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!