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Trouser Series - Overlock
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Devin Caster
Silver Needle
Feb 16, 2021
Ok, that’s what I thought, but wanted to make certain.
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Men’s Bespoke Trouser Making - Belt Loop style
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Devin Caster
Silver Needle
Feb 11, 2021
I am going to echo Jeroen a bit here, but spin in a few other “perspective” points. First, there is always a bit of a knee jerk reaction to try and compare subscribing to this video series with a Netflix subscription cost wise. Having been in the business world for 28 years, and having owned my own company as well, there is a particular principle known as “economies of scale”. The more your revenue base scales in size, the less the overall cost of the overhead to produce becomes as a percentage of revenue. Netflix has in the neighborhood of 200 million subscribers. 200 million. Let that number sink in. Using just the base subscription cost, that is nearly $3 billion dollars in revenue MONTHLY, a staggering $36 billion annually. As the users continue to scale up, the less it costs them to support the total number of users, and they have piles of cash to throw at original programming and the like. So, in the end, one simply cannot compare the subscription cost of Netflix to Rory’s video series (insert Sean Bean meme here). Obviously, as Rory increases his number of subscribers, it will have a similar impact, and we will be able to enjoy the effects in future subscriptions. Of course, WE can all do our part to help Rory increase his subscriber base by spreading the good word about just how awesome Rory is. Next, if you look at alternatives, such as the American Bespoke Academy (just as an example), the tuition for that course is equal to 11.5 years of subscribing to both the coat and trouser series. 11.5 years. Over a decade of access. This is similarly comparable to taking Rory’s one on one online courses. With these video series, if you are applying what you are learning with regular practice and repetition, you should really only need the videos for a short time until the principles are permanently etched into your psyche. And you still have the complete availability of Rory via the forum for questions, clarifications, odd scenarios, etc.. Lastly, my favorite example I used frequently with my own web based company, is this: do some light math on how many times you drop by the local barista for that latte you love. How many times a week do you do that? A month? If I were to hit Starbuck’s 3 times a week, I’d be spending US$48 a month.....on coffee. And there was a time when I did that. Many of us during the last year have turned to food delivery services as a quick and convenient means of getting a meal. I watch my stepdaughter, who works from home, get food delivered at least twice a day, sometimes three. Excluding just the sheer cost of the food, the markups and delivery fees on that service are astronomical. I honestly don’t think she has ever really looked at her total spend on a monthly basis, because it’s easy, and it isn’t at the forefront of her mind. Bottom line on all of this, when you apply perspective, you will quickly realize you are getting a tremendous education at a really low, fair price. Having spent three days a week for the last month with Rory, I can say this much with certainty. Teaching is his passion. Sharing is his passion. And he is exceptional at both. He wants to expand access to something that quite honestly has never been so readily available to so many, in a way and a format that really gets down to the brass tacks. I enthusiastically appreciate his vision, and what he is doing with all of this. And damn, can he be funny 😄. So, before you reflexively balk at the subscription cost on this, take the time to properly compare it to other subscriptions and costs you pay for other things and services, in the appropriate perspective, and balance it against how much you are actually getting out of it. And Rory? Thank you so much for putting all of this together.
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Preparing
In Savile Row Garments making
Devin Caster
Silver Needle
Jan 11, 2021
Ok, I think we are good to go!
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In depth pattern drafting video
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Devin Caster
Silver Needle
Jan 09, 2021
I would certainly like to see a video series for this.
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Preparing
In Savile Row Garments making
Devin Caster
Silver Needle
Jan 07, 2021
Yay! A day early!
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Narrow Lapels
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Devin Caster
Silver Needle
Jan 06, 2021
Thank you, Rory!
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Best place to purchase pattern paper
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Devin Caster
Silver Needle
Jan 05, 2021
Thanks!
Making Acquaintance
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Devin Caster
Silver Needle
Dec 31, 2020
Thank you, Benjamin, I REALLY appreciate it! On the piping, it is very similar to taping on a coat lapel, except reverse so that just the piping itself turns out in the seam between the lapel and facing. So I basted it to the outer edge of the lapel (on the right side of the fabric, close to the piping, on the tape. Then when the facing is stitched to the lapel, and you turn it out, the piping should be on the outside of the seam. I then top stitched just behind the piping (hand stitched soft hand) to keep the edge crisp. As for patterns, I essentially drafted it as a suit coat, and extended the length (with minor outward flare) to the customers requested length (I prefer them a bit longer, he wanted it a little shorter, roughly behind his knee). I wanted it to have a more tailored fit/look like a coat, so it looks a bit more formal than just a shapeless robe. I do have some photos of the construction process, need to grab them from another app so I can post them here. Honestly, the most time consuming part is quilting the silk for the facing/cuffs/pocket tops. It is mundane, and at least for me I found it best to do each half of the facing separately (prior to cutting out the pattern) because the more “green” you have to cover (as I like to phrase it), the easier it become for the lines to begin curving, silk to start bunching, etc. The quilting is done with silk topping, linen bottom, with batting in between so the quilting can have dimension to it. Outside of that, it is essentially the coat construction method minus the padding. It is fully lined. I’ll get the other photos dug up and added. And again, thank you for the compliment. Means a lot.
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