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I don’t tend to make official New Years Resolutions but this year I do want to spend more effort in finishing of my garments in order to finally crack that elusive rtw look, which we all know is the antithesis of the “home-made” look. A big part of achieving this is good pressing, something I am pretty good at but I still need a bit of help in the form of some sewing gadgets and I love a good sewing gadget!

The first of these new gadgets was to be a sleeve board. I discovered while making my Gok coat the difficulty of pressing long sleeve seams without one means I am always creating two outer creases that can be hard to remove later on. A rolled up towel will only suffice for so long therefore a sleeve board has been on the menu since then.

Technique Materials

Length of timber, Felt Ironing Board Underlay, Fabric for covering the sleeve board, Elastic or cord to secure the cover, Wood Screws, Handy Husband (or similar) preferably who enjoys power tools (this shouldn’t be a difficult find), Power/detail/palm/mouse sander (or old fashion sand paper and sanding block, see note re: Jigsaw), Drill & drill bits, counter sink bit, Screwdriver

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    Jan 23, 2013, 02.38 AMby kicciripp

    Would it be ok if i use flannel as an alternative to the felt ironing underlay?

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      Jan 23, 2013, 03.43 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      The underlay is very similar to flannel or felt so if you just doubled or tripled it up to get a good soft thickness I think that would be fine! :) Good luck

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    Apr 30, 2012, 07.06 AMby Kelsey Edwards

    Wow these are amazing! (sleeve board and pressing board) It is totally on my to do list.. if I can ever pluck up the courage to attempt it :\ it can be a new project for me and my dad :) nothing like a bit of kiwi ingenuity!! ;)

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    Jan 22, 2012, 03.49 PMby patti-r

    Great Job!!

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    Jan 22, 2012, 10.28 AMby magdamagda

    I will surely check this out- fantastic! I could use one:) That is if i start making clothes again:))

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    Jan 19, 2012, 03.35 PMby MadeByMarzipan

    Impressive!

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