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Victorian Tailor

In case you haven’t heard the news, there’s a new guy in town.  Literally.  He’s moved to Seattle from the UK.  Quite exciting actually.  Just how often do you get to meet and work with a cool, hip, “Bespoke Tailor” anyway?

Jason MacLochlainn’s the name and Victorian or Edwardian Tailoring is his special game!

What’s especially newsworthy is that Jason is not only an accomplished Victorian Tailor with a long list of satisfied clientele, but he is also a published author.  Impressed yet?  Should be.

Available both in the U.S. and in the U.K., is the bea-uuuuuu-tiful book called The Victorian Tailor.  It has hit the stands in a big way.  Not limited to interested females who sew, men are buying this book as a “bible” for tailoring and techniques for menswear. 

Yes, you can snag your own affordable copy thru or Borders Books and other sources.  But, if you happen to be in the general area and shoot me an email, we might be able to “hook you up” to get your copy autographed by the author himself.

P.S.  On April 3, 2011, Jason will be teaching a Tailoring 101 Workshop in Seattle.  VERY affordable, lots of one-on-one time, small class of people, located in Seattle.  Hop out to the Somewhere in Time, Unlimited site to see all the details.

Come on.  What you waiting for?

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Duct Tape & The Historical Costume – Huh?

I’d never have believed it had not my secretary sent me an email with exactly that as the idea behind how to fit a bodice for a historical pattern!

Yes, it seems that if you have a roll of duct tape, two tee-shirts, scissors and a friend to help you, you can actually create a custom-fit pattern for the person who will very shortly, be modeling the duct tape. (wink)  The article is very simple to read, some pretty easy advice on how to do it and I think a clever way to over come all the problems of having to have technical sewing prowess about altering patterns.

If you’d like to read the article, here is the link directly to the page in which the technique is described. 

If anyone has done this, lemme know.  I’m curious how well this works out, especially since I happen to be a short-waisted, large-chested woman who ALWAYS has to alter patterns!

In the meantime, have a GREAT week!  It’s sunny today in Seattle, Washington (USA) which is such a blessed relief from all the storming and raining that we’ve experienced for the past 2 weeks.

Happy sewing to you all from Seattle located in the lush and green NW corner of the United States!!  Auntie Rita

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A thread of the conversation…

…with my friend Bobbie revealed that she has now enrolled in design classes at Seattle Central Community College!  Mind you, this is a woman who is very precise in her sewing and costuming skills as it is, and now she is REALLY going to have some “amo” when it comes to creating patterns on the fly!

Checking into the description of the class and assuming I looked up the correct one, I see that not only will the 6-credit course teach pattern development and design, construction techniques and design principles, it also brings the 21st century into play by having the students use computers for technical drawings, story boards, presentations and such.

Okay, so you get the idea that this is really a course intended for the younger generation who wish to create a line of clothing and “Ta-Da!” introduce themselves into the world as “Designers”.  However, I think this is really a wonderful opportunity for costumer Bobbie as well.  Unless you have studied a lot of old costumes, are really talented in the sewing arena or have an awareness of clothing construction, most of us have only had access to our make-believe world via the pattern instructions of Folkwear, McCalls, Butterick, Simplicity, etc.

I’ve been out on the web looking for other historical costumers who might be blogging.  I’d even be interested in folks who have used the Folkwear patterns for the sake of cool events!  As the Activities Coordinator (as of this writing) for Somewhere In Time, Unlimited (we’re a historical costuming group based in Seattle, Washington USA), I personally think it’s wonderful to hear about other people and the events they’ve planned, what costumes were worn, where the event was held and so forth.

Should you be interested in seeing some photos of OUR events, hop on over to our main site: and click on “Past Events” for photos.  If you go to “Upcoming Events” you’ll see the events in the very near future.  Another tab called “Dress Up” (which shows a little dog) will list other opportunities out in our general area which people can participate in but are not formally put-together events by SITU.

Feel free to respond back if you’ve done a design class, got an idea for an event, willing to share back a link to a site with some cool photos.  Thank you for all the positive comments received thus far.  I’ve enjoyed “speaking” with you!

Wishing you a delightful Autumn from Seattle in the lush and green Northwest corner of the U.S.,
Auntie Rita