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I design and draft patterns

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 hereĀ . 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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Getting the Ducks in a Row

It’s always a judgement call how closely you fit clothes. The jeans in natural denim (last post) are a tad baggy on my legs, in fact I can grab a good 6 cms each side just below the pelvis without … Continue reading

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Jeans Toile from Hell

There’s always one isn’t there? One garment that dedicates itself unrelentingly to showing you up. I’ll draw a veil over most of the seam ripper moments – the times I forgot what seam allowance I’d used on the pattern and … Continue reading

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