Week 5: Finished!

Ugh, I am sick of “make a pretty dress” challenges.  I deviated from my sketch out of boredom and nearly ennui’d myself into sewing a shit pile.  No more zippers ever.  Is that okay?  After this any pretty dress challenge is going to get the sewing equivalent of cold connections.  Here’s my pattern plot for the dress.  I didn’t even thumbnail sketch the changed idea, I just went straight to the pattern, as is my normal way of doing things: So, eye catching and spring.  How’s pink and bright blue? …

Week 4: Pattern/Fitting

The actual form of this dress is very simple.  There’s an over-dress layered over the same shape under, black-brown over red. I waited ages for the other apartments to be done with the dryer so I could do the final rinse and dry of the length of fabric I’d dyed red.  Giving up, I cut out and sewed what will be the over-dress, still undyed.  I was filled with total terror about the fitting, OMiG foreign measurements!  During our break at work I got Amanda in it and marked what…

PRPA Week 3: Plotting/Pattern (and draping)

After a bit of fiddling and staring into space I realised I was going to have to drape to figure out the pattern for Chase’s design.  Total woe.  So let me first throw down my plot for the low brow piece. I went with the wrap dress from my sketches, as it fits better with the fabrics I have at and and I’m thinking it’s a better derivative of the high-end design.  The sash for the waist is going to go around once before tying, for security and waist emphasis.…

Week 2: Drafting

I did my pattern plotting on the commute home, so I had the time to be kind of a nerd about it.  And to plot it entirely out, forget I wanted to do a halter-back-ish-thing, go back and fix it. So, watching video clips of the contestant’s reviews in the workroom, I heard it said that this was a “ten-hour challenge.” I don’t watch the show, remember, so I didn’t know what they meant by there being a “day” to complete a challenge.  I was like, “A calendar day? Twelve…

Week 1 Drafting

I don’t know if it is because I used to be hella into geometry and bio or the years as a theatre tech, but I love diagrams.  Normally when I sew from scratch I don’t begin by sketching the finished product.  That stays in my head and the first thing put to paper are my primary plans for the pattern pieces.  In normal circumstances I label them much more meticulously, but I’m working under time constraints here.  So you’ll have to forgive me. Ah, there is nothing quite like the…