Author Archives: jay

About jay

I design and draft patterns

Downsizing a Coat

How do you feel about doing alterations?  About as much fun as a wet week-end in Margate? So, round of applause please, for the simple fact that I’m getting to grips with trying to size down a coat. (OK. I … Continue reading

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Zero Gravity

It’s been a while. I’ve sewn stuff of course, but life feels weighted heavily towards Pandemonium and light on Pattern. 3 of the garments sewn below :- This was for one daughter. The bodice had extra length to create a bloused … Continue reading

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Skirt Draft 3

The first full scale version of this pattern is sewn up. Notes on grain follow. The piece on the top right of that photo is the front skirt main section, and the CF is parallel to the selvedge. Its top … Continue reading

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Skirt Draft 2

Still working on the mini toile, I altered the half scale pattern. First the lines drawn, taking the top line across to the side seam. Then a bit wider flare at the side seam, taking it higher on the leg. … Continue reading

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Drafting a Skirt

I’m working on a draft for a skirt. This is the first try (half scale)   You might be able to see what I did. a. Use front and back straight skirt block cut as whole, lengthened to midi with … Continue reading

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Silk Denim

I bought some silk denim mail order from here . I like the jeans pattern I ended up with after the marathon pattern tweaking effort, but wanted a change and after much Pinterest browsing decided to try a wide leg style … Continue reading

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Cowl Top Draft and Nostalgia

I redrafted a pattern for the cowl top that’s become a wardrobe standby. This for a daughter who has lost weight, so the originals no longer fit her. I’ve made many of these and blogged a few times and get … Continue reading

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