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|No Pattern Used: Single dart skirt sloper (My first real drafted skirt) - Type:Skirts |
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|Posted on:||7/8/13 11:41 AM |
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized |
|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Single dart skirt sloper from the book 'Building Patterns The Architecture of Woman's Clothing'.|
Pattern Sizing: Skirt is drafted to specific measurements.
Were the instructions easy to follow? This is a reprint of the first edition of a pattern drafting text that supposedly has a lot of the errors corrected. There are a few that are uncorrected in the draft of the front of this skirt, but they are really obvious and not hard to figure out in regards to having the letters not match to the step.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I'm actually really excited to have drafted my first skirt from measurements. It was easy and straight forward to do. The book assumes that as you gain weight that you do so rather evenly across the front and back with only slightly more in front and that you mostly get wider instead of deeper, neither of which I think is as true for me as the average person. Also, I'm lopsided so I'm going to need to do a second draft of the sloper having different pattern pieces for each side of my body.
Fabric Used: Cheap quilting cotton that wrinkles easily.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used a high hip of 4 inches and a low hip of 7 1/2 inches, though the suggested is 4 1/2" and 8 1/2". I also curved the front 1/2 inch more than the suggested 1/2 inch. I'm just under 5' 4", but I have a very short torso for my height.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? If you're looking to draft your own clothing and have enough experience sewing to go from an outline of a pattern piece to sewing a garment out of that (like making the facing pieces and adding seam allowances), then I highly recommend the book, though I will state that I'm recommending the book having only read through chapter 2 and have only flipped through the rest of the book.
Conclusion: I'm so very excited to be drafting my own clothing and I plan on working my way through the book. While I have made clothes without patterns before, I'm not sure the techniques I have used are considered drafting. I love that the book gives suggested ease for various parts of the clothing and different dart sizes for different areas and clothing sizes.
Click Here for my blog post on drafting the skirt and my next step.
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