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#1 tailleuse

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Posted 05 January 2016 - 06:25 AM

I hesitate to list goals just as I don't make resolutions: I fear disappointment.  But I'll hazard a few for this year:

 

  • Learn to fit myself; I have a dress form now.
  • Learn to press better; I'm either too timid or too aggressive.
  • Work on improving finishing details such as arrowhead tacks.

 

And most important of all:

 

  • Sew more consistently.

 

What about you?


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 07:20 AM

I have several since  I've finally finished the outline for a Tailoring Text so several of my goals will focus on writing the book. 

 

Begin samples for the tailoring text.

Explore differences between bespoke and couture; hopefully with a trip to London.

Reconcile differences in terminology between bespoke, couture, and home sewing.

Try to be more specific about where I learned what. 

Interview more tailors, hopefully in the US.  

Do additional research in my personal collection. 

Participate more often on cutterandtailor. 

Read more tailoring books from early 20th c.

Install Dragon Dictate

 

 

I'm teaching 2 5-day tailoring workshops in 2016 and another in Jan. 2017 which will help me refine my directions when writing. 


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 08:23 AM

Me!

 

To keep trying to take the perfect picture and, to learn to cut the perfect coat. Plus: I could do with an improvement in my physical situation, perfect my hand-sewing and trouser construction, get out more.

 

tom

 

ps. make my DB silk pyjamas.  :thumbsup:


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 08:55 AM

Yes,
Complete the missing parts of the tailoring how to pdf's that I started two years ago, but haven't had the time or mental energy to push through to finish.............Yet.
I will do it!
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Posted 05 January 2016 - 09:46 AM

 

Install Dragon Dictate

 

 

 

 

I have Dragon Naturally Speaking.  As you may know, the Dragon products work well if you take the time train them. The ability to dictate into one's cell phone is very handy.


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 11:41 AM

1. Improve fitting skills.

2. Try to speed up construction work.

3. Post more images of finished stuff here (I have a camera again now).

4. Have a go at making a blanket cloth Mackinaw.


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 12:31 PM

1 - make perfect trousers

2 - make db silk pyjamas

3 - maybe find a way to learn some skills with hands-on instruction


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 01:56 PM

1 - make perfect trousers

2 - make db silk pyjamas

3 - maybe find a way to learn some skills with hands-on instruction

 

How would you seek hands-on instruction? Are there tailors you could ask? Private teachers? Classes?


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 01:59 PM

1. Improve fitting skills.

2. Try to speed up construction work.

3. Post more images of finished stuff here (I have a camera again now).

4. Have a go at making a blanket cloth Mackinaw.

 

What kind of camera do you have?  

 

If it's possible to say (I realize that there may be too much variation from camera to camera), are there particular settings that are good for photographing clothing?  

 

Particular lighting set-ups (within the range of an amateur photographer)?

 

Can you use your regular lens for close-up shots of small details like stitching?


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 03:45 PM

I think I need to add saving to take Claire's January 2017 class to my 2016 list!

Tailoring in California in January. Oh yeah...I need to be there!
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Posted 05 January 2016 - 04:09 PM


 

4. Have a go at making a blanket cloth Mackinaw.

 

Love those, very stylish. But where do you find the cloth?


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Posted 05 January 2016 - 04:29 PM

 

How would you seek hands-on instruction? Are there tailors you could ask? Private teachers? Classes?

I would like to ask a tailor, but honestly would not know who to ask. As we all know Tailors are very busy and sometimes like to keep secrets. There is not much tradition of tailoring in my city either.


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Posted 06 January 2016 - 12:09 AM

I think I need to add saving to take Claire's January 2017 class to my 2016 list!
Tailoring in California in January. Oh yeah...I need to be there!


Sounds much warmer than Montreal in December which is where I may be giving a master class this year.......
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Posted 06 January 2016 - 12:43 AM

 

What kind of camera do you have?  

 

If it's possible to say (I realize that there may be too much variation from camera to camera), are there particular settings that are good for photographing clothing?  

 

Particular lighting set-ups (within the range of an amateur photographer)?

 

Can you use your regular lens for close up shots of small details like stitching?

 

 

Photography is all about light:  You can take well composed photographs on any camera, from an expensive DSLR down to a pin-hole camera as long as you have enough light to create a correct exposure.  So as long as you have some decent light you will be okay, my photos on here are taken with a single flash and is why they are a little flat.

 

It all depends on what you want the photographs for?  If you want to make high quality images for publication then you really need a good DSLR, 3 separate lights, and a macro lens.  The macro lens allows you to take very close up pictures, depending on the focal length.  Another option is to buy close-up filters which screw on the end of a lens.  Some automatic cameras will allow you to take macro images but, in the main you will want a DSLR.

 

My main camera is a Canon EOS60D which is a very mid-range camera (here is my flickr page) and has a lovely image quality while not being to heavy. One can also buy small, cheap lighting set-ups from China, averagely priced from a few dollars up.  Lenses differ depending on make, a good independent lanes is Sigam but the manufacturer units are generally better.  You will need something with a wide aperture, something like f/4 or, preferably wider, f/1.8.  Because you are very close to the item you need a lot of light, whether ambient or, artificial; of course this all depends on the type of image you wish to make.

 

Hope that helps you a little, tailleuse.


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Posted 06 January 2016 - 03:06 AM

I was going to suggest asking Tom about this, he's the camera bloke.

 

I have a 20 megapixel compact camera with a macro setting that works quite well for photographing close-up stitching, like buttonholes etc. Like Tom said you just have to get it flooded with light. Daylight photos lit by sunshine seem to always work best, but it's winter here now so it has to be the spot-lamp.


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Posted 06 January 2016 - 03:10 AM

 

4. Have a go at making a blanket cloth Mackinaw.

 

Love those, very stylish. But where do you find the cloth?

 

I think I've found the perfect stuff, though it hasn't got that odd colour change around the bottom half, which you see on old Mackinaws. The broad shawl collar should make a comeback for men's overgaments... (if I don't use the 'c' word, I'm not breaking the forum rules right? :Whistle: )


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Posted 06 January 2016 - 06:05 AM

 

 

Photography is all about light:  You can take well composed photographs on any camera, from an expensive DSLR down to a pin-hole camera as long as you have enough light to create a correct exposure.  So as long as you have some decent light you will be okay, my photos on here are taken with a single flash and is why they are a little flat.

 

It all depends on what you want the photographs for?  If you want to make high quality images for publication then you really need a good DSLR, 3 separate lights, and a macro lens.  The macro lens allows you to take very close up pictures, depending on the focal length.  Another option is to buy close-up filters which screw on the end of a lens.  Some automatic cameras will allow you to take macro images but, in the main you will want a DSLR.

 

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Hope that helps you a little, tailleuse.

 

Thanks a lot.  I have an old, first-generation DSLR that someone gave me.  I always mean to work through the manual, but then have a compelling need to lie down.  I don't mind reading technical material, but there's SO much of it.  An old boyfriend who's a photographer told me a few years ago how I could control the light by taping white paper to cereal boxes and placing them around the subject; I assume that was a primitive, DIY softbox.  There's a library from which I could borrow some umbrellas and other equipment, but I've been busy and would have to research their use.  


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Posted 06 January 2016 - 07:08 PM

 

I think I've found the perfect stuff, though it hasn't got that odd colour change around the bottom half, which you see on old Mackinaws. The broad shawl collar should make a comeback for men's overgaments... (if I don't use the 'c' word, I'm not breaking the forum rules right? :Whistle: )

 

Do You mean this colour change:

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These are made from a hudson bay blankets. these blankets can be ordered today also. I like the white ones with the green/red/black/yellow stripes.

Here are some nice blanket coats jackets: http://vintagehaberd...g/blanket-coat/


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