I get a ton of questions about the best resources for tailoring supplies, so here are some of my best go to resources for all things tailoring.
These are the shoulder pads I always use in jacket and coat tailoring and they come in 2 sizes, 3/4" and 1" I get the 3/4" for women's styles and the 1" for men's as a general rule, but depending on the project you may want the other. It's a case by case thing. As I point out in my classes, they look a lot fluffier when you get them than you think they need to be but they compress a lot when you put them in. They are sold in pairs. If you think you might like this tailoring thing get several pairs at once and then you just have them around if you want to whip something up or if you're needing to refresh something old, or ad an extra pad to someone that's a little asymmetrical. These are just great to have on hand. You can buy them at SEW TRUE HERE
These are the sleeve heads I always use in jacket and coat tailoring. As with the shoulder pads, they look a lot fluffier when you get them than you think they need to be but they compress a lot when you put them in. They're sold in pairs, and again, these are also just great to have on hand. You can buy them at SEW TRUE HERE
Here's the sew in canvas I use in my Jacket tailoring classes. It can be found at many online and brick and mortar retailers, as it's the most common old school tailoring supply. I'm just giving you the link for SEW TRUE to keep it all tidy and you can pretty much order most all of these supplies from them or B. Black and Sons.
It also comes in a fusible version which is very useful and I've had terrific luck with it staying fused and it shapes just the same as the sew-in, but you don't have to do all that pad stitching. Here's the link to the SEW TRUE page where you can buy it.
This thread is tha bomb. It's very stiff so it doesn't tangle easily, it's all cotton so it breaks easily and it's just the best thing for doing a lot of basting. You see this in tailor's shops everywhere. It's the real deal. The old school tailors don't use a lot of pins, they mark with chalk and baste with this, so they always have a needle loaded up with this at all times. I can't say enough how great this is. Get one, they last forever. You can buy it from B. Black and Sons Here
And speaking of chalk, this is all I ever use. It's the most often used among all the tailors I've ever worked with. It has a nice sharp edge and it disappears when you iron it, really disappears. If you ever use it and find that it doesn't disappear on a fabric, you just scrape the line lightly with your fingernail and it does. If I was a little more photo shop oriented I'd draw some radiating beams of sunlight around this box of chalk in the photo. Buy a box and you will have some left over for your grandkids. They make a sharpening gadget as well, but old school tailors just sharpen them with a razor blade. You can get these at B. Black and Son here.
To be continued...