everyone!

I am a dressmaker/designer starting my own business specializing in made-to-order custom clothing. I recently joined the Cutter and Tailor forum, but spent all of my time there reading. Maybe now I will contribute!

My grandmother worked for a tailor in Germany many decades ago. I wish I had the chance to sit down and study from her, as she was extremely skilled at sewing (amongst many things).

I'm currently studying pattern drafting which I find extremely enjoyable. My current interest is hybrid proportionate methods for women. So far I have only really found two books on the subject, at least in English. I find it interesting to observe the differences between skilled work preserved over time, and the slow commercial dumbing down of such skills as they are promoted to the average enthusiast today.

I'm fascinated by pattern cutting in recent eras of fashion. I love the idea of creating a look authentic to another time, not as a costume but more so because I'd prefer the look for everyday wear. (I really detest a lot of what is considered fashionable nowadays...!)

I'm looking forwards to joining in the conversations!
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Post by: Henry Hall on July 19, 2016, 08:04:11 PM
Hello and welcome. You've joined just as there is a lull because of the summer (in the places where it is summer at least). When that passes there'll be many conversations to dive into.
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Post by: jmazey on July 20, 2016, 06:46:39 AM
Hi, my name if Judy and I've been sewing for over 40 years off and on. I graduated from the Costume for Film and Theatre at Capilano University in 2015. I have finished my certificate of embroidery from the Royal School of Needlework and I'm currently working towards my diploma from the RSN. I'm interested in all types of sewing but especially from an embroidery aspect. I look forward to reading and participating the many conversations on this board.
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Post by: Futura on July 20, 2016, 07:06:59 AM
Hello and welcome. You've joined just as there is a lull because of the summer (in the places where it is summer at least). When that passes there'll be many conversations to dive into.

Thanks for the welcome :) Yes, everything here has come to a standstill thanks to the season. It reached nearly 90 degrees here after a long period of wintery weather.
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Post by: Jussi on October 25, 2016, 08:14:39 PM
Hello! I'm Jussi Häkkinen, working as a designer and MTM-specialist for a menswear company. I have a rather diverse background but also tailoring studies. Despite sewing quite a lot in my profession, I want to learn more since the current level and demands of the international high-end menswear differ quite a bit from what I've learned originally.

As a new area for me, I aim to learn more about bespoke tailoring for women - and this is mainly for "home purposes", as my fiancée has asked me long enough to make her a walking suit and some blazers & trousers. I admit that, although I studied dressmaking etc. in the past, that the structured tailoring isn't the easiest thing to adapt to womenswear.
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Post by: marie6176 on October 26, 2016, 04:22:48 AM
Hi everyone, I am Marie-Noëlle from France. My reason for joining this forum is my passion for tailoring. I am in no way a professional sewer but I have a passion for beautifully crafted garments and I am always trying to improve my skills. I particularly like tailored garments and my dream is to be able to make myself a tailored suit. I was a member of your previous forum and you can see my work on my instagram https://www.instagram.com/lamachineacoudre/
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Post by: Henry Hall on October 26, 2016, 07:19:08 AM
Hi Marie. I particularly like the pie (or is it a pizza)?
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Post by: hutch-- on October 26, 2016, 10:04:58 AM
Hi Guys,

Welcome on board. For Jussi you will find a number of folks here who have considerable experience in women's tailoring. For Maria, having looked at your blog (with the same reaction to the pie or pizza), you have some very nice work there. I particularly like the floral pattern pyjamas, almost seems a waste to only sleep in them.
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Post by: marie6176 on October 26, 2016, 08:00:49 PM
Thanks guys for droping by my blog and yes I like cooking, ;)
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Post by: Violet on December 31, 2016, 11:32:09 PM
Hi everyone.
I'm Violet. I'm a patternmaker, specially women's pattternmaker, though I dare also with men's patterns. I sew also the prototypes.
I know a bit about fashion design, too. I'm always learning. Thank you for this page.
 :)

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Post by: Michael Williams on March 03, 2017, 07:34:05 PM
Hi I am a bespoke tailor from lagos Nigeria. Good to be connected with like minds across the globe. Thanks for having me here
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Post by: Jones on March 04, 2017, 07:11:40 AM
Hi my name's Nathan from London I have been in the trade for 5 years. I Started like many of my age at Newham college on the Savile Row pre-apprenticeship course and went from there to Meyer & Mortimer where I apprenticed under a trouser maker. Hit a wall pretty early on trying to get further training (you know how tailors are ;) ) and so went into alterations where I could at least keep myself fed. I've tried to develop my skills over the last few years and aside from the various books and tips from friends and colleagues the old forum has been immensely useful especially when it comes to cutting. I hope that Nishijin, Jcsprowls, Sator, Mansie Wauch, Jukes, Schneidergott, Greger and even The uberschneider himself, Der Zuschneider will continue to grace us with their expertise.  8)

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Post by: Oyew on March 19, 2017, 09:13:13 PM
Hello all.
I am oye kahlili, student tailoring from indonesia.
I want to upgrade my tailoring skill, but its hard to find any resources in my mother language. I find this forum by browsing internet. Even my english is as bad as my tailoring skill, i hope i can learn this art from you all.
Many thanks for admin  :)
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Post by: hutch-- on March 20, 2017, 12:53:11 AM
Hi Oyew,

Welcome on board. You are fortunate to live in Indonesia as you have some wonderful fabrics, excellent art work and good original designs from your country.