Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Shoulder pads

Shoulder padding is a fairly controversial subject, but the consensus in the US seems to be "less is more". There is also a misconception that all RTW makes use way too much padding; this is occasionally true- this is a pad from a well-known and loved brand


I prefer something softer and lighter. This is the thickest of the pads that I use in my RTW clothing.


You don't have to go all the way to Naples to get a soft shoulder.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Buttonhole threads


One of the most frequent questions I get is "where can I find the threads you use for buttonholes?". My go-to gimp is Agreman and the silk twist I usually use is R753, both products by Gutermann. It has sometimes been challenging to find it at retail, especially in the U.S., but there is now a new source over here. I haven't used them- the National Sales Manager at Gutermann is a friend and she let me know about them.

Bay Tailor Supply is now stocking these items. If someone orders from them, do let me know how the service is.

Hand Made Buttonholes from Jeffery D on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

IACDE World Convention, Boston

The International Association of Clothing Designers and Executives will hold its annual world convention in Boston on May 9 to May 12 at the Intercontinental Hotel. We will be examining e-retailing and pattern design; there will be two factory tours- one of the JA Apparel factory which produces the Joseph Abboud tailored clothing, as well as the Southwick factory which produces for Brooks Brothers. Also featured will be presentations and workshops by representatives from Hugo Boss, McKinsey & Co., Nyopoly, TrueFit, Human Solutions, MR Magazine, Alvanon, Freudenberg, Lectra, and Chargeurs. More information, including registration forms, can be found here.