Posts by Sunna
The year before last I took part in the Golden Shears. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed doing it. When the opportunity came to work on gaining a Coat making Diploma, I thought it would b... Read More
It’s now four years since I started at Anderson & Sheppard, and my apprenticeship finishes next month. From then on I will be self-employed and on my own – I’ll still be here, at Old... Read More
Last week I talked about the inspiration for my entry in this year’s Golden Shears competition: a three-piece outfit comprising pink moleskin breeches, burgundy woollen waistcoat and grey herrin... Read More
As I wrote in last week's post, I entered the Golden Shears competition this year and had been working on my entry for the past few months. Here are a few details on what inspired me.I decided to make... Read More
Last week was the Golden Shears competition, which pits apprentices and tailoring students around the country against each other. Apparently there were 80 entries, and I got through to the last 24 tha... Read More
In a previous post I talked about the difference between the dry iron I use for most work and the steam iron outside with the vacuum table. I thought it would be interesting to mention more ways the d... Read More
I usually use the dry iron on my bench for pressing the parts of the jacket I’m working on, but occasionally I will use the vacuum table outside (pictured here).A dry iron, as the name implies, ... Read More
When a coat comes down to me to put together, ready for a forward fitting, I need to baste the cloth, canvas and other parts together as well as sew other seams permanently. On the front section of a ... Read More
One of the first things I had to learn was cutting and arranging all the extra parts of the coat that aren’t cut upstairs – the pockets, the lining and the flaps. It’s called fixing ... Read More
I’ve just finished basting a coat for a fitting. The last part was attaching the collar, which is just the backing of canvas and melton at this point. I cut them both out using a cardboard patte... Read More
The first thing you need to learn if you’re going to work as a tailor is how to use the thimble. It goes on your middle finger and pushes through the needle that’s being held in your thumb... Read More
I suppose I’ve been interested in working with my hands my whole life. My mother and father pushed us to be creative when we were children. We had a huge table full of coloured paints, threads, ... Read More
When I get a suit down to put together, one of the first things I have to do is assemble the various parts of the canvas. The canvas that we put in our coats is made up of three different parts: hairc... Read More