Tuesday, 21 May 2013

A sneak preview

I'm off to my second lesson of the pattern drafting course tomorrow evening. If you're interested in hearing how I get on, I'll do a post at the weekend. 

I previously mentioned that I chose a Zac Posen dress as my inspiration. I spotted it while looking at his Spring 2013 collection. I wanted to make something slightly complicated in the lesson with teacher support so I could make something of similar difficulty, or more, at home. Here is the dress:

Zac Posen
Original found here
I love the silhouette and the flow of the skirt. The bustier detail is wonderful and I'm intrigued by the sleeves. The contrasting patterns on the panels and their sharp lines are what really makes it for me. Given that I only have six weeks in the class, that the idea is to have a completed dress by the end of it and the fact that I have never drafted a pattern in my life I realise that this would be beyond my capabilities. I have simplified it quite a bit while keeping some of the details. I haven't yet shared this with my teacher so some of what you will see may change. Please also forgive my sketching - drawing is not one of my talents!

My first ever dress design

I wanted to keep the silhouette as much as possible and some of the sharp lines so panels are a must. There will be a contrast one of either side. Additional panels (number to be determined) will be added to the skirt. I'll also keep the bustier. The sleeves on the original are knotted, which would drive me crazy, so I've opted for a cuff to help keep the poufy effect, they will be gathered at the top. The original has a circular back cutout which I'll be skipping completely. It will close with a centre back zip. 

The panels, bustier and sleeves will be made from a contrasting fabric. I haven't yet bought any as I wanted to wait for the class to work out how much I would need. I'll be going on Friday and have a few ideas in mind but again, that may change tomorrow. I want to avoid black and white (I'll only mess it up!).  Suggestions gratefully received! 


10 comments:

  1. So classy! I can't wait to see how that sketch translates into fabric =)
    I almost signed up for the same course, but I am probably not experienced enough, with only a couple of garments under my belt. Plus, I don't usually wear dresses.
    Well, shame. Maybe next time...

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    1. Oh, it would have been fun to have you there! But I understand why you didn't. I took a bit of time to build up to it - I wanted to have some experience in sewing before I jumped in. Hopefully it won't be too long before you sign up for one not focussed on dresses.

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  2. Wow! This is lovely! Well done you for being so brave!

    I think you should stick with the inspiration and go for contrasting prints, if you can. I think they look great. Btw take a look at Bobbins and Whimsy. Jenny featured a dress (yesterday I think) with contrasting prints which I think are beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Helen! I've just taken a look and Jenny has got the prints right. I have a really hard time matching prints. I love seeing what others come up with but I don't feel I can get it right. Once I have decided, I quickly back away! But I'll take a look at what is on offer when I go shopping on Friday.

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  3. OMG, I wanted to sign up for this class so bad! I've done a very small amount of pattern drafting, but it's just been like, following tutorials and hoping for the best. It would be amazing to learn some of the actual technical stuff. I can't wait to see your progress and the finished product!

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    1. Thanks Frocksford! I'm sure they will be repeating this class or have others that are similar.

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  4. This is such an interesting design. It's going to be amazing!! Good luck at your class. Oh and your drawings are great.

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    1. The secret to my drawings - we were given a body to trace over!

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  5. What course are you doing? It sounds brilliant!

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    1. It is a pattern drafting course to make a summer dress. We started from just our measurements and will complete with a dress that will fit us perfectly. It is a great course and I'm learning so much!

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