The body of my 1941 McCall “Misses’ Mannish Jacket” is now lined, using the “old school” method in Kenneth King’s Smart Tailoring DVD set.
No machine work in this segment, and, I know this threatens to get repetitive, but I continue to like the hand stitching. With hand stitching I have the option of making adjustments stitch by stitch, if necessary, to see that the fabrics being joined lie naturally and don’t tug.
Plus, I don’t think machine stitching would have been any faster. If the choice comes down to more speed or more control, I’ll take control. That often means hand stitching.
Of course, I could use more practice, as I’ll be quick to admit. For educational purposes I’m showing you my inelegant finish to the underlap of the vent. I have only myself to blame. As Oprah says, when you know better, you do better. Next time I’ll be more dexterous.
The clumsy result is the reason why I resist cutting into my favorite fabrics when experimenting with techniques and patterns on the first go-round.
Kenneth’s explanations, as always, along with clear and complete closeups and zoom outs, made the work in this segment easy to execute.
There’s just one drawback, though. My project has all the drama of a cozy mystery.
But then I did say I wanted making jackets and coats to become no big deal. If it’s jeopardy I’m after, tailoring might not fill the bill anymore.
I think I can live with that.