With all the tutorial suggestions you left back in February, you scared me so badly that it took me several months to recover. Yeah. Seriously, the pile was so big and so deep and so tall that I didn’t know where to dive in. And then a bunch of other stuff happened that I couldn’t tell anybody about since I hadn’t dealt with the first mess. I’ll get there.
Moving on, below is an edited list of the requested tutorial topics. You can each pick 5. Speaking of, some topics I’ve already done so those are hyperlinks. If you don’t think the topic has been covered to your satisfaction, go ahead and include it in your wish list. If there is an asterisk by it, I’m not likely to cover it because I think there is sufficient existing information out there -even if means buying a book or something. My focus has always been to explain what isn’t available elsewhere or what hasn’t been explained as well as I think it could or should have been done. I’m thinking that I may also post a list of the topics I like along with some possible discussion of why I won’t cover some of them.
- Invisible zipper that covers inserting an invisible zipper in a fully lined garment,
- insert a back zipper using a placket and no center back seam
- insert a flat front zipper on pants and trousers (bonus if you can clarify putting on a waistband as well).
- Can you shorten a separating zipper?
- fly-front zippers!
- separating zippers on the front of outerwear, such as a parka,
- how to line a dress (with or without sleeves) that has a lapped zip. :)
- lining a sleeveless dress without back zipper and short unlined flutter sleeves.
- how to line a vent garment.
- trouser linings, in combination with different zippers (fly front, centered).
- anything to do with linings — I’m always confused about when a lining should be larger than the shell (because it goes around the body first) and when it should be smaller (so the shell rolls to the inside). Jackets are fine! I just go to the relevant pages in the book. But transferring that theory to other articles of clothing often leaves me baffled.
- tutorials on fitting
- fitting video with a real model and how you go about fitting a garment in a standard size, What is a good enough fit – and where do you draw the line from making too great corrections for one particular body
- ‘Refine My Line’ tutorials that show how to fix a pattern from a fit sample
- I don’t understand when I should add ease to a shoulder seam
- pants drafting/fittings.
- How to draft and sew a vent
- How to add seam allowance to a pattern.
- drafting a balanced drop shoulder that includes how to modify the bodice and the sleeve cap/width from blocks. Is there a ratio to dropping the shoulder/dropping the armhole/widening the bodice and sleeve that produces a well fitted result?
- *drafting a collar with partial stand.
- drafting, cutting and sewing a western yoke
- convert a purchased pattern into my own custom block for those of us who are just starting out and don’t have our own blocks, including what things we should look out for and adjust.
- how to make changes to the block that already has seam allowances. When I was working with a child’s bodice with seam allowances the shoulder seams matched but when I removed the seam allowance, the did not match. Also truing seems much more difficult with seam allowances
- flat felled seams. As far as I have learned from extensive dissection of shirts and jeans there are two kinds – the edges meet and are enclosed or the edges overlap and are enclosed, the former mostly found at shoulder seams of shirts and the latter at the inseam of jeans. How does one draft a pattern that allows one to match the edges of the pieces at one end of the seam for the first pass and then have everything work out?
- how sleeves are drafted, particularly how to make them roll toward the front of the body and not so much at the side and have good range of motion.
- How to draft a sleeve, or armscye for that matter.
- how to draft a sleeve cap like the one pictured in the Sam’s Club coat, have a hard time visualizing how you’d get that amount of volume without having to gather and ease it somehow.
- anything on sleeves – still hoping for someone to scientifically compare different variants of sleeve cap ease (yuck), and set-in methods on the same basic blouse pattern; testing for assembly time, look, restriction of movement, and if any of that changes with the wearer’s bicep measurement (which would require more than one fit model, and thus possibly more than one test garment, I know.)
- pivot/gusset sleeve
- setting in a sleeve
- tutorials on QC Inspections.
- Fabric testing/standards for clothing (inspired by my Ralph Lauren jeans that continue to have color rub-off )
- best Quality Assurance techniques for inspecting a sewn product upon completion. What to look for, in what order, etc.
- Sewing without pins. Especially when matching plaids or around curves. You’ve said that you see sleeves in with only one pin. Where and why?
- sewing a notched collar.
- setting a collar stand in a shirt/blouse bodice.
- how to do gathers for a girl’s dress — do professionals really stay stitch and pull the strings??
- sewing without pins as in sewing a curve to a straight
- perfect patch pockets
- handling skills. How can anyone know proper handling unless shown by someone else?
- anything relating to shirt collars
- anything relating to skirt waistbands
- anything you have to say about jackets (tailored)
- anything to do with jackets
- anything you have to say about pants.
- anything you have to say about sleeves in jackets
- anything about sleeves and armholes.
- Anything about grading
- how to work with 4 way stretch material
- various jigs and how to make them
- Do you need to do anything special to add leather to woven fabric. Interfacing to both?
- making garments from leather
- notched collar
- how to get very limited quantities of a garment manufactured (anywhere from 5-10 pieces)
- editorial on the people you have encountered over the last 10 years, who made it and why, who did’t and why, and why some people are so eager and after about 8 post we never hear from them again. (No names)
- a virtual tour would be interesting. Either a how to set up your business or look at all these cool machines. Now, I just want to watch videos of different sewing machines. Lol.
- how many tutorials would convert (time and energy-wise) into a new pattern for the etsy store? Greedy me wants to sew something for herself, not the BF.
- the safety features required when manufacturing childrenswear