Patternmaking

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Last year I was so inspired by Project Runway that I decided I wanted to learn how to sew. I had huge ambitions of making my own clothes all the time, and heading swiftly to the label of Fashion Designer...-->enter reality check here<--. Sewing is difficult, but nothing can't be learned without practice and time, and that seems to be something I'm lacking of late. The last garment I sewed was last Summer (2010) and it was a skirt...and it did NOT turn out right.  The pattern that I thought I bought in my size...wasn't...I was so sad because I spent forever on that skirt and then it didn't fit :-(. That's when I kind of let slide my sewing ambitions.

Lo and behold, I found out that I wasn't the only person who had issues with finding their size in patterns.  Apparently patterns have become so crazy in their listing of measurements and descriptions that no one knows what their "size" is on those things anymore...-->enter patternmaking<-- Yes I've always wanted to make my own patterns for the purpose of designing my own clothes, but I realize that I'm awhile away from being the next Christian Siriano, but patternmaking also comes in handy for adjusting commercial patterns to your size. You can add/subtract measurements to fit your figure.  So I really wanted to take this class to get back into sewing. Nothing like taking forever to sew a garment and have it not fit...


Friday was our first class.  We basically partnered up with some one in our class and took our true measurements.  We got pretty "personal" with each other for the front to back stride/crotch measurement! ha-ha.  Our instructor was telling us that we need to create a block/grid of our shape, and always define our natural waist. Not where we actually wear our clothes, but our physical waist. I didn't realize mine was so high!


Today was class 2, there are 4 classes all together. Today we brought in a simple pattern that we wanted to adjust to our true measurements that we took last night.  Jackie, told us the best way to do this is to hang the pattern up on the wall so you can visualize it vertically. Then you measure the distances on the pattern to the cut line that you think you want to use and compare them to your measurements.  Of course I had to add additional measurements to the "bodice" for my chest, so it was nice to experiment with actually having to modify a pattern. I added tracing paper to it to add the additional inches.

Our next class isn't until this Friday coming up, and we have to cut out our updated patterns on Muslin material, and hand baste the garment together.  Muslin is a loosely-woven unbleached cotton fabric. 

I will keep you updated on my progress!!


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36 comments

  1. I love Project Runway too. I've been wanted to learn how to sew myself too! But I just don't have the time and the class times don't mix well with my schedule.

    Good luck with your classes, and PLEASE keep us posted! :)

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  2. Shasie--- this is pretty amazing that you are doing this!!! Good for you to get out and learn something new!!!

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  3. Oh,wow...looks difficult!Congratulations for the patience!

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  4. Bon courage :) it looks really difficult, but I'im sure you'll get it!!

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  5. Your class looks so interesting, I have always wanted to learn how to sew as well! :)


    xoxo,
    Addie
    The Cat Hag

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  6. Thanks for the support!! I really need to invest more time in it, or I'm going to loose what I learned! haha

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  7. Thanks Alexis! It's trying at times, because apparently I'm not picking it up as fast as I want to!! And it takes a long time to take all these measurements!! lol

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  8. Thanks Alina! Definitely a lot of patience!! I don't know how people tailor for a living! haha

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  9. Thanks Addie, yea I'm having fun in the class, just wish I was understanding a bit more! teehee

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  10. The class sounds so great!
    Follow each other? :)

    XO,
    Lucija

    withlovelucija.blogspot.com

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  11. NotafashionbloggerJuly 24, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    That' sooo cool! I am not able to put a button on a jacket so I am really admiring you!
    xx
    http://dontcallmefashionblogger.blogspot.com

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  12. Haha this looks super complicated.. I don't think i would ever be capable of doing this..

    All the best, Angel

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  13. I'm having a lot of fun in the class, even though I'm frustrated with it a little bit because it's difficult! haha I will check out your blog when I can! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Teehee, girl time and patience :-)

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  15. Yea I didn't realize it would be difficult to adjust patterns, but it's actually more complicated than people thinK!

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  16. Oh, wow, that sounds like an interesting class! Please do show us your finished work :D
    I can't sew to save my life, but like you, I really want to learn because I've seen so many bloggers sew such fabulous pieces. I can't even make a simple alteration and that's a hassle as it's not worth it to pay someone to do it, but I can't do it myself.

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  17. HerlatenightcravingsJuly 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Go Shasie!! That's awesome! Can't wait to hear more!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  18. Wow coole beans! Are you in school for fashion design?

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  19. Dawn Gibson-ThigpenJuly 24, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    This is awesome...you have really great post.

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  20. Yea it's very interesting, just takes a lot of time and patience...but hopefully the more I do the better I'll get at it :-)

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  21. Hey girlie, nope, I'm not in school for fashion design, but Houston has this adult learning center where you can take classes in hobbies that you are interested in. They offer sewing, photography, drawing, computers, etc... and of course this design and patternmaking class. :-)

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  22. How cool is that! I love that you are taking a class, it would definitely help me! I took sewing classes for years and I am unfortunately not as talented as the years of classes should have made me.

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  23. Now you make me want to take some classes too, seriously!!!

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  24. FashionmakeuplifestyleJuly 25, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    This is way cool girly!!!! Can't wait to see Shasie's creations! :-)


    <3 Marina
    Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

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  25. This class looks like so much fun! I can't wait to take a pattern making class! I look forward to see what you come up with :)

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  26. that sounds like so much fun! I'd love to take a class like this and plan to in the future. I have lotsa designs I want to bring to life! p.s. where can I get the "follow" button that you have after your signature?

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  27. I know right! I don't know why after I took ONE sewing class I thought I'd be able to do all these great things...not! So I have to keep learning :-)

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  28. It's fun, I can't wait to see if it really helps in the final product :-)

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  29. Haha, I like that! Shasie's creations!! Cute!

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  30. Thanks Jane! Yep it's been really helpful so far, painstakingly detailed, but helpful!!

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  31. Yay! You definitely should! That's my future goal to make my own designs too!! I followed the instructions from my favorite Blogger site: Spice up your blog. Here is the link:

    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#label/Spice+Up+Your+Blog/1305d2a98326452c

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