Creating a Basic Fitting Toile & Alterations, Part 2

Introduction I have completed alterations to the bodice of the fitting toile I draped for a Misses Size 8. The time was well spent. A comparison to the first toile and this one will show the value of taking time to ensure a good fit. Assessing the fit Fitting tucks were made vertically in theContinue reading “Creating a Basic Fitting Toile & Alterations, Part 2”

Creating a Basic Fitting Toile & Alterations

Introduction A garment that fits one perfectly is the most important aspect of a garment. Ill fitting clothing is not flattering. No amount of design, jewelry or even color can distract the eye of the beholder. Those who see someone in a garment that does not fit correctly will only notice the flaws in theContinue reading “Creating a Basic Fitting Toile & Alterations”

Draping: Placement & length of bodice and skirt darts

Introduction In my posting Draping: Pin Fitting the First Pattern, I showed photos of the first paper pattern created from the initial drape. I tested the paper pattern on a half-toile and found the dart placement, width and length on bodice and skirt needed correction. This posting presents some important pointers on darts from myContinue reading “Draping: Placement & length of bodice and skirt darts”

Spring!: My recreation of a Vintage Skirt and Blouse

Introduction I purchased an early 1960s blouse by the Tropicana company during the furlough from my job due to COVID-19 this past Spring. The blouse provided a fun challenge to me during those days at home. I decided to renew my skills in draping and recreate as much as possible the blouse. As happens, theContinue reading “Spring!: My recreation of a Vintage Skirt and Blouse”

Draping: Pin fitting the First Pattern

Introduction I use the modern draping system created by Hilda Jaffe and Nurie Relis in their book “Draping for Fashion Design”. It is one of the better books on the subject for me. I am always satisfied with the fit that results from their technique. I also add in some vintage fitting and sewing techniquesContinue reading “Draping: Pin fitting the First Pattern”

How to hem a nylon and lace full slip

The easiest way to hem a full slip is by creating a tuck near the bottom. Even when the result is a deep tuck it will not ruin the look of the slip. The extra weight at the hem makes the slip hang better. My reason for preferring to make a tuck is because myContinue reading “How to hem a nylon and lace full slip”

Hand Worked Buttonholes

Hand worked buttonholes are an acquired talent. They take more practice to become good at. There is a benefit to using them. First it is the mark of a custom made garment. It sets the garment apart from mass produced clothing. There is also more control in the stitching and less risk of stretching orContinue reading “Hand Worked Buttonholes”

The Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress is a must when you need a reliable classic to use for many occasions. I made mine using a fitted bodice with short dolman sleeves. Fit was achieved through vertical darts under the bust and on each side of the back. 1/4″ dolman sleeve shoulder pads were trimmed around the edgesContinue reading “The Little Black Dress”

Office Suite

A perfect outfit for work or a meeting with a client. The pebble crepe blouse has a pussycat bow made from a bias strip of fabric which finishes the neckline. The pencil skirt achieves a good fit through two darts on each side of the front and back. A kick pleat allows greater walking movementContinue reading “Office Suite”

Welcome to Pour Moi!

Pour Moi means for me in French. I chose this name for my new blog because it focuses on the evolution of my personal style…what is flattering, pleasing and best for me. I hope you will join me in this journey and learn some new things to help the development of your own dressmaking skillsContinue reading “Welcome to Pour Moi!”