May 22, 2011

Toiles and tailcoats

We spent the weekend preparing our Country Wives (new) regency tailcoat toiles - it takes time but is worth it. The sense of satisfaction when you get to make that first cut into your wool is so good, though a bit scary after all the effort that has led up to it.
Tracing out the pattern

Cutting out the pieces

Adjust pattern pieces
Adjusting on dummy set to size before catching husband
Now that we've done our toiles we're moving on to the pad stitching. When you pad stitch you sew INTO but not THROUGH the outer layer. Using a fine silk thread you need to keep the stitches small and close together or you will end up with dimples showing on the outside. The stitches should not go all the way through the outer fabric. This video shows the technique perfectly.



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