I’ve been toying with this idea for months. I’d really like to be a prolific sewer, but I’d also like to sew things that will fit me and I’ll actually wear. I think I’ve laid a pretty good groundwork with all the lessons I’ve watched and things I’ve read. Not to mention the 3 fit muslins for the Craftsy couture dress class. *Sigh* – I’m still hand stitching silk organza to the pattern pieces. One day this dress will be done.
One of my goals is to get a set of pattern slopers from which I can work. I really like the set of garments Claudia Ein’s book How to Design Your Own Clothes and Make Your Own Patterns shows. I first saw this book in the library when I was in high school and it has haunted me ever since. I finally got my own copy last year! Makes a anumber of designs based on the 5 master patterns outlined in her book.
There are 5 master patterns Ein suggests in her book:
Master Patterns in Claudia Ein’s book
It would be interesting to see if I can wear an A-line dress. I have found that a lack of waist definition is not my best look. But I could always belt the dress…
It is wildly cold here at the moment and I am struck by the fact that I have only 2 pair of pants (and 2 pair of woefully inadequate jeans). I have been working on drafting a jeans pattern with Kenneth King’s Craftsy class which I would be perfectly happy to adapt to pants, once the fit is right. And, I’m so excited I think I have the fit right, but that’s another post!
3 & 4. Bodice and Skirt seam dress
I’ve got these two master patterns already. My 1 Dress project from last year has netted me well-fitting bodice and skirt master patterns. The bodice is princess seamed as is the skirt (which is straight, not a-line). They fit great and I have used the bodice and skirt to make alterations on other patterns already.
This one is not making the cut. I hardly ever wear button-down shirts, what with the gaping at the chest and having to make buttonholes and all. I’m really leaning toward making a master tee shirt pattern. I signed up for the Fit the Tee to a T class on PatternReview, made alterations to J. Stern’s tee pattern and have it in the hopper for a fit test muslin.
I’m excited at how close I am to having these master patterns!