“Tailor made” suggest a careful attention to detail and a hint of exclusivity. Evokes images of a garment that is beautifully cut and sewn, without wrinkles.
Clarence Poulin, author of Tailoring Suits The Professional Way thinks that… ‘Just as a carpenter must bear in his mind an idealised image of the house he is about to build, he must acquaint himself with the details of a well-built house; so must the tailor be able to visualise the features of a well constructed garment. It seems like simple knowledge to acquire, yet many persons who earn a living by sewing do not really know what a good garment look like… ‘ The author than continue to mention in detail all the steps one must know as a tailor. You probably know where i’m going with it, don’t you?
Since tailoring is the act of shaping and moulding a piece of textile into a garment; the most important tool in the tailoring process is pressing. Luckly we don’t need to yield super force like in the old days. Now irons and pressing tools have become lighter and more ergonomic without loosing their pressing power. To think irons could be as heavy as 15 kilos and nicknamed “geese”… Geeehhh
Tefal invited me to share my views of their new Access Steam, a portable hand held gadget to generate steam. Instead of focusing on delicate fabrics or how I can spruce it up my husband suits between dry cleaning visits (which the steamer does it beautifully). I found to be a perfect companion on my tailoring adventures. Have you been following my Pea Coat Sew along?
The tank is very easy to fill and will provide 10 minutes of steam. The controls can be locked for continues bursts.
Use your hand steamer to:
- Pre-shrink delicate fabrics
- Stretch the short seam on the upper sleeve
- Control the excess fullness of the back armhole
- Shape waist
- Shrink the sleeve head
- Final press of your garment
Interesting trivia: The term tailor is used to describe a person who creates garments of a particular scale and purpose but did you know the term originated from the middle ages? The word itself is first documented in France in 1179: tailor- meaning to cut, hew or sculpt but in the middle english ‘taillour’ meant a person who made garments, which at the time were mainly men.