From trouser obsessions to fitting bodices...I've found another aspect of drafting to lose my mind over. A little while ago I went on another pattern drafting course at MakePlace led by the very wise Jo - and she created a monster!
Another fab day of measuring fellow classmates ("hi nice to meet you - now let me reach across your boobs") and technical drawing with tea and voila...!
A perfectly fitted bodice with a sleeve! I think this looks a bit like fencing attire (or straight jacket - which may be more appropriate in my case) but DAMN its like having the key to unlock a thousand patterns...mwahahaha.
I loved the course, it was mesmerising seeing how seemingly similar sized people could produce a wide variety of different shaped slopers...there's no wonder RTW doesn't fit most folks. Gotta have an average though I guess!
So off we trotted with our cardboard patterns....then the crazy started again.
We learnt how to manipulate darts so of course I instantly wanted to have a go at making a V-neck and see if it worked.
Then a bit of trial and error drafting and adding the skirt half (using ol' faithful Winifred Aldrich book) so that I could make a sloper for a fitted dress.
|A well pressed bit of muslin|
Once again holding down fabric with anything but normal items - bean cans this time. Could really do with getting some proper weights or something from a DIY shop. Check out these little beauties that Tilly and the Buttons made!
|Photo from Tilly and the Buttons|
Next came the fitting and then eventually a finished prototype!! Now lets see what we can do with this now.....the possibilities are endless.....
|Drawing on myself - bloody love that bit...massively overestimated side bits.|
|Ready for dismantling back into pattern format!|
|Get ready stash you're about to get CUT|
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