Button hole practice is going slow.  The line on the bottom was the first attempt for today.  It doesn’t take a master tailor to see that the first attempt looks better than the second.  There are several reason why.  The first is I need more practice.  Next, the first attempt was over a pressed fold.  Meaning that it is a very neat edge.  The second attempt has much more going on underneath.  The edges are raw and whipstitched and you can see that on the far left of the top edge.  The white cord sticking out is the gimp. Gimp adds strength to the button hole and should be hidden in a finished button hole.

The goal over the next few days will be get the stitches on the top to look neater and more even than the ones on the bottom.  And then to make the Milanese buttonhole.

Button hole practice is going slow. The line on the bottom was the first attempt for today. It doesn’t take a master tailor to see that the first attempt looks better than the second. There are several reason why. The first is I need more practice. Next, the first attempt was over a pressed fold. Meaning that it is a very neat edge. The second attempt has much more going on underneath. The edges are raw and whipstitched and you can see that on the far left of the top edge. The white cord sticking out is the gimp. Gimp adds strength to the button hole and should be hidden in a finished button hole.

The goal over the next few days will be get the stitches on the top to look neater and more even than the ones on the bottom. And then to make the Milanese buttonhole.

It isn’t much to look at but for the last two days I have been practicing a single hand stitch. The goal is to make even, small, and straight stitches. About one stitch every 1/16 of an inch. It is called the back stitch because it takes one step back and three steps forward. It was the stitch that was used much lore often before the sewing machine. In fact, when the stitches are very close together, even touching, it will look like the stitch was sewn by machine.

It isn’t much to look at but for the last two days I have been practicing a single hand stitch. The goal is to make even, small, and straight stitches. About one stitch every 1/16 of an inch. It is called the back stitch because it takes one step back and three steps forward. It was the stitch that was used much lore often before the sewing machine. In fact, when the stitches are very close together, even touching, it will look like the stitch was sewn by machine.

The Beginning

Bespoke tailoring is the meeting of math, art, skill, and accuracy. The accuracy of the initial measurements, art of the paper pattern, and skill in each stitch made by hand combine to make a piece of the highest level.

I think the biggest mistake that can be made when learning an art form is to rush. We want to make the double breasted peak lapel 4x6 double vented checked suit that we saw at Pitti. But the best place to start is with perfect even stitches, beautiful button holes, and the simple patterns with great fit. That is what i will try to do here.

Join me as i learn the skills to make my own wardrobe, and a couple things for friends and colleagues, the right way.