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Anyone can learn to draft pattern and sew garments it's a very attainable goal to be a tailor. If not a tailor then to sew one's own clothes that fit well, are comfortable and look great! The best part is one feels great when wearing them. Below are some pictures of one master pattern and three different style jackets, two that have been made and one that is in progress. You see once one is comfortable with pattern drafting one does not have to re-invent the wheel each time, get creative make a few changes and presto you have a different jacket with the same great fit that you expect from these patterns.
One does not have to be an artist either and create life-like sketches in colour etc, of course it helps, but it's not a necessity one only needs only to have a vision. The ability to execute the task can be learned all you need is the drive, the will to learn and great things will happen. This is where my students are heading so if you have any reservations about registering for the new Toronto courses let me dispell them for you, it's the best, simplest to understand and most in-depth tailoring program this side of the Atlantic!
I have some pix below that show the master pattern, pattern pieces and the finished products:
It's such a pleasure teaching Andrew, he is like a sponge and absorbs everything! I especially love it when he gives himself homework AFTER I have already given him his assignment LOL (some might say he is a beggar for punishment!) I applaud his enthusiasm, Bravo Andrew!!
Read it and weep :)
Homework is to draft the fleece top on page 84 with Dolman sleeve, collar and front zipper using personal measurements. Trace the pattern pieces, marked and ready to go for next week. Trace the pattern pieces for the top on page 81 complete with facings, cut and sew the top together at the sides and shoulders bringing the facings and some fusi-knit to finish the neckline with a slit, be sure the mark the center slit to the end mark. Re-do a second top for women with a larger bustline incorporating the adjustments we discussed in class and bring in the pattern and a picture of the model wearing the top.
Have a great week!
It has been a while since the last lesson, Folla did a lot of work even though there were issues with the sewing machine but she persevered and got the homework done! Shows dedication on her part, I like that! We sorted out the sewing machine and I showed Folla a few things about the thread tension and stitch length etc making the work much easier, I hope!
For homework re-do pencil using personal measurements. Correct mistakes on previous work as pointed out in class plus check all the other patterns to see if you can find errors. Cut a skirt front and back leaving the pattern pieces on fabric for next class. Learn the lines on the skirt pattern and what they mean for an oral quiz next class.
Have a great two weeks!
Great job Joanne! You accomplished a lot the first class! It is a lot of information to absorb at one time that's why I recommend 2 hour private classes for drafting instead of longer unless there is sewing involved. Anyone who sews can tell you that time just flies by when one starts a sewing project and then it's "I'll do this then stop", "after this I'll stop" before you know it 6 hours have gone by without blinking! Joanne has a good understanding of sewing for a beginner and it looks like she will understand the drafting well.
So Joanne you have no one to blame but yourself for your homework assignment for being so good at what you do :)
Your homework for this week is to draft a pencil skirt using personal measurements, cut and sew a mock up to try on next week. Remember these patterns do not have seam allowances you must chalk them in on the fabric. For the mock ups we generally leave seam allowances only at the vertical seams meaning the side seams and the centre back seam, none at the waist and no hem allowance because we want to see where the finished edge will land on the body. So you do get a bit of a break for the mock up LOL! Next class we will fit the mock up and continue with the A-line and tapered skirt pattern draft taking into account adjustments, if any, seen on the mock up.
Have a great week!
So who likes the cold winter weather and all the snow keeping us indoors for the most part? I don't mind the cold so much as the snow closing down roads, if only it would snow on the grass and tress and leave the roads alone.......
Anyway, I felt that if I am going to go outside in the cold I may as well look good and be warm! I have had some cashmere in my stash for a couple of years and thought it was time to put it to good use, I also bought some heavy black lace and am going to make a red winter coat with some lace appliques :)
The lining is the part I want to share with my readers, it's a Kasha lining and an added layer of Thinsolate for real warmth! I even line the sleeves! I can tell you from experience that when I weat coats made in this manner I feel like I'm wearing a warm blanket and is sooooo cozy no matter what the wind chill might be!
Below are some pictures of how it's put together:
Welcome Joanne a new student who is starting on Wednesday. Hopefully the crazy weather will co-operate and NOT snow or rain!!!! Joanne contacted me before the Holidays and we decided to start in the new year so tomorrow is the day. I'm very excited to be teaching her this wonderful art of pattern drafting!
When we spoke Joanne said she has been thinking about starting the program for FOUR years! It was never the right time or something else had to be done.... well it's never the right time, there will always be something else that needs to be done so she decided to just do it! I think that's the smart thing to do once one commits to something it will get done, the hard part is to take the leap and start after that it becomes routine. A wise woman once told me that if you take the leap, the net will appear. She was absolutely 100% right!!! So thank you Joanne for taking the leap, you will not regret it. See you tomorrow!
Wow Canada turns 150 this year! The best country in the world for me to live! I hope this new year brings only the best out in people all over the world, there is good in everyone let that side prevail.
My wish is to run full classes in Toronto, still looking for students to fill the class starting January 24 at the Fortino's on Highway 27 in Woodbridge. Click here for the link.
If you or anyone you know want to learn how to draft patterns and construct the garments please let them know about the program, I am starting small with one class once a week teaching the bodice then based will expand the program based on interest expressed by the students and/or community in general.
I can teach pretty much any aspect of drafting and sewing with plenty of experience teaching students from all over North America at the Creativ Festival, so if there is anything specific you would like to learn all you have to do is ask and I will make it happen!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"