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Fun at the Moulage Workshop By Noelle Mac on 10/19/11 12:39 PM

It was a dark and rainy day…but our second Bodice Moulage Workshop with Kenneth King began bright and early last Friday at the Hampton Inn in Natick, MA. We had a nice group from all over, as far away as Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia. Kenneth didn’t waste any time outlining the process for creating the Moulage, with some wonderful anecdotes from his career as fashion designer thrown in to keep us all entertained.

Everyone got to work taking the detailed measurements necessary for making a muslin designed to fit like a glove. The rest of the day was then spent doing a series of calculations with these measurements in order to make a paper pattern.

We broke for a deli lunch downstairs, and then returned for a very focused and intense afternoon highlighted by Kenneth’s stories and a perfectly timed delivery of candy and snacks.

We had a special guest on Friday…our own Dia!! She arrived with her mom, Deepika, and delighted everyone with her fashion forward jeggings and adorable smile!

That evening, some of us took advantage of the plethora of shopping and dining opportunities available within walking distance, including the fabulous new store Fabric Place Basement.

On Saturday, we reconvened in our conference room, with the sun providing welcome brightness. Kenneth continued to outline the next steps in creating the moulage, working the measurements into a detailed, carefully drafted paper pattern. He spent a lot of time going around the room, working individually with each student to correct measurements, and redraw the drafts.

It is truly amazing to watch how these many calculations and tiny tweaks can make the difference between something which fits perfectly and one which gaps or is too tight.

The patterns were then traced onto the muslin, cut out and then sewn with the zipper at the back. At this point, Kenneth went around the room making additional corrections to the muslins as needed. We stopped around 5pm to walk over to Fabric Place Basement for our own PR reception!

We were all thrilled with the options available here. We don’t have a lot of garment fabric stores available locally, so it was wonderful to have such an enormous selection. The folks at FabricPlace Basement went out of their way to make us feel welcome and even gave us private warehouse access to bolts of fabrics just off the trucks! It was definitely a feeding frenzy!!

We did some giveaways over the weekend of a few Amy Butler patterns and our grand prize went to Dianne Foster, who won a free online class!

About half of the group participated in a fabric stash swap with some really interesting fabrics changing hands. We even had a PR Shop on hand so that members could go home with some of Kenneth’s Books on CD.

On Sunday, we wrapped up the workshop with final tweaks to the Bodice Moulage. Kenneth made adjustments in the darts and seams on each student’s muslin. Some students made a new pattern and muslin, and some made alterations to the muslin they had.

Everyone worked hard to make sure they were satisfied with the fit of the moulage before we broke up and said our goodbyes. The weekend flew by so quickly and I was really impressed with everyone’s ability to draft and sew a custom fit Bodice Moulage! Bravo, all.

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Metoosewsnh said... (10/24/11 4:52 PM) Reply
Thanks for a super article. I'm anxious to get to Fabric Place. I was fortunate to attend Kenneth's Moulage class last November. Looks like you had much bigger tables and lots of great fun learning.
Jennyebner said... (10/20/11 9:13 PM) Reply
WOW what a great time in a terrific location with a fabulous instructor. Learned a lot and am looking forward to participating in another one in the future.
lindak1960now said... (10/20/11 7:19 PM) Reply
Well when I win the lottery, I'll be there in a snap - all the way from Oz!
Laurie Lou said... (10/20/11 12:01 PM) Reply
What a wonderful article and it sounds like you all had a very educational well rounded workshop wht Kenneth King...Ah to meet him some day would be a treat! But to take a class from him, priceless!
threadsquare said... (10/19/11 4:50 PM) Reply
Looks like a fantastic learning experience! I hope there is another of these nearby soon :) Kenneth, come back!

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