Probably 2 years ago I took and introduction to pattern making and an in depth class on draping. I was SO OUT OF MY ELEMENT, but somehow I knew I would need these skills soon.
For the last couple of days I have been avoiding the dress form.
I've been setting goals: a good thing.
I've been doing research : a good thing.
I've written thank you notes: a good thing.
But, really, I have been terrified and procrastinating to cover it. I've been looking at patterns and notes from today, yesterday, 2 years ago. My head was spinning. So, I decided to proceed as a sculptor.
I knew I wanted bias flow to widen the skirt. I had figured out that a straight grain on the bust and tummy was probably a good thing for my body. SO, I draped on grain in reference to the princess lines on the form. I inserted 2 darts, winged it drawing the armhole scyes. Then I cut LARGE squares and draped the side holes on the bias.
The back of the dress is too flat. But then, I am flat in back.
The next task will be to mock up a petticoat. That will tell me how I need to adjust the pattern.
By the way...I used a charcoal pencil to mark things! The marking pens had dried up and I hate my current batch of tailors chalk! The 6B charcoal pencil was a dream to use!
WEARING MY AGE
I have received a grant from the Jerome Foundation to work on a project that I have called "Wearing My Age."