A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her own clothes.
Trying to find well fitted, comfortable and affordable clothes, is something that most of us can not relate to.
A lot of us know the frustration of tired feet, endless shopping and nothing to show for the effort and time wasted in shopping malls.
Some of us also like to sew our own clothes, but struggle to find the right pattern that fits well.
How many times did you buy expensive fabric, put lots of time and effort into cutting and sewing correctly, just to end up with a poor fitting garment that you are ashamed of and never want to be seen in public with?
Nothing beats the look and feel of well fitted clothes that makes you feel comfortable and pretty.
So why not start making your own patterns?
Take control over your closet.
Design your own patterns.
If you can make your own patterns, you will be able to make something that fits your body perfectly.
Clothes that you like, made from the fabric you love.
With you own designed clothes, you can reflect your own unique style and personality that will make you stand out from the crowd.
You can even start your own style and trend.
I am starting with a series of drafting patterns from scratch. I will teach you how to make the basic blocks and patterns for your own figure.
Yes, your figure, not the one of the perfect model on the catwalk…..
It is much easier to make patterns than you think.
No need for bought patterns. We make them from scratch.
You just need lots of ideas and an open mind.
Life is too short to wear boring clothes……
Be prepared to make a few calculations when doing this….
….a little bit of maths will do your brain good anyway…..
I am starting with a skirt block.
This is the easiest and once you understand this well, I will move on to the bodice following by dresses and pants.
Below are the tools that you need.
These are the basics. As you will see, mine is very old. I have been using these tools for many years. There is no need for fancy tools.
The ruler should be at least 60cm long.
White paper is preferable, but any paper in big sizes can be used.
I buy leftover rolls of white paper from our local newspaper printer which is too small to use for printing. They sell the left over rolls for a very good price.
After taking the measurements, follow the instructions of the basic skirt block. (PDF for taking measurements instructions)
You can download the PDF for the basic skirt block instructions if you want to print it out and keep it.
You only make this block once.
Unless you gain or lose weight…….this wil be forever!
You can glue the block on card board to make it last longer.
In my next post I wil explain how we are going to use this in making patterns.
In the meantime, here is some inspiration for your planning and dreaming of making skirts.
I do hope that you feel as exited as I am, and that you will join me in this series of pattern drafting.
Just imagine the freedom of making your own.
No shopping frustrations.
Just the good feeling of well fitted clothes that make you feel comfortable and pretty!
Please share this with all your friends who will be interested.