Thank you for posting this, Tailleuse. Very nice to read about Ashleigh's efforts in participating in the Golden Shears contest. Having grown up in the midst of the automobile industry in Michigan, I enjoyed reading about her theme, as well as the plus-fours (and more). Love the automotive lining, too! She did a nice job sharing her experience. I hope she keeps at it! Also neat to see the post regarding forum member Rory Duffy.
cperry: So glad you liked it. I believe this is the third year they've had a post about someone who entered the competition. I assume Ashleigh's planning on making tailoring her career. She's an apprentice at a prestigious tailoring establishment that probably has its pick of talented tailoring students. I imagine she's already invested at least a few years learning the basics before even starting there.
Yes, what's our Irish friend up to these days? - havn't heard from him in a while...
Miss his videos!
Rory's videos were great. :-)
Somewhere deep in the professional fora there are drafts for plus 8's, I seem to remember.
I had no idea that the number referred to the inches below the knee. To my American eye, plus 4s conjure up caricatures of wealthy guys in 1930s screwball comedies, but my eye is slowly being retrained. Wikipedia had a link to an article about a hip-hop artist who in 2008 designed a line that included plus 4s and they looked good. I haven't been exposed to much menswear, much less really quality tailoriing, and my taste is fairly conservative. So I like reading posts in which people who are well trained push the style envelope. They've done research, they have really good skills, and they're usually coached by senior people who supply an element of restraint when needed.