It's important to be careful what you wish for - I wanted some projects that would stretch my skills, slow me down and force me to focus on quality construction. My jacket fronts (that's right - just the fronts), have taken me weeks to finish. The hair canvas is pad-stitched to the lapel, basted around the edges, then the roll line is taped, as is the front edge. Other pieces, which I haven't gotten to yet, are reinforced with muslin.
The class also has you do a bound buttonhole. I promise I did a sample, but something went wrong and I ended up having to do what I call a "faux" bound buttonhole - although Gail Yellen in 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know refers to what I did as the actual bound buttonhole method. I'm not convinced, but I fixed the issue of my wool being too dense to fold the lips.
What have I learned so far? A TON!
- Hand stitching can be uniquely therapeutic and relaxing.
- Hand stitching is neither complicated nor difficult.
- Very fine pins hurt when they stick you.
- Using a beloved fabric forces you to concentrate (shouldn't we always?!)
- Always use a press cloth.
- RTW is just terrible compared to these techniques.
- I can only work for about an hour on this fine detail work before needing a break and a fast project.
- I am 100% a visual learner.
Pattern: McCall's 6172
Fabric: seafoam wool flannel from Fabric Mart Fabrics
Needles: Thomas Sharps & Betweens
Thread: Gutermann Mara 100 from Wawak.com
Notions: hair canvas, 1/4" cotton twill tape, thread, basting thread, extra fine glasshead pins, tailors ham/seam roll/tailor's board, cotton muslin