This is what I spent a good chunk of yesterday doing:
What do you mean ‘it doesn’t look like much’, that took hours lol.
Those of you that have been around a while may recall a rant I had last year about a pattern drafting course I didn’t get onto. A few weeks later I saw leaflet in Mandors about a course being run at weekends by Robbie, the man behind Second City, however by the time I saw the leaflet, the class was already 2 weeks in. I ended up on his contact list, and through time conflicts, I’ve not managed to make any of the courses he’s been running up until now. This skirt (which co-incidentally is based on the skirt on his web page) has grown from a basic tailored skirt block, size 12, to having the pleats added, it getting graded up to my size, and otherwise sliced and diced to add the slash pockets with the flap detail.
Here’s the toile that I ran up tonight:
There are a few adjustments needed around the slash pocket, and a couple of additional pleats to be added to the front, but otherwise I’m happy with it. I’m hoping to get it finished in this Saturday’s class, then I can move on to doing a top or dress in the remaining classes. I’ll be sure to show you the finished articles whatever I create :o)
I lost you for a bit in the middle but then my dressmaking skill is pretty much non existing 🙂 Hope your skirt works out how you want it!
Ooo I love dressmaking but I tend to skip the pattern making and just start cutting! But then I have been sewing clothes for myself for years so I tend to know what will work. I'd be lost if I had to make anything for someone else!
Oh now I`m jealous! I have a pile of books on how to draft blocks but it`s just too hot! Good luck with the toile!
Sounds like fun! (And hard work!)
Well done on the skirt!! I'd love to be able to make some clothes but I'm just too chicken to try!! I did say that I'd start by making the baby a simple dress this summer. I've got the fabric and the pattern just not the brain power or time to start!!
Cant wait to see your skirt finished and modelled xxxx
I think pattern drafting clothing would make my head hurt and possibly send me over the edge! Well done, you.
That looks like a great start so far! I think I need to get in on making my own clothes…all in good time! =D
Also I've added some new fabrics into my swap shop, as well as a new one via Flickr. If you're interested feel free to check them out =D
Cool skill to be gaining. I might be brave enough to try it for myself one day.
Ooh, I'm impressed! I've not sewn any clothes since I had my fashion & fabric teacher at school fixing my patterns!
What an interesting process. I know next to nothing about making clothing, although I really want to learn.
If I ever blog about wanting to make clothes you'll know Im smoking crack or something (unless it's pyjama pants – I can do those )
I cant wait to see how your skirt turns out. Maybe you could pop over and give me a lesson?
Awesome! The ridiculous number of skills you've got is starting to terrify me ;o)
Sounds like a great course… glad the stars aligned and you were finally able to fit it into your schedule!
Just checked Second City's website, the skirt looks wonderful, can't wait to see your version. Sounds like a great (but scary!) course too.
Great stuff Katy!
I loved doing pattern drafting years ago and was able to make lots of clothes. Now I couldn't do it if my life depended on it as it's so long since I used that skill. It's a great skill to learn, I'm sure you'll love what you can do with it.
I took a pattern drafting course years ago and loved it. I used to sew evey single thing my kids and I wore plus sewied for a few clients but haven't made a single article of clothing in years. I'm thinking I might get back to sewing since it's getting hard to find anything I like ready made. It sounds like your taking to this like a duck to water. Can't wait to see your skirt when it's finished. Enjoy your day. Hugs
Pattern drafting, I'm impressed. You are a multi-talented woman.