Hello Readers!! Happy Hallow's Eve:)
On Saturday, I finally took the first class in a series of 3 classes of Introduction to Pattern-Making. I'm taking the class at Sew LA from owner, Shaerie.
The first three weeks are really, making a sloper for a skirt. This sloper will function as a flat pattern that will "free me from the confines of commercial patterns." And, will assist with fitting all future garments - Sounds Great!!
I haven't signed up for the bodice part, and now I believe it's sold out! Oh Boo! I may have to wait until next offering or procure private lessons.
Here's what I have learned from the class - I have measured myself completely incorrectly. I measure myself as Waist 33", Hips 38" - when in reality my waist is 30" and hips 40" (I have been eating a bunch of chocolate:)). Also, I've learned my hips are 9" from my waist - the standard measurement in commercial patterns - yeah!
We are using a Butterick 5746 (as shown below) basic skirt and working on our muslins now. As soon as we are done I'll go on a skirt making binge - right now I'm on a dress-making binge (still).
Here's what I have learned about my sewing:
(1) I am rushing literally everything - I need to slow down and take my time.
(2) I really need to pay much more detailed attention to grainlines.
(3) Ok, I do need to make muslins for the majority of my projects. (As a result of my sewing mojo being jump-started by this class, I made a muslin for Vogue 8667, which I will explain in detail on tomorrow's blog!)
(4) I really need to trace sewing lines instead of eyeballing them by hand (especially for high value projects). Yes! It does make a difference (and modifying these lines requires, dare I say it?, MATH!).
(5) Ah, the wonders of the two inch clear ruler. I really need to use my clear flexible ruler in everyday measurements - wow! I've really been missing out.
(6) I'm so glad I took that couture hand sewing class in preparation for this class - it's made hand-basting a breeze!
Summary - Great class so far and this is the first in person class I've taken where it was more than a beginning level garment sewing class. This is an advanced class and everyone has experience garment making - I'm holding my own though - all my self-study, the couture hand-sewing class, and practice has definitely helped. I have quite a bit to learn!