Do you buy or make your own patterns?That was the question I've asked myself few years ago. My sewing journey started by the coincidence (so to speak). The catalyst for this hobby was a dress that I saw one day in the magazine for my sister. Btw, the dress was nothing over the top. The beauty of the dress was in its simplicity.
That day was a pivotal day. It is the day i embarked on my sewing journey. The simple dress managed to ignite the desire and curiosity in me; prompting me to learn the beauty and the intricacies of sewing and pattern making. I feel blessed for this random coincidence (if you would like to call it that way). I didn't know I had a creative side in me until this moment.
I remember buying my first pattern which was Simplicity pattern, and it was a skirt. Yes, my first project was the skirt. Now that I look back - what a remarkable and a steep learning curve! I worked on the skirt for days. I didn't even know how to switch on and/or thread the sewing machine. In a single line, An Extraordinary experience!!!
Luckily with my patience, perseverance and dedication, lots have changed since then. At least now I know how to turn on my girls (that is what I call my sewing machines and the Baby Lock, the overlocker, is the Queen of ' em all). I went on to do the private classes in pattern making - The Guarino method (aka An Italian) pattern making method, which guarantees perfect fit at all time. I find the Guarino pattern making method extremely useful and efficient way of creating bodice, pants or skirt pattern in a remarkably short time.
The Guarino Method of Pattern Making
1. Bodice. The key measurement for the bodice pattern is the chest size (that is right not the bust but chest size) The rest is a piece of cake -- it's just a matter of connecting the dots... Literally
For the purpose of this blog, I am using the pants pattern, which i have done on the weekend, as an example ... See below
|New Pants Pattern ...Next Step, Fitting!!!!|
The Tools of Trade
The process is really easy and effective, and it allows you to create the fitted bodice, designed just for your body!!!! Please note, this is a genuine article on the patternmaking method I like using and not a paid blog entry...I wish it was :)
If you are interested in finding out more about this rather unique yet effective pattern making method, feel free to go the website http://www.scuolacentromoda.com/. Mind you, it is in Italian, but thanks to Google Translate that shouldn't be an issue.
In summary, I know how to draft any pattern without any special triangles. Nevertheless I find this method extremely useful and tend to use it quite often.
Friends, what about you? Do you draft your own or buy the patterns? Would you like to learn to draft patterns? Let me know, I'd be interested to know your thoughts? What pattern method do you use?