Sunday, March 20, 2011

March Meeting: Kay Platts and Tailoring Techniques

Sunday 13 March was a highly anticipated meeting on our 2011 calendar being an all-day workshop with the very talented Kay Platts to guide us through a few tailoring techniques. We were joined by Wendy from Southern Suburbs, Jennie from Joondalup, Penny from Western Suburbs, and Prue from Northern Suburbs.

Here is Genevieve, in a stunning outfit, introducing Kay.

Kay began the day by discussing some key pointers about interfacings and their use.

Kay had a range of interfacings, both iron on and sew in, to show. Her advice: we live in the 21st century and we should be using 21st century items to help us with our tailoring. Our lives are busy and hand tailoring is a thing of the past. Go shopping for interfacing in stores such as Fabulous Fabrics and Spotlight where they stock a variety of interfacing. Buy some, test them out, and always test your intended interfacing on your garment fabric. On a jacket, it is fine to use different interfacings at different parts of the garment, depending upon the look you want. Don't be afraid to cut the interfacing on the roll line and then iron on to the jacket front. This will give the lapel a nice, crisp roll.

Following a 'look and touch' of a wide range of interfacings, Kay launched into demonstrating a bound buttonhole.

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