12 June 2012

What's On My Sewing Table


The very unglamorous beginnings of a new pattern design, drafted by moi. It's going to be a button-down blouse with a one piece front-and-back yoke, gathering, pussy bow collar and floaty sleeves. Or that's the initial idea, but just like the button-back blouse I drafted it'll probably mutate over time as I make a series of iterations, each of them slightly different.

The finished blouse will be made in chocolate brown polka dots - this yellow cotton is just for the toile. The first toile looks like such a mess, hastily basted together, but it's important to not be precious about it as it's just the very first test version. When flat pattern cutting, I often get sucked into perfecting the paper version, but until you see what it looks like in fabric on the stand you can't really tell how you're going to want to change it. And now that's in on the stand I feel like the shape needs some radical changes. So it's a slow process... but hopefully worth it in the end!

[Soundtrack: 'Ooh, Yeh Yeh' by Graham Coxon]

29 comments:

  1. TIENE BUENA PINTA , ASÍ QUE VEREMOS UN BUEN RESULTADO

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  2. How lovely this blouse looks! I've been following your blog for a little while now and admiring your style and talent! I've just decided to take the plunge and start my own sewing blog (more trial and error blog!) to document my own little journeys in sewing and knitting. Yesterday I was given two books on pattern drafting as well so I think it was meant to be! Anyway just a little message to send admiration across the web! Rachel :)

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    1. Aw... thanks Rachel, you're too kind :)

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  3. Oh I'm sure it'll be worth it in the end, it always is Tilly! You make such beautiful things!

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  4. I love it you're bringing so many of my favourite details into one garment. I will think of as the La detallita (spanish for little details) blouse :)

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  5. It's lovely to see what you're making and how you start it. I love the colour and the pussy bow, super cute! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I am uber impressed that you can draft your own patterns - how did you learn to do that?!?!?

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    1. I've been on two courses at the London College of Fashion. Hard word and a lot of money... but it really appeals to me.

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  7. You had me at pussy bow! love the color choice, so warm =-) (I suggest removing comment verifications btw)

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    1. I had to put comment verifications back when I changed to this tiered system of comments - I thought it was more important to be able to reply to individual comments. But I'm going to look into alternative ways of doing it.

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  8. Ooh can't wait to see your progress Tilly, good luck! Chocolate brown polka dots always remind me of Pretty Woman :-)

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    1. Me too! The racecourse scene. As a child I loved that film, but then I became a feminist :)

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  9. Can't wait to see it finished - looks like it's going to be lovely!

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  10. Can't wait to see how you iterate.....I love the style of the original sketch and I love the yellow that you're using for your toile! x

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  11. That will be really lovely! I suppose you could really wear your toile also. Just add some little trim? I'm inspired to finally fix up my brown/white dot blouse that has serious shoulder issues.

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    1. It's tempting... although I think this is just the first of many toiles as I perfect the style and proportions, so I'm not going to spend much time on neat sewing!

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  12. This sounds great. I'm just planning a tie front blouse that I can wear for work in the autumn (won't get it made before then)

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  13. It's so great that you are pattern drafting! I actually learned it in school but rarely put my skills to use, it is not my favorite thing to do. I have a feeling if I made myself do it a few times it would be very rewarding!

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  14. A slow process indeed but so worth it! Look forward to seeing it done.

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  15. Love it! It's going to be so sweet!

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  16. Love pussy bow blouses. The colour is absolutely great. Cant wait to see it finished.

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  17. what a cute and wearable design. I love! And I can't wait to see it in that polka dotted cotton!

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  18. I love the gathers at the front yoke. So lovely. I can't wait to see the finished blouse.

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  19. I love yokes - can't wait until this is finished... however long it takes!

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  20. This is a beautiful blouse! I'd love one myself. Can't wait to see the finished item.

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  21. hello Tilly
    excuse me please,I'm frenchi speek not english very little little . I'like red-back blouse ,can Iask you something, i'd like pattern ,possible ??
    what's the price , could you get price , do you take creditcards Ibeggin but 'm 60years THANH
    my name Marie-Laure
    my mail:galichet.jean-vincent@neuf.fr

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