Things to mark on your finished pattern piece, if not already done, would be grainline, pattern identification (bodice front, skirt back, pocket, etc…) style number (see Vogue reference above), pattern size, and the number of pieces to cut.Read More
The stand pocket is where WILD starts the chapter on pockets. And the directions start out contradictory, saying that “as a rule” stand pockets are found on jacket breasts, but then immediately Mary Brooks Pickens talks about stand pockets on skirts too.Read More
Woohoo! I did it! I made a sleeve pattern! Haven’t made the sleeve yet, but I followed the directions and got something that looks like the picture in the book. Here’s how I did it.Read More
So what else is upcoming? There is the Downton Abbey movie at the end of September, which I’m attending with several friends. In costume of course. There is a planned photo shoot for some good quality, not spur of the moment lifted from video pictures of the Caftan Project garments. There is a tweed ride in October that I MIGHT have time to make jodhpurs for. And spats. Maybe. There is Reno Pop Culture Con in November, and after that the Winter in Wonderland weekend presented locally by High Desert Steam. Coming up after that is the holidays, with several holiday parties. Then 12th Night with the SCA, which we usually vend at.Read More
Stitching up the skirt sloper follows the same directions as for the bodice. Start by cutting out the pattern pieces. Pin them down to your toile fabric. Remember when cutting out that the pieces do NOT include seam allowances, so make sure to trace out seam allowances prior to cutting out the fabric.Read More
I will admit to being a little worried that my pattern only has a passing resemblance to the book image. But, there is only one way to determine how I did: Make up the pattern and see how it fits.Read More
I determined step one in finishing the fitting was fixing the darts so they end at the apex, where the should, rather than up and over, heading toward the shoulders. So I marked the apex of the bust, pulled out the existing darts, and redrew the darts, connecting the legs at the waist to the NEW apex.
I had a plan. To date, the bodice front and bodice back each took about 20 minutes to draw out. So I figured the skirt shouldn’t take much longer. So I pulled some scraps of my pattern paper out and taped them together and started drawing according to instruction. It wasn’t too long before I had help.Read More