Wow, I had a first today. I threw away a pattern. It was Vogue 1056, a Tom and Linda Platt pattern, with a front draped detail. I had altered the saddle shoulder seam on the pattern -- I do not have the nice broad shoulders you see on the model, but instead sport narrow, sloped shoulders (so often seen on my body type). I altered the fit through the bust and shortened it to a tunic length with a side drape. After sewing it up in a nasty cheap poly knit (it felt like scratchy cheap nylons), the fit was overall fine, except the drape detail was "off". I think it was badly drafted by Vogue.
There was nothing redeeming about the pattern, so I tossed it into the recycling. Luckily I only spent $4 on the pattern and the fabric was $1 per yard. After using the top to clean the floor, it, too, was tossed. I don't have any photos. I tried to take some but I was home alone and unable to master the complexities. (And I no longer have a dress form.)
The quest for a flattering interlocking draped top continues. (Though, to be honest, it's not a very active quest.)
I had to console myself by "harvesting" the selvedge off a rayon gabardine fabric.
I just love a good selvedge. :)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I am very excited about the upcoming Artistry In Fashion show on Saturday, September 26th. If you live in the Bay Area, you should really make the effort to go. I haven't been in many years, but I religiously attended the first few, back in the day, and I am looking forward to returning this year. It is held at Canada College (a community college with a truly fabulous fashion department) and it benefits the scholarship program for the fashion department.
There will be a designer sale (drool), an open house for the fashion department, food. It was at Canada College that I took classes that completely changed my sewing, 20 years ago. I learned fashion history, tailoring, how to draft patterns, and make wearable art. I bonded with women who appreciated clothing, fabric, and designer details with the same passion as I. It's a truly great program and I recommend it for anyone (in the area) who wants to take their skills to the next level.
If you do come, and you see me, please say hello. :)