Tailor’s Hams

Don’t forget! Our Plano ASG meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, September 22nd at 10:00 AM.

We will be making tailor’s hams or dressmaker’s hams or seam rolls. A tailor’s ham is a tightly stuffed pillow used as a curved mold when pressing curved areas of clothing, such as darts, sleeves, cuffs, collars, or waistlines. Pressing on a curved form allows a garment better to fit body contours. To accommodate tapering or garments of different sizes, it has roughly the shape of a ham.

Image from Coletterie.com

Kits will be available for $5. Kits include fabric and sawdust for the ham. We wil get pretty dusty so please don’t wear really nice clothes or dark clothing.

Please bring:

  • Your sewing machine
  • Size 90/14 or larger or a denim needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Hand sewing needles – medium to large size
  • Large plastic cup or a scoop for the sawdust
  • A box or bucket to put the sawdust in. Like a mop┬ábucket.
  • Some kind of wooden spoon or narrow stick to pack it with.

Please email Becky if you plan on coming and would like a kit.

Not able to attend the meeting, but interested in making a tailor’s ham? The blog Tilly and the Buttons and Burdastyle have features about making your own!

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