21 January 2014

KLM Jacket Update & Pressing

I've been a bit under the weather lately and had no energy to sew.  Somehow, though, I managed to find some motivation to continue working on my KLM jacket.  Actually, I'm almost done.  I need to re-do the notched collar on the right, sew the lining to the bottom and sleeve hems, and topstitch the front.


I have *not* completely pressed everything because, like I said, I need to rework the right side notched collar among other things.  However, I took this picture anyway to show how much pressing the garment as its sewn is well worth the effort and time.  I spend just as much time at the iron as I do at the sewing machine.  I press every seam - not always immediately after I sew it, though.  I like to sew and press in groups.  For example, I will sew the CB and side back seams at once, then go to the iron and press those seams open or to one side.  Then I'll construct the front, press; shoulders, press; sides, press etc.
 

The close-ups show that more work is needed on the right (left-facing).  But look how much nicer the other side is once it's been properly pressed with the facing rolled to the outside.

Why am I talking about this?  I recently saw a garment that, in my opinion, lacked pressing pretty much everywhere.  This garment would hang so much more nicely and look more polished if just a few minutes were spent with an iron.  I am by no means an expert nor do I strive to be the perfect sewer.  If you knew the shortcuts I took and saw the insides of some of my garments (I'm talking to you Burda knit dress), you would certainly agree!  I just know that there are some things we need to do whilst sewing so as to produce something comparable to RTW at the very least - hopefully even better.

What are your thoughts?  Are you a pressaholic too?  

That's all for now.  Hopefully I'll be back to normal speed in a few days.  Until next time, peace!

L

30 comments:

  1. That is looking lovely. I am a presser according to mood - which is really not a good way to sew.

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    1. Thank you! I mood-sew too (hello shortcuts!) - just not with pressing. This is how I hide my flaws. =)

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  2. I think I do more pressing than sewing, even the patterns get pressed sometimes lol~ love the jacket!
    Helen

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    1. I've slacked on pressing the pattern pieces. If it's really wrinkly, then I'll press them. Otherwise, meh. =)

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  3. This is a great jacket. I know you will get it very close to RTW!

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    1. Thank you Dorothy. It'll be close to ready-to-wear-able. =)

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  4. I feel more and more that "sewing" involves less actual sewing and more of everything else....prepping, ironing, pressing, interfacing, cutting.....
    After Ann became the Pressinatrix on her blog, I started pressing and seeing the difference. It really does make a difference to press!

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    1. That is such a good point. "Sewing" is FAST, it's all the other stuff! :)

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    2. Agreed. Sewing involves so much more than stitching fabric to fabric. Hell, we have a machine do that! Everything else you mentioned is where the all of the work comes in.

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  5. Definitely a pressaholic. Even the little faux pas look better after they have had the **** pressed out of them. Your jacket is coming along very nicely. Love the colour.

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    1. Exactly! This is how I hide my errors too. =)

      Thank you!

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  6. I always press as I go. There is no way around it. It makes the difference between homemade and made-at-home. I even press the seams open on my Barbie clothes! A good iron and pressing can fix a multitude of sewing sins.

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    1. Aww, yes. This is what I was trying to say: pressing can make all the difference in how a garment presents itself and if it it's "homemade" as opposed to "made at home."

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  7. Your jacket is coming along nicely, love the color. Yes, I am a pressmatric... lol. I have acquired several ironing aids to help me along as I sew.

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    1. Thank you. The color is much more muted in person. I got new lights in my sewing room and it's really bright!

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  8. When I first, first started I was avoiding "ironing". Yep. I don't want to iron. Then I realized is different and is mandatory. It's sad how amazed I was at how much better things looked! :) I press like you, in groups. Sew the side seams, press them both. Sew the shoulder seams, press them both, etc, etc.

    I saw a garment too and it put me in a weird place because I am *NOT* a perfectionist and I do *NOT* really criticize others' work but it desperately needed to be pressed. And not just the garment as a whole but the seams. You have to press your seams open. Ahhh.

    Thanks for the jacket help. I'm about to post the God-awful pics. Your KLM jacket is looking RIGHT! Can't wait to see it all finished.

    (that collar is done perfectly!)

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    1. You're welcome! I used to have a terrible time at setting sleeves and dreaded doing it every time. Remember that everything has to be smooth at the stitching line. I repeat this as I sew in the sleeve.

      Thank you!

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  9. I'm a pressaholic! Pressing is a necessary evil, though I personally don't mind pressing. Without a doubt, it makes the difference in the garment's finished look so I'd rather take the time to press than not!

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  10. Put me in the pressaholic camp! Sometimes it cures bad sewing. Over this past weekend my husband and I built a pressing table for my sewing room. The surface size is 5' x2' and I can't tell you how much I love it already. It is a wonderful thing.

    Your jacket looks lovely, that blue is beautiful.

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    1. Oh man, what a nice pressing surface. You can press fabric yardage without it dragging on the floor...and picking up dog hair...or a dog.

      Thank you!

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  11. I think I'm probably one of the few middle-of-the-road pressers; I press as I go. But like you, I press in groups (a few seams at a time). If I ever get into tailoring, maybe I'll invest in some of the pressing tools that everyone raves about and get more into it, but for now, I'm a sewing-a-few-darts/press-the-darts type of presser.

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    1. I have a few pressing tools and use only some of them as needed. Mostly, I use the tailor's ham and sleeve board. I haven't figured out how to use the rest and really haven't needed to learn. =)

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  12. I am totally digging this color and the jacket is coming along nicely!

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    1. Thank you Candice! I have some ideas for coordinating outfits. We'll see how that goes. =)

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  13. If that's what you do when you have no energy, wow. :-)

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    1. LOL. I did a little bit at a time when I had some energy and wasn't feeling nauseous. Thank you!

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  14. Hope you're feeling 100% asap. Your jacket is wonderful, the color is divine too. Yes I'm a big presser, but I do have some guilty secrets:
    1) I do better pressing each seam as I go along. I've been known to press sleeve seams after it has been attached to the coat/jacket because I didn't want to travel to the ironing board right then . Not a very good idea! Would have been a much better pressing job if I had done it before.
    2) I've even been guilty of over pressing - yes me, and believe me it can happen.
    You are almost at the finish line. Love your jacket!

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    1. Oh man, Faye. You're right. We can overpress too! The shiny surfaces are impossible to remove and stand out like sore thumbs.

      Thank you for the well wishes. I hope to be back to 100% soon!

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  15. L...this is looking real good. I love this color too. You are making me want a notched collar jacket like ASAP! Very nice!

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