I could not be happier than to welcome 3 lovely ladies who are traveling quite a distance to come here to learn some more in depth pattern making! I have quite a couple of weeks planned out for them to maximize their time here. We may even squeeze in a field trip to fabric stores in Toronto :) how cool is that!
Tomorrow we are going to start the day with questions of course, I have been in question withdrawal lately Judith has not been around to keep me on my toes LOL! Then we start the fitting process I have asked the students to bring the patterns and mock ups they made and have shown me on Skype so I can see them up close and give some advice on how to achieve an even better fit, how to read the mock up and transfer the findings to the pattern pieces as well as the master pattern. This is crucial to know what one is looking at to properly translate it to the pattern pieces leading to a perfectly fitting garment. There are many tricks that I will teach them to achieve said perfect fit that can only be understood when seen on the body.
From there we will be starting a princess cut jacket using the findings from the previous mock ups to make a pattern that is as close to perfect as one can make it. There will always be adjustments, albeit minor, especially because the body is never perfectly symmetrical so these adjustments have to be accounted for during the construction process.
If you have questioned your abilities to sew because the finished garment doesn't fit properly I can tell you that it's most likely not your sewing abilities that are questionable, it's the pattern that does not take into account the individual nuances of the body. My students can attest to this statement as being true, once they learned how to address the issues there was no stopping them so this where we are going to start on the first day of class. Keep you posted on the progress!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"