Saturday, March 29, 2014

Custom Sewn Vests, 80+ and Counting.....

I'm delighted to hear so many of you are excited about my upcoming Summer Workshops that I mentioned in my last post!!! We're getting the details together on this end. Although plans aren't finalized just yet I guess I can give you a few more details in advance.They will likely start in June and run through August. They will be 3 day workshops on subjects like Tailoring a Jacket, perfecting the fit of pants, etc---various topics you guys' have been requesting. They'll last all day in order to maximize your learning. I'm getting excited just thinking about it. More details on the way......

In the meantime I've been SUPER busy tailoring for others and teaching a good deal of new and excited students. Here is one of my clients who I make a good bit of clothes for. He especially likes my vests and I've made over 80+ vests for him! I'm really not kidding! This past week alone I made 2 of them. I make vests so often for him that I just created his own custom pattern. It's a vest style that's unique to his taste. He just brings in his fabric and I make them. There's nothing like having a custom wardrobe. Here's my client, Mr. B and some of the vests I've recently made for him.......

Well Mr. B also dropped off some more fabric so I'll be making more vests for him in the upcoming week. Hope you are having success with all of your sewing endeavors!
Sincerely, ~Gentleman Jim

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Sewing Expo's Have Come and Gone......

(My booth at the Atlanta expo)

Hello, Hello, Hello!!!! Oh, I've missed you all SO!!!! Please forgive my lengthy absence. I promise not to go away for so long again. As I mentioned before I had the privilege of teaching at the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo in Atlanta, GA and Lakeland, Florida. These two expo's were on 2 back-to-back weekends so needless to say I've been pretty busy. But I must admit all the preparation, driving and hotel stay was worth it. Mainly because I had the pleasure of meeting many of you!!! When I say there is nothing dearer to my hear then teaching Sewing/Tailoring---I REALLY mean it. And I LOVED the look of excitement on my students faces as I taught them some of my tailoring techniques and sewing shortcuts! There were so many "Ah-Ha" moments!!!!! For me that's what it's all about.

I also had a booth at the event where I was able to showcase some of my work and sell my 2 DVD's & Autobiography (posted on the left side of my blog) and some tailoring supplies. I had the privilege to meet so many people interested in my DVD's, those who already own them and raved about them, and followers of my blog.  It was truly a fun & productive meeting.
(Here's me and Victoria with my lovely blog follower Geannene. She and her son both attended my classes! Victoria accompanied on the Atlanta trip. You can read more about her expo insights at her blog.

With that being said please know that I plan to do many more events like this in the future. the OSQE mainly appealed to quilters but there are some other expo's and conferences that I will attend. And since the request to take classes with me were so overwhelming I plan to host a few Summer Sewing workshops. These will be 3-4 day sewing excursions at my sewing studio where I will work hands on with students all day (9am-5pm). Trust me when you leave you will not only sew better but you will sew faster! I'll be announcing more about that in the next post or so.

Anyhow it's good to be back blogging. I've got lots of new students and work to catch up on. Hope all is going well with you and yours.
~Gentleman Jim

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Upcoming Expo/ Student Highlights

Please, please, please, please forgive my hiatus. I've missed you guys so. I've been busily preparing for next week's Original Sewing and Quilting Expo of which I'll be teaching 4 classes and hosting a booth in the exhibit hall. If you've planning on attending please come by and pay me a visit. I know I'll get a chance to meet those of you who will be taking my classes. For the record, I'll also be teaching in Lakeland, Florida on the following week. So the next 3 weeks will be busy, buys, busy. But I didn't want to make this post about me but rather celebrate the success of one of my students. As I've mentioned to you before, I LOVE to teach what I know and have learned.

Here's the work of one of my student's at a local bridal show exhibit (held at a museum) who's venturing into special occasion decorating. Didn't she just do a phenomenal job. She got alot of interest and perspective clients from this show. Again, for me this is what it's all about. Helping to encourage my students to do and be the best. Hope all is going well you your projects!!! Talk to you soon!!!