For Aspiring Tailors
There is so little by way of educational material available to the aspiring tailor, and my feelings on this are mixed. I really do think it’s a craft that is best learnt at the hands of an experienced teacher so the few books available should be used as guides for someone undergoing an apprenticeship and not for those who wish to teach themselves. That said, not everyone has access to an experienced tailor and I suppose they have no choice but to turn to the scant material available so the latest arrival to the self-tutelage sphere will be welcome to many.
Andrew Ramroop, of the justly famous Maurice Sedwell of Savile Row, has teamed up with Mastered.com to produce an online, self-guided course in tailoring. Video lessons and some very handsome photography are provided along with supporting print material. In a smart move, Mr. Ramroop shows a technique, then his assistant does it. This gives the viewer the benefit of seeing an experienced master do, and then seeing some of the mistakes that he or she is likely to make and the corrections as suggested by the teacher. Of course, not every possible misstep is covered, but students are encouraged to upload photos or other evidence of their work for evaluation by Mr. Ramroop. Certainly not failsafe but better than a book alone.
Coincidentally, I was recently talking to the owner of a custom clothiers shop in NYC last week, and he told me that he’s thinking about shutting down the tailoring side of his business next year (after being in business for about 50 years) because he can’t find people who can make clothes as good as he needs. His current head tailor is 85 years old and won’t be around forever, but finding a replacement has been tough. I hear this a lot from custom clothing shops, although some — such as Rubinacci — seem to be able to attract talent without any issue.
Not sure if Ramroop’s program is good enough to land you a job somewhere, but it’s nice to see such a training program pop up for people who are passionate about this craft.
Michele Carragher, the head embroider on Game of Thrones, made this awesome tutorial to show how she created the dragonscale fabric that appears on several of Daenarys’ costumes in S3 and S4.
Ms. Carragher says that the dragonscale fabric was created because “In season 3 the Costume Designer Michele Clapton wanted a Dragonscale like textured embroidery that starts to emerge on three of Daenery’s costumes, which becomes heavier and more pronounced, growing and evolving as the season progresses” (Carragher).
In stages 9-11 of the tutorial we see how the textile evolves from lightly to heavily embellished. This progression is meant to illustrate Daenarys’ personal growth and the growth of her dragons (source).
Don’t care about Game of Thrones but that shit is cool
So we’re supposed to read a bunch of Shakespearean sonnets for class tomorrow and I just read Sonnet 20. Blew my mind. I just, is Shakespeare saying what I think he’s saying? Okay so the sonnet goes like this:
A woman’s face with Nature’s own hand painted
Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion;
A woman’s gentle heart, but not acquainted
With shifting change, as is false women’s fashion;
An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling,
Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth;
A man in hue, all hues in his controlling,
Much steals men’s eyes and women’s souls amazeth.
And for a woman wert thou first created;
Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting,
And by addition me of thee defeated,
By adding one thing to my purpose nothing.
But since she prick’d thee out for women’s pleasure,
Mine be thy love and thy love’s use their treasure.
So I’m freaking out, and I just have to look it up to be sure. And sure enough, There’s a huge section arguing about Shakespeare being
omg i am laughing so hard at the Miss Universe costume category
you got poland lookin nice
Namibia workin it
Costa Rica goin big, what did you expect
Haiti fuckin rockin it
Great Britain got damn
Switzerland hell yeah
we had to be a fucking transformer
is this real life
reblogging this again just to add
canada HAD TO BE a fuckign mountie are you kidding me
but did you guys see this:
So I just saw a gif of Cinderella, her stepsisters and her stepmother, and something occurred to me. It’s supposedly set in the late 17th century. And with some license because it’s an animated movie, I would say that you could argue nearly everyone dresses like it’s the 17th century. Except the stepmother looks like she’s from the late 19th/early 20th century? I mean look at her gibson girl hair, mutton sleeves, silhouette and jewelry. Am I completely off or is it weird that she wears dresses that shouldn’t go into fashion for another 200 years?
This is one of the best articles I’ve ever seen on the subject. My sleeves aren’t terrible, but they’re pretty mediocre. It’s really lovely seeing a lot of little things explained. I love my drafting book, but this was honestly so much more helpful. Anyone having trouble should really check this out!
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AND DID I MENTION THIS PART:
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AND WHY IS THAT SUCH A BIG DEAL? HERE’S WHY:
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THE SIZES RUN FROM XS TO XXL AND THE PRICES ARE NOT INSANE, THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY HIGHER THAN THOSE 5 FOR $10 SALES AT TARGET BUT YOU WON’T HAVE TO THROW THEM OUT BECAUSE YOU MISCALCULATED YOUR FLOW AND BLED ALL OVER THEM BEFORE YOU COULD GET TO A BATHROOM
I’M SORRY FOR SHOUTING I’M JUST REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS
LIKE HOLY FUCKBASKET IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME
OMG! I’m so sold on this. The only thing is that I went to buy one, and they’re sold out of my size. Must endeavor to remember!
Asked by Anonymous
personally i think it would be better as a vigilante force. then we could have cool super hero outfits. :P
I may have gotten carried away when I heard this and done a quick sketch. Sorry about the terrible picture quality, my camera is broken and I had to use my computer’s web cam. If it’s not clear, the cape is purple and those are white gogo boots. Maybe I should add a sidekick pigeon on one of the shoulders. :P I also want to clarify that this is my unisex design. *wink wink* I’ll appreciate the eye-candy. Who doesn’t want to see hot bi people (from which ever genders to which you are so inclined) in high-heeled boots and leotards (and did I mention the capes)? Now that I think about it, can everybody just start wearing these from now on?