Here are a couple of garments that I am presently making which inspired this week’s top tip.
On the left is a modern ‘retro’ Butterick pattern for a charming tea dress. You can see I have created quite ornate hand embroidered motifs on the front yolks; based on a lily.
On the right is a jacket pattern from the 1950’s. It has double darts on the front to emphasise the waist line. I have also added bound buttons to showcase the very splendid mother of pearl centre green buttons I had. I have also created a lining for this garment. I’m making it to go with a skirt I made a few years ago so will now have a bobby dazzler suit to wear!
Use a significantly contrasting coloured thread to create your tailor tacks and gathering stitches. It makes life so much easier as you can both find the marks and also to remove them!