When I was in design school working on my custom clothing certificate, I learned that I should think holistically–I shouldn’t just create one garment, I should think in terms of a collection and how they go together. And I understand that rationale. Completely.
But my vision for what I want that collection to become is hampered by my lack of pattern drafting skills. Oh sure, I can create a garment using couture techniques now. But I’m having a heck of a time drafting or adapting patterns for my figure. Give me a Size 8 dress form or my dancer sister and I’m golden. Give me my own figure and I just run into problems. Therefore, I’ve decided that 2013’s primary learning and sewing goals are to
- (Re)learn how to draft patterns and learn how to use the professional-grade pattern drafting software I bought when I was in design school
- Draft basic patterns (slopers) that can then be adapted into something fashionable
- Dress (this is actually the skirt and bodice sloper attached at the waist)
- Source from my fabric stash when feasible
I am fortunate in that my university has a Family and Consumer Sciences program so the library has lots of resources that I can use in this quest to develop my pattern drafting skills. Alas, we’re severely understaffed in my office right now so I won’t be able to take any classes from my F&CS colleagues this year.
My ultimate goal is to be able to create patterns inspired by my vintage pattern collection. Then I can finally make my “Ladies Who Lunch” wardrobe!
What is your sewing-related learning intention for the year?