I'm not going to be able to make myself anything for the Air Raid this year. I feel safe saying that considering it's tomorrow! Not to worry, I have plenty to choose from, and I have an outfit already picked out! I'm in a separates mood...
I love working on vintage garments! Oh, the stories they tell. the history you can feel just by touching the fabric. It's such an education, especially if you love sewing.
|This was the only bad mend. The fabric on|
the inside of the cuff does not match.
Using the markings I took when I had my friend try on the suit, I marked both legs and then pressed out the old cuff (after cleaning it, we all know lint gets caught in there). The cuff was 1 3/4" deep. I kept that deepness on the shorter cuff. I was afraid that the taper of the pant leg would not be dramatic enough and I'd get a bit of pucker at the new cuff hight, which I did.
But, I pressed it out stretching the cuff wider ever so slightly and its fairly worked out. If I had more time, and were more meticulous about it, I'd actually take in the side of the leg about 1/4" and then cuff it. But I didn't.
From there, I folded over the cuff, pressed and cut the excess. I know, cutting a vintage garment! There was too much length in the leg not to cut it. With the new length, I plan on adding some bias tape across the raw edge and hand tacking it up. Presto, new cuff!
With that out of the way (sewing them tomorrow), I went to the main alteration, the waist. As I looked over the garment, I could see that the seat had been taken in a good 4 inches! Well, this tall man must of had no ass so I have plenty fabric to work with.
My biggest concern was the bias cut canvas on the inside of the waistband. I thought the tailor who took in the seat cut out the excess and I'd have to replace it with some muslin I have in my stash. Well heck fire, you gotta love classic tailors.
They carefully folded the excess into the waist, and all I had to do was take out the seam and place in my new one. I mean, it was too easy! Too easy!
I did have to take off the back seam belt loop. Looking on the inside it was cool to see that overlocking. I wonder what the machine looked like that did that!
So as I had prepared myself for a real challenging alteration of a vintage garment, I got a standard alteration thanks to a wonderful tailor who saw a suit that would last longer than the life of it's original wearer. Thank you kind sir. I will also do you justice when I alter the suit jacket.
Tune in tomorrow!