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Sherril Miller
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Date: 5/23/06 4:39 PM

I've just finished the beginning and advanced patternmaking classes at my local community college. There are no more patternmaking classes offered so I guess I'm supposed to be proficient at it. I got an A in each class, so now what? I did walk away with a fairly good fitting sloper for torso, skirt, and pants. I guess now the hard work begins and I need to start making patterns and then sewing them up.

It just seems like the class has absorbed so much of my time during the last year that I haven't really done much to apply my knowledge. I feel that I now have the very basics of patternmaking. I would love to take my rudementary knowledge and run with it. I want to design beautiful clothes, but only for me. Maybe after I take tailoring in the fall along with pattern fitting I'll feel like my newfound skills can be useful to others. Then what?

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Date: 5/23/06 5:14 PM

Then you can develop a line of Hot Patterns-Like fashion forward runway knockoffs chosen specifically because they would flatter plus sized women over 30. The instructions will be beautifully worded and thoughtfully illustrated. And you will make a fortune!

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Date: 5/23/06 5:37 PM

Now what? Start sewing!!!

Seriously, the knowledge will keep building as you try new and different patterns. Soon, you'll be creating your own because you can and because you know they'll fit better. You just don't know yet how much you've learned. But it's there, ready to be tapped when the time comes.

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Date: 5/23/06 5:38 PM

Are there runway designs that would flatter plus sized women? I think you should design your own fashion forward plus size women runway visions, and have a separate company to do the knock-offs. (You could, of course, still make the instructions thoughtfully worded and beautifully illustrated).

I think that's called having your cake and eating it too. And plus sized women would build a (tasteful) statue to honor your achievement: making clothes that look great on every figure, not just the runway models.

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Date: 5/23/06 5:56 PM

Hi Sherril, congratulations on finishing the pattern making classes. Now it is time to start sewing and making different patterns from your sloper. Experiment with different designs and try to copy designs you like from pictures to make patterns for your self.There is a hole new world to explore in patternmaking and designing.

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Maybe after I take tailoring in the fall along with pattern fitting I'll feel like my newfound skills can be useful to others. Then what?

You could start making patterns for others like family members who will act for your learning exploration as substitute clients if that is your goal for the future.
Making patterns for another one is different story, you need to learn how to make a pattern for a person not yourself and the learning experience starts again.And following more patternmaking classes which will help you a lot to become a better skilled patternmaker.
The learning part will never stops there will always be more things which you do not know and want to learn. So be prepared but it is fun.

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Date: 5/23/06 8:00 PM

Congratulations! I'm only just getting a taste of pattern drafting (I'm partly through a pants drafting class) and can't wait to start using it. Now you can play around and be creative for a couple of months before getting back into the classes in the fall. Go wild! Maybe we'll see you on Project Runway one of these days.

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Date: 5/23/06 9:38 PM

Way to go!!! I would love to do some classes on pattern making!

I agree, you need to make some groovy plus sized patterns for us!!

I'd buy them!!

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Date: 5/24/06 8:37 AM

Not knowing the extent of your patternmaking class assignments, this may or may not be a stupid suggestion...

Maybe you could put your new skills to practice by picking out some patterns or clothes in magazines that you like and trying to draft the same thing with your slopers. I am guessing once you go down that path you will end up tweaking your "knock-off" and creating your own personal design!
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Date: 5/24/06 1:24 PM

Congratulations Sherril! Make yourself some beautiful clothes. Teach others to make beautiful clothes and enjoy yourself unless you decide to do something else. You strike me as someone who no matter what you decide to do will alway have the heart of a teacher. Whether you know it or not, the skills you have taught me are proving invaluable. I can't thank you enough. Whatever you decide, my wish is that you are happy and enjoy what you do.

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Date: 5/24/06 8:50 PM

I like Tailypo's idea.

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