Part 5 of the Labor of Love Jacket was some tailoring–my first foray into this realm of the sewing world. I did my research and patiently padstitched the lapels one Saturday afternoon while watching the Fighting Irish lose a football game. After all the padstitching, I steamed them along the roll line and let them dry overnight on a damp towel.
I have to say, I’m not really sold on whether the padstitching had any positive effect on the shaping of the lapels. I don’t doubt that the technique works, but I don’t think that it’s useful for such a thin corduroy because it was nearly impossible to keep the stitches invisible from the right side and actually grab enough fabric on the needle. I think more than half of the stitches only made it through the interfacing layer. What did work extremely well was steaming the lapels and letting them rest in place overnight.
Stay tuned for more news about the progress of the Labor of Love Jacket. In the meantime, I’d love to know about any experience you’ve had with tailoring and how it worked out.