Here’s the current state of the cover for Making Trousers; I’ll post the whole thing, back, front and flaps, asap.
The DVD contents is also pretty much set; here’s the TOC:
Bonus Chapter: Keyhole Buttonholes
Cutting Out Tips
Slant Pocket Variations 1
Slant Pocket Variations 2
Slant Pocket Variations 3
Side Pockets: Women’s Experiment
Finishing Front Pockets: Men’s Experiment
Welt Pocket: Men’s Experiment
Button Fly 1
Button Fly 2
Button Fly: Men’s Casual
Shortening Zippers: Men’s Experiment
Zipper Fly: Men’s Experiment
Zipper Fly: Women’s Experiment
Hooks: Men’s Experiment
Eyes: Men’s Experiment
Cut-On Front Bands: Men’s Casual
Cut-On Back Bands: Men’s Casual
Shaped Band 1: Women’s Experiment
Shaped Band 2: Women’s Experiment
Shaping Tabs: Men’s Experiment
Tabbed Bands 1: Men’s Experiment
Tabbed Bands 2: Men’s Experiment
Tabbed Bands 3: Men’s Experiment
Back Bands: Men’s Experiment
Finishing: Men’s Experiment
Sewing On a Button
RTW- & Custom-Garment Galleries
Project (or Author’s)-Garment Galleries
Sources, Further Reading & Extended links
The videos, of course, are the most obviously interesting part, and as you can see, there are a LOT of them; nearly 2 hours worth. They were intended to be simple demos of the book techniques, but turned out more like documentaries of the projects I settled on as sample garments for the book techniques. And since I couldn’t resist trying out variations and new ideas as I made these, the videos turned into more of a sequel than a retelling.
The still-picture galleries were a big help to have available as the book pages developed. Basically, every time a page layout issue made me wish a picture could be shown bigger, or that more pictures could be included without running over the page limits, I would simply remember that I could put whatever images I wanted, as big as possible, on the DVD. So, I was able to include a quite huge collection, over 180 large images, including details of many RTW and custom-made garments that aren’t mentioned at all in the book.
These garment-interior images, which basically come from me rummaging around in my own and other people’s closets and collections, and taking snaps, reveal the vast range of finishing techniques and details designers of generally very expensive garments (plus some interesting every-day stuff, too—my contribution) choose to include in their wares; very instructive, I think, for folks choosing to make their own. I’m planning to post some of these here, with commentary, and will encourage readers to post their own detail images, with questions and comments, of course.
Overall, my hope for this blog is that it can become a forum of sorts, after the book is out, where readers and I can share current projects and techniques, tips and sources, inspirations, links, and whatever else seems fun and useful to folks who like to make great clothes. Before the book arrives, I’ll post preview snippets, teasers and supplemental tidbits, and welcome any and all comments and questions.
Thanks to everyone who bothers to read this; I hope you’ll join me!