Friday, January 28, 2011

Shirtmaking Part 2: Why Islander Sewing Systems is the Shirtmaking class to take.

There's more than one way to skin a catfish and there's more than one way to make a shirt. But which way is best?

There are a few resources out there on shirtmaking. Some of them are by people who are self-taught and are sharing their knowledge with others. And then there are those who have been making shirts for years. Which one would you prefer?

Islander Sewing Systems was developed decades ago by the late Margaret Islander. She had the privilege of spending time within a shirtmaking factory and learning all the techniques that the garment workers used to sew shirts for the ready-to-wear market.

Margaret mastered those techniques and then set about adapting them to the home sewing market and teaching them in colleges, at sewing shows and in various locations across the U.S. and in Canada. She wrote books and produced videos. These techniques are known as industrial short cuts for the home sewer under the Islander Sewing Systems registered trademark. 

Margaret's niece, also a custom clothier and fibre artist, Janet Pray, accompanied her aunt on many of those trips and eventually took over the Islander business when Margaret retired.  Janet updated the book and has been producing the only pattern line of shirts using the Islander industrial shortcuts method.  Janet has taught shirtmaking and made countless shirts using techniques from the ready-to-wear garment industry.

Shirtmaking requires precision sewing, otherwise the shirt will have all the hallmarks of a homemade garment and it won't get worn. Shirtmaking Magic! with Janet Pray will change the way you sew shirts and garments forever. She sews a men's shirt along with the class, demonstrating all the techniques as you go. You will learn to sew faster, more acurately and with professional looking results.

To register click here.

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