Keystone Jacket and Dress Cutter – Charles Hecklinger – Part 2a – Drafting

So now to the drafting process. Which is similar to asking your elderly aunt for instructions after she’s been at the Christmas sherry. This blog is late because getting it into a presentable format was a massive pig of a task. Also I’ve decided to split it into two parts. Or more … we shallContinue reading “Keystone Jacket and Dress Cutter – Charles Hecklinger – Part 2a – Drafting”

Keystone Jacket and Dress Cutter – Charles Hecklinger – Part 1 – Measurements. (Or how to interpret a Victorian gentleman vaguely describe female anatomy)

I stumbled onto the Keystone guide, available free as a scan of the original 1895 book as above, through Bernadette Banner’s Lady Sherlock project last year. I bookmarked the page and filed it in my head under “Future Projects”. As lock down continues I have plenty of time to indulge the reading of obscure VictorianContinue reading “Keystone Jacket and Dress Cutter – Charles Hecklinger – Part 1 – Measurements. (Or how to interpret a Victorian gentleman vaguely describe female anatomy)”

The one purchase that supercharged my dress making skills

OK, I have to start with an apology for the clickbait title. However it is true that one purchase made a huge difference to my skills, both making and fitting garments. The boring reality is that there was no magic quick-fix involved. It was exactly the opposite. This purchase made everything slower, allowed me toContinue reading “The one purchase that supercharged my dress making skills”

Rage* Against the Sewing Machine – Why it’s time to abandon your machine.

*In the most polite sense My first sewing machine, and why it’ll be my last. It was my 21st birthday and I knew exactly how I wanted to mark the the momentous milestone. Armed with birthday money from my parents I went to my local sewing machine shop. It was a small independent business noContinue reading “Rage* Against the Sewing Machine – Why it’s time to abandon your machine.”