Hello dear readers!!
Long time no hear from, I know. Things have been a bit bananas here in CA land. The day job has gotten a bit nuts as of late as my contract is ending in a couple of months! Wrapping up before I leave has consumed a great deal of my time and I’ve honestly been too tired to sew when I get home. Sad, I know, but sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do. I’m feeling a bit more under control now, so a blog post is in order!!
Some time ago I had a couple lovely lady friends over and we made blocks. This is something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time now, and I’m so glad I’ve finally bitten the bullet and just done it. I used this book
The styles are preeeety 70s, but I found the instructions to be simple and easy to understand. We all took eachother’s measurements (a HUGE help!) and drafted our blocks. My friends didn’t have as much success as I did with this book, and instead used Winifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting instead, which I bought a few weeks ago and am still waiting for it to arrive. My block fit pretty well, so I stayed with Donald. I drafted a bodice, skirt and sleeve block
Well, not entirely.
I DID draft the bodice and skirt block, but was having a real shirt time with the sleeve. For some reason it kept twisting an annoyed me much! In a moment of desperation, I compared my drafted arm hole on my bodice block with my Vogue blouse pattern I love so much and found they were nearly identical! HORRAY! So, I just used the sleeve from my Vogue pattern and all was well again in Kat land.
I made up a really really boring dress in muslin and here’s the result!
Notice the lovely Susan Khaljie pin cushion and the dishevelled Sunday morning hair??!! You’re welcome. Oh yeah, and one of the pins got stuck in my underwear…sorry about that too Owies.
Anywho, naturally I was very happy with my muslin and after a few more fitting tweaks I was ready to put her to card. And card I did.
Now, for the designing FUN!
I’ve wanted a shirt dress for like ever and had 3m of wonderful black eyelet…COMBO!
I also had a great vintage Vogue (well, if 90s is vintage) pattern from an op shop for a princess line shirt dress. This was perfect because I wanted to try my hand at changing darts to princess seams.
Since this was my first time drafting on my own, I used the pattern pieces as guides, which really helped me. I would recommend doing this if you’re just getting started with pattern drafting because you do have to draft everything like facings, collars etc. For example, this pattern used self facings, which I never would have thought of but totally makes sense because it’s nicer to have a facing that folds over at the edge, rather than have a seam because this shows if you make View A (which I did…the total button up is a bit to, yeah….).
I did make some changes though. I made the bodice pretty much the same, but made a waist seam and attached a semi circle skirt. I made a short sleeve, but attached the notched cuff from my Colette Jasmine pattern because I thought it was so cute! But that’s the beauty of drafting your own..you can do whatever the heck you want! FREEEEEDOM!!!!
And yay I’ve finished the dress in my fashion fabric. I need to line it now and then add the buttons/button holes. She’s on Lola for now, but will be SURE to post piccies of it on me when I finish. I’m sooooooooooooooo thrilled!
Don’t mind the boobie wrinkles…Lola lost some of her padding! I also added horse hair braid to the hem to make it stand out beautifully! Check out Gertie’s post on how to do this. I totally recommend it, my skirt was really limp and lifeless before I added it.
Well, that’s about all folks…I’m attaching the lining (black cotton lawn) by hand, so that’ll take a bit of time. Hopefully have a nice eye candy post for you next weekend!
Have you ever drafted something from a block? Do you have a block? Tell me about it! I’m always curious about your experiences
Relax and enjoy,