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|Self Drafted Pattern: 224675-1003 (inspired by Dior) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||7/21/13 3:12 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers |
|Fabric:||Cotton Twill [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Take a pinch of Dior, add practicality and the fact I am never going to have the hour glass figure he based all his dresses on, and sprinkle a touch of wishful thinking. Resulting hopefully in a beautiful dress.
This project is part of my dressmaking course. I have to draft the entire thing from scratch, based entirely on my measurements and hand it in for marking with all the other coursework I have to do.
I must confess, this course has been quite an undertaking, and my energy levels are flagging a bit. But I am determined to try and enjoy as much as possible the process of designing and creating my own pattern. I also hope this will help inspire others like me who are new to the world of drafting.
Me! bust, 34 inches, waist, 30 inches, hips 40 inches. In short, a pear with long legs. Pattern blocks (which the bodice is based on) drafted using Metric pattern drafting techniques from Aldrich. suffice to say, not an easy book for beginners to understand but it has resulted in a fairly good fit.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
My original inspiration is this dress which Dior designed.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Zilch instructions. I have to take my basic close fitting bodice block and tweak it. I've decided to try and use a circle skirt (also self drafted) for the bottom half of the dress, and add inverted box pleats.
The maths for a circle skirt takes a little bit of head scratching, there are lots of nice helpful blogs out there which tell you how to create one based on your waist measurement and preferred skirt length.
I'm very much in the process of learning how to amend my block pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love the shape and the skirt, classic elegant outline and non fussy finishing details.
I'm not going for an evening look, more smart daywear. So I found this wonderfully cheap (under £5 a meter!) union 80% cotton, 20% linen fabric. The warp is one fibre, the weft is another. Never heard of this before, but it should give me the benefits of both types of fibre.
Here's me trying out the draping using a test piece.
Underlined the entire lot in silk organza.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Call it more like pattern drafting alterations. So far added a V neckline front and back. Added 3 inverted box pleats to the front on either side of the front seam.
Still to work out, how to add the waist band (the design photo only shows it on one side of the waist, I forgot to draw it in on the other side).
Also need to work out the collar.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't think I want to make this again. It is pretty unique, cost quite a lot of money, plus I don't think I could justify my wardrobe needing two of this design. But I would certainly recommend the experience to anyone wanting to create a designer copy/variation.
I'll do my best to keep this review updated for those who are interested in following my progress.........
Update 1) I've figured out how to draft the portrait collar and have now added it to the dress. I also tweaked the back neckline by a few mm to get the shape I wanted.
Thank you for those who have offered encouragement! its lovely to receive.
Update 2: waistband added (still needs some drafting tweaking though!)
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Update 3: full sized pattern pieces drafted. They certainly take longer to do than the doll sized versions!
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Next stage, cut out and sew practice toile to check fit.
Update 4: very happy camper, the toile bodice is sewn up, and is looking really good!
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Update 5: skirt now attached to bodice, modification to skirt front (taking out fullness) and test colour dye experiment.
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Update 6: toile FINALLY finished after cutting two additions right front skirt pieces to sort out the grain. New fabric bought and cut, Ready to sew the real thing now! wish me luck.
Photos of finished toile here:
Update 7: 5 pieces left to add! discovered I had to buy some new silk organza as two pieces turned out off grain/not the right size. They must have slipped when pinning despite me being careful. I forgot how tricky silk can be.
Apart from that, its looking really good. I've added some photos for a more detailed view here
Update 7: the end is in sight! after a rather long day spent ripping and resewing seams (long story) we have an almost finished dress. Just need to tidy up the seam finishes, add the mock waist band and hem it all.
href='http://sewwherenext.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/in-the-footsteps-of-the-sewing-frog/'target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>more photos here
Update 8: Its nearly finished! still to hem and give a final press, but otherwise all done.
more photos here
Update 9: it's finished!!! tomorrow this will be handed in to my course tutor with all of my other work and be assessed. Let's hope it gets a good grade. However it's marked, I know I can be really proud of this. Its my first ever drafted from scratch and designed by me creation, and I've done lots of new things along the way.
click here for the photos and more details!
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