Thursday, 1 December 2011

What's On My Sewing Table...

... lots of plans, that's what!




Taking a pattern drafting course is dangerous. It opens up so many possibilities, so many different styles of piecing together fabric, it's enough to send you into a crippling panic. In one day we'll wizz through options for closures, collars and cuffs, and I emerge from my class bursting with ideas, wanting to make EVERYTHING, but not being able to make a decision about where to start. There are simply too many options and I end up doing nothing at all!

So my new strategy is to start with one basic design and build on it gradually to produce a series of variations. I started with a fairly simple bodice for my Refashioned Lace Blouse, which I then adapted into the Teal Button Back Blouse by adding a yoke, puffed sleeves and Peter Pan collar. Next I want to add pintucks to the yoke and try a different collar (TBC - ideas?) and longer sleeves, using a chocolate brown polka dot mystery fabric. I'm then going to add gathers under the bodice and lengthen the blouse into a smock dress, using a lovely blue and white Ikat fabric. I'm hoping this smock will make me look like a Toast model warming her hands on a mug of organic coffee as she gazes at the ocean view from her window. In reality it might just make me look like I'm pregnant, but we'll see.

What's on your sewing table?

[Soundtrack: 'Dinosaur Sex' by Emmy the Great]

19 comments:

  1. I'm loving seeing you develop your design! Can I recommend a pintuck foot for your machine? Ive used mine in experiment, and it's such fun! Obviously it might be a bit of a distraction, but it'll open up even more possibilities! I'm dreaming of my pintuck blouse....

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  2. That last line made me snort my tea, isn't that always the case when trying to emulate those catalog ladies! I have to agree that patternmaking is all sorts of dangerous, but fun dangerous! Love that ikat too

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  3. Your drawings are so nice! I need to take a fashion drawing course...

    What about a long, pointed collar? Or a pert standing mandarin collar? I'm kind of obsessed with a Dali-esque take on a Peter Pan right now, it's offest and it looks like it's melting and I looooove it. Maybe I should post that.

    Do you have any old-fashioned drafting books or manuals? I have one that's amazing, it's page after page of examples. The diagrams are a little tough to get used to, but collars are easy enough.... I could photograph them, no problem... Been working a lot with collar shapes lately anyway. :)

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  4. I've just recently been introduced to the Toast catologue so I can totally see where you're heading. I love the ideas!

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  5. Great approach to pattern drafting. I'm loving that ikat fabric.

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  6. I love your plans and the subtle variations between the designs.

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  7. Oh god, this is EXACTLY my problem! There are just so many options out there it's difficult to know where to start...

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  8. These are great designs. It reminds me of my plan to make a bodice block as well. I think all the styles will look good on you. Love the fabric choices.

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  9. I would probably be the same way if I was in a class =-) Right now I am working on a beautiful 50s sundress and jacket combo. I am making the dress black and the jackets in cute fabric patterns.

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  10. I like your strategy but I also know what you mean about so many possibilities! I started work on my first self drafted blouse but decided on a built in neckline (which we haven't covered in class). It's not too difficult but I have had to test it many times.

    See you tomorrow!

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  11. Excited to see what comes out of this! I think this is an excellent way to focus your ideas. Too many options can be paralysing. One question though: will the back buttons on the dress be uncomfortable to sit on?

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  12. I love the idea of developing a pattern one step further with each iteration! So cool!

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  13. I'm loving the results of your pattern drafting! I especially liked the teal blouse, so lovely.

    Currently, I have a purple pencil skirt on the sewing table - I should finish it this weekend with any luck!

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  14. Ooh, I have that ikat fabric - it's so soft and has a lovely drape. I made a Colette Sorbetto top from it - the zigzags are nice and big, so it was pretty easy to match at the seams. I think it's a lovely choice for the smock top you're making!

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  15. Keeping an idea/swatch book is such a good idea. I do the same as you...I read books or blogs and am bursting with ideas, but have a difficult time starting one project.

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  16. thesecretlifeofseams - Good point! I didn't think of that when sketching, I only would have realised when I started placing the buttons - oops! Will make sure I end the button stand at the waist.

    Scruffybadger - a pintuck foot is very tempting but they seem to cost about 16 pounds, which I'm not sure I can justify at the moment! Why oh why are sewing machine feet soooo expensive?!

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  17. I love the shift dress variation--the Ikat fabric is a gorgeous choice for the lines of the dress. Lately I've been drawn to shift dresses and can't wait to see how your's turns out!

    I just unpacked my sewing machine at the new house, so no sewing yet for me! :( I still need to organize things... Although I'm hoping to use some gorgeous 60s chunky lace I found earlier this year to make something for Christmas!

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  18. Tilly - loved your featured on BurdaStyle interview :)!

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  19. hello, we were both voted into best fashion blogs by channel 4, lovely to meet someone else who steps outside the box :)

    http://www.curvyguru.blogspot.com/

    xxx

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