Posted in Pattern Drafting, Sewing Projects, Works-in-Progress

Chiffon Shirt Dress

Whilst trawling Pinterest for modest clothing I came across this lovely dress from Diane von Furstenberg.

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Coming to terms with change: New Sloper!

In my last post (what was that? A few hours ago?) I mentioned that some of the measurements for my Fancy Pants were too snug for me as they were taken last year. So I decided it was high time to re-draw my bodice sloper based on a more up-to-date “me”. Instead of going with my sewing school’s regular method of sloper drafting, I attempted to use the drafting method of the Bunka Fashion College. This is a Japanese sewing school and they have an English translation of their entire series of pattern drafting books. Yay! But first, the measurements:

Measurements for a ‘relaxed’ fit. So that I have room for ‘growing’. You know what I mean. Measurement guide from Dorothy Moore’s Pattern Drafting and Dressmaking, published by Western Publishing Company Inc, New York, 1971.

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Fancy Pants: 80% complete

After the last post on lazy sewing I guess the time is right to get back to full-on, draft-it-yourself, patterning from scratch. With the help of a friendly sewing teacher of course!

My last module in my sewing course involves sewing a pair of pants. Here is my pants sloper. Or ‘basic block’, depending on which side of the globe you happen to live in, or which sewing philosophy suits your fancy. Definitely one of the more difficult slopers that I have drawn so far.

Some of the body measurements and drafting instructions are in Malay, my mother tongue. Because that’s how we roll in my sewing class.

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Lazy pants for lazy days

After completing a relatively complex (at my beginner skill level) lace dress project for a friend of mine, I decided that I wanted some to do some easy and quick “me” sewing. Sewing for me, by me, as a break from the world.

I settled on a pair of comfortable pants for lounging around the house, which in my case, means napping and generally being lazy after a crazy day at work. I did not even bother with drawing my own pants pattern, instead I picked one out from a Japanese pattern book.

This is a pattern book for clothing that can be sewn with overlockers and coverstitch.

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Past Works

These are some sewing projects that I have completed over the past year since I started lessons in mid-2013. I have posted the WIP stages of each project before on Facebook, but I’ll here on WordPress i’ll just post a photo montage. Let’s be serious, WIP photos aren’t that pretty, are they?

Qipao top and double flounce skirt. My attempt at modern ethnic wear. Did I succeed or does it look a little off?

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Works-in-Progress: French Dart Jacket

One of the main reasons why I started this blog was to help me keep track of all the sewing projects that I plan to start on, am currently working on, have completed, or have abandoned. We all need to know when to pull the plug on certain projects are just not going to make it.

Of course, it would be wonderful to know what others in the online sewing community think about the project, and hopefully give some feedback on how they can be done better and in the case of abandoned projects, how they can be saved.

Here’s a snippet on what has been lying around on my sewing table recently:

French Dart Jacket – 60% complete

My preliminary drawing.

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