Behind the Tailoring

It was a tailoring class that turned my life around. After serving in the US Army I returned to Central Washington University to pick up a masters and/or another degree to be more employable as a teacher. I talked my way into the Tailoring Class without having taken any of the prerequisites. I was told I had to “cut the mustard” in the first class or I would be asked to withdraw. I knew in the first half hour I wanted my Instructors job! I wanted to teach adults Clothing Construction at a university level.

I was fascinated to learn how to create shape, reduce bulk in seams and define details in this Tailoring class. I was able to apply the fundamentals behind Tailoring to all my sewing.

Mrs. Schactler, now Dr. Schactler, warned us not to use a plaid, corduroy or denim fabric for our first jacket. A wool tweed is easier to tailor. She made a jacket along with us, in plaid, sharing the additional steps she needed to take planning the layout, matching the seams and pockets perfectly.

I learned to pretest my sewing techniques and interfacing applications before constructing a garment.

I was young and thin, unaware of fitting issues. Mrs. Schactler of course made sure our patterns fit.

Because I want to teach on a University Level, I enrolled in Tailoring the following year, completing one with Contemporary Ready-to-Wear construction techniques and one with Traditional Tailoring techniques.

I prefer Contemporary techniques and happily let Kenneth D. King teach The Traditional Tailoring Workshops.

Are you interested in Tailoring? Construct a Blazer or Classic French Jacket with Contemporary Tailoring Techniques in a series of classes on Saturdays in August and September. What do I mean by Contemporary Tailoring Techniques?  We will be using fusible interfacing and Ready-to-Wear construction techniques that will not sacrifice the final look.   

Sat, Aug 24, 2019 at 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Sat, Sep 7, 2019 at 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sat, Sep 21, 2019 at 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sat, Sep 28, 2019 at 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

You may register for each class individually. 

Blazer and Classic French Jacket Pattern Fitting

August 24

9:30-3 pm


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If you have a pattern that has been altered to fit, you may skip this class.

Blazer and Classic French Jacket Construction Series

Saturdays in September


$75 each

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Register for the Entire Series and Save $50

$425 Click Here 

There are many fine patterns available and I am giving a few suggestions that may be purchased locally.

This Simplicity blazer is a unlined pattern that we may make a lining pattern for comes in cup sizes up to DD.–coats/simplicity-sewing-pattern-s8844-missesmiss-petite-unlined-blazer/

Lined blazer with peplum .
Fitted , lined Blazer

9336 Fitted , lined Blazer
Lined French Jacket Vogue 7975

Metro Textiles 40% Sale until July 14

Use Code “July4” and no shipping charges for orders over $200.

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