Japanese Tailoring?
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About the Japanese Tailoring DVD


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This 2 hour, 40 minute DVD is an excellent resource for every sewer's library. It includes step-by-step instructions for tailoring a jacket or coat using unique techniques from the Japanese ready-to-wear industry.The system combines the fine detailing of traditional tailoring with quick and easy methods of contemporary tailoring to save time and produce quality results. Judy adapted the system for use by professionals and home sewers in constructing men's and women's coats and jackets. Although there are many steps in tailoring a garment, Judy presents the system in a concise and sequential way for maximum comprehension. The intermediate sewer can achieve professional results. The advanced sewer can gain efficiently. All levels can apply these techniques to many other projects. An optional Manual to accompany the DVD is available to make it even easier.

Visit the JSM Tailoring Tools website to purchase the DVD and Manual

What is Japanese Tailoring?

It's a system of unique construction techniques used in the ready-to-wear clothing industry in Japan. This technique combines the fine detailing of traditional tailoring with the speed and ease of contemporary tailoring to produce a quality garment. Judy Barlup has adapted this system for use by professionals and home sewers in constructing men's and women's coats and jackets. Judy learned the method under two Japanese instructors, Starr Hashiguchi, who studied in Japan, and Hisako Nakaya, owner of a company that imports sewing notions from Japan.

Characteristics of the method include:

  • Fusible interfacing replaces hair canvas.
  • Fusible stabilizing tape applied to the roll line replaces and stitched tape.
  • Shape is built into the garment by pressing rather than pad stitching.
  • Seam allowances of the neck edges and the edges of the collar and facings are adjusted on the pattern to save time, increase accuracy, and ensure that the enclosed seams of the collar and lapel are not visible from the "public-side."
  • The seam reverses its direction at the breakpoint.
  • The edges of the collar and facing are flat and sharp.
  • There is no bulk in the notch area where the collar joins the garment.
  • The corners of the collar and lapel turn under and are symmetrical.
  • Accommodates "turn of cloth" for heavy fabric.
  • The ends of the welt pocket are mitered to eliminate bulk and to conceal the seams.
  • An easy sleeve vent allows the sleeve to be lengthened or shortened if necessary.
  • Extra ease is built into the lining.
  • Minimum hand stitching.

 

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