New Precision Draping Project: Pencil skirt and blouse with ruffled collar

More practice in Precision Draping.  Half-toile of pattern made from tissue paper drape.  First fitting.  Sleeve made through flat patternmaking.  Ruffled collar made off of the drape through flat patternmaking. Facing and buttonhole extension to be added.  To be paired with a pencil skirt drafted from a pattern created with instructions from the 60s.   Style influences areContinue reading “New Precision Draping Project: Pencil skirt and blouse with ruffled collar”

Spring Vacation 2022: Shopping and Styling Fun

Introduction I’m on vacation from work this week. I decided to stay home and immerse myself in all my beloved hobbies and activities. I have not gone clothes shopping at a bricks-and-mortar location since before Lockdown of Spring 2020. I decided it is about time that changed. There is a lovely boutique on Wood AvenueContinue reading “Spring Vacation 2022: Shopping and Styling Fun”

Draping in tissue paper, part 1

New work in progress…I am taking up the challenge to drape in tissue paper.  During WWII there was rationing of consumer goods including fabrics like cotton and silk.  To conserve resources for the war effort, fashion schools and books about patternmaking taught students how to drape in tissue paper instead of muslin.  The technique was usedContinue reading “Draping in tissue paper, part 1”

The Fashion Croquis: Preliminary Sketches of Ensembles

Introduction The full figure does not always have to be drawn in and developed. When you need to focus on the ensemble itself, you can sketch just the outfit and accessories using the croquis under a sheet of tracing paper. Developing the sense of proportion and harmonizing accessories When you are exploring proportions, acceossories andContinue reading “The Fashion Croquis: Preliminary Sketches of Ensembles”

The Fashion Croquis: Muse and Model, source of inspiration!

Introduction The fashion croquis is meant to represent a stylized version of the dressmaker’s or designer’s muse. The form does not have to be realistic. The purpose is to use a representation that enables the imagination to become inspired. The croquis is a means upon which to bring an idea to life in it’s veryContinue reading “The Fashion Croquis: Muse and Model, source of inspiration!”

Sheath Skirt Half-toile created from pattern drafting instruction sheet circa 1960s

Introduction On 6th January 2022, I posted screen shots of an original 1960s pattern drafting instruction sheet. Since the original is faded, I typed up the instructions along with my comments. The instructions are the simplest flat pattern drafting instructions I’ve used so far. In this posting I evaluation the half-toile created using the measurementsContinue reading “Sheath Skirt Half-toile created from pattern drafting instruction sheet circa 1960s”

How to refine a Denim Sheath Skirt look

Introduction In this posting I share some of the fitting and sewing techniques I used to refine my favorite denim sheath skirt. The skirt is made with a bottom weight 100% cotton denim by Kauffman. The fabric was laundered and dried prior to marking, cutting and sewing. The pattern was developed entirely through draping inContinue reading “How to refine a Denim Sheath Skirt look”

How to draft a Sheath Skirt Sloper

These pattern drafting instructions were given to me by a student who attended the Traphagen School of Design in the 1980s. It was a private design school in New York City. The instructions are very simple when you take the time to read them through before you start drafting your pattern. Make a muslin toContinue reading “How to draft a Sheath Skirt Sloper”

Photos of me wearing the Pat Perkins 1950s dress and my 2021 version

Please note: I forgot to button the second button on the Alice Elizabeth dress when putting it on for the photo. Also my version of the dress was created for a Misses Size 8. I did not alter the pattern or the dress because this is part of my portfolio, not my personal wardrobe. TheContinue reading “Photos of me wearing the Pat Perkins 1950s dress and my 2021 version”

Free Pat Perkins 1950s inspired Repro Dress Pattern

Introduction I am releasing my pattern for the Alice Elizabeth dress into the public domain. You are free to download and size it up or down in a graphics program. You can alter the design. I also give permission to use it privately or commercially. This is a basic pattern that you can use asContinue reading “Free Pat Perkins 1950s inspired Repro Dress Pattern”