Friday, October 30, 2015

Conclusion (and some outfits)

I realized as I was writing all these posts that I should probably state a few caveats.  I'm not an expert tailor - or even an expert at sewing.  I'm just a lady who really likes to make, and think and read and learn about tailoring.  Over the last year of making blazers I've learned a lot of new techniques and discovered some things that work better for me than the instructions given in my pattern.  I wrote this series to pass on the things I've learned.

So don't take my methods as written in stone.  I feel strongly that in most things, there isn't one right way - there are a variety of ways.  The ways I've presented are the ones that work for me.  Maybe they will work for you too.

That said, I've come to believe that success in tailoring comes down to a few things:
1.  Slow, careful, precise work
2.  A willingness to redo anything that isn't spot on
3.  Pressing
4.  Pressing
5.  Pressing

Get the idea?

I also realized as I was going along that I glossed over some steps.  I wavered in my explanations between putting down every. single. thing. I could think of, and the idea that if you're making a blazer, you already know quite a bit about sewing.  So if I missed anything that you guys think I should have addressed, please let me know.  I've got another blazer planned for next month - hand tailored this time - and I'm planning on photographing the parts that don't overlap with this series. But I can certainly try at that time to add in anything I missed here.

And because posts without pictures are super boring, here are some Polyvore sets I made for my new navy blue blazer - an item I've been wanting in my closet for a long time.  I've already worn it with this outfit and I felt fabulous:

I'm hoping to wear this one soon:

Here's a set I made back in the spring.  That's how long I've been planning this jacket!  I probably won't be able to wear this until next spring now.

And a couple more:

Is anybody else on the Polyvore bandwagon?  It's one of my favorite toys.  I'm not great at making creative sets, but these work for my purposes - they're good reminders of outfits I can make with items in my closet.  I'm one of those people who gets stumped about what to wear when it's time to go out.  I've really loved having a library of outfits to choose from.  It's also fun to look up an item, i.e. "navy blazer," and see how other people would style it.

All right - I think I have finally exhausted myself on the subject of the Navy Blazer!!


  1. Only if I come across an outfit I like that's part of my Pinterest feed. It certainly is handy.

    1. Yes, I don't use it all the time, but when inspiration strikes, it's good to have a place to record an outfit I make in my head!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us. You may not feel like an expert, but I can learn so much from you. I look forward to applying these tutorials in my current jacket project.

    1. Thank you for those very kind words, Kathleen. I think we can all learn a lot from each other, as everyone has a different approach. But I do admit I've spent a lot of time practicing making blazers! So I've gotten fairly good at it :-)

  3. I haven't used polyvore yet, but it looks like fun! Again, thanks for sharing your knowledge on tailoring!

  4. I quite like Polygore, it's like paper dolls for grown ups! You're a talented lady Gail - glad you love your navy blazer!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! Yes - exactly! Paper dolls for grown-ups!


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