Welcome to Jacket’s Required, hello, I’m Dominic Lacquaniti, designer and tailor.
On this week’s episode of Jackets required TV I’m going to take you behind the scenes at Rocco’s Tailor Shop to educate you on a couple of key steps in creating custom clothes.
One of the very first things we do is to measure each client carefully so that we can create custom pieces that fit like a glove.
Measuring is only a small part of what comes next however. We then take those measurements and create a pattern for your garment. This has to be concise every time.
As a custom clothing designer, I look at the person, the form of that person, and I envision the garment.
Then I delve into how to plan out the pattern for the particular garment I wish to create.
I do things the old-world way and don’t cheat around the hard work by using a computer program like CAD because I think this part of the process is very special. This step adds to the truly custom feel of every piece I create.
Before any sewing can begin, the fabric must be laid out. Then the pattern must be laid out on the fabric. The arrangement of the patterns on the fabric is called the ‘cutting lay’ or ‘marker’. I then use chalk to mark the fabric for precise cutting without harming the fabric.
The cut of your pattern is the architecture of your garment. Think of it as the blueprint an architect would use to build your home. If the blueprints aren’t precise then it’s a complete disaster. It’s the same with the pattern for your clothing.
‘Off the rack’ suits aren’t cut by hand, they’re cut by laser, in large quantities, so they are made for everybody but again fit nobody, at least not perfectly.
Are you a bulk item at a department store or a unique individual? You’re unique of course and so your clothes should be also. So invest the extra effort to be sure your clothing is a good reflection of you.
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Thanks for watching. See you next week. Remember, looking good is between you and your tailor…