Monday, November 22, 2010

I am Thankful

So I haven't posted in a while, but I swear that I've been busy.

I've started in on getting my Pattern making Industry Certification from Apparel Arts School of Pattern making and Design in San Francisco. It's been a really wonderful experience so far! I am currently in a one-day-per-week pattern drafting class. It's at your own pace, and by completion I'll have learned how to draft zillions of variations on skirts, moulage (torso), darts, lines, necklines, armholes, collars, sleeves, pockets, & pants. That's pretty much the whole shebang. With that arsenal, one could create a pattern for just about anything!

If you're interested in Pattern Drafting and would like to learn, I highly recommend Building Patterns, The Architecture of Women's Clothing. It's definitely a text book, but if you follow it chapter by chapter you'll get a comprehensive explanation and tutorial of all aspects of women's wear, and most of which is applicable to men. Very Nice!

I've also recently completed a construction class, where we went through 8 weeks of construction techniques! Fly front zippers? No problem! Felled, French, and Hong Kong seams? Got it! I'm thinking about posting some tutorials soon!

I've been working on a corset that coordinates with my houndstooth wing fascinator for a photoshoot. Finally, it's about done!

This lady has a lot of hand sewing hours put into her.
The Bias binding is hand sewn throughout the entire hem, and spiral steel boning gives a comfortable support.

Note that this will be worn with a Chemise, so there won't be as much chest exposed!

I think it's turned out beautfully and I hope to offer them custom in my Etsy store.

Happy Fall! I'm going home for the Holidays and will be welcomed by snow! And I thought it was cold here!