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Classic Tailoring: The Blazer

with Steffani Lincecum
Classic Tailoring: The Blazer
Modern styling meets Old-World tailoring techniques as you sew an heirloom-quality blazer with high-end details that even the most seasoned sewers will swoon over.

Join professional costumer and patternmaker Steffani Lincecum and learn fine sewing techniques to create a superior-quality blazer with hand-stitched details. Padstitch hair canvas and muslin into your garment to reinforce stress points and add sophisticated structure. Assemble your jacket body beautifully with expert tips. Add wigan to hemlines and sleeve cuffs for a crisp look and keep shoulder seams from stretching with twill tape. Demystify turn-of-cloth while shaping your undercollar and construct vented sleeves, bound buttonholes and patch pockets as your jacket comes together. Sew your shoulder pads, lining, lapels and collar before adding edge-stitching that makes your finished garment even more special.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Steffani Lincecum, and learn more about the features of the classic blazer you'll be making.


Lesson 2. Customizing the Pattern

  • Steffani discusses how to reinforce your jacket pattern pieces with muslin or hair canvas, add a vent to the sleeve design and mark your fabric.


Lesson 3. Jacket Fronts

  • A perfect bound buttonhole and a hand-stitched lapel will give your blazer an elegance you will never find in ready-to-wear. Steffani shows you her techniques.


Lesson 4. The Undercollar

  • Learn about roll of cloth and how to prepare the undercollar so the seams won't show. Pad-stitching by hand will give your collar its structure and character.


Lesson 5. Assembling the Body

  • Learn more about interfacing and wigan as you sew together the body pieces and join the shoulders.


Lesson 6. Collar, Sleeves & Pockets

  • The collar is the most important part of the blazer to get right, as any imperfections will be obvious. Steffani shows how to get the smoothest lines, and how to sew the sleeves and add pockets.


Lesson 7. A Time to Fit

  • There's still time to make small fit adjustments as you prepare to finish your jacket. Steffani shows how to tweak the fit and check the seams, shoulders, lapels and hem.


Lesson 8. Assembling the Lining

  • You'll put together the jacket lining and learn how to get smooth shoulders. A little hand-stitching to secure the facing adds a special touch.


Lesson 9. Collar & Lapels

  • Your blazer is nearly finished! Now's the time to attach the collar, linings and facings, and get those lapels looking just right..


Lesson 10. Finishing Touches

  • Steffani walks you through the last few steps to complete your blazer, including tacking the roll line, finishing the lining and buttonholes, adding topstitching and buttons. After a final press, your blazer is ready for you to wear with pride!

Steffani Lincecum brings amazing talent and instruction. I have been sewing for less than a year and can put together most commercial patterns. If you want professional and artistic results over which your friends will swoon, take this class. You will learn TRUE tailoring techniques and lovely hand stitches. It is not the easiest class you will take. But if you follow along and practice the methods, you will bring your sewing WAY UP !
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