I just realized that I never posted a single photo of my patternmaking or ladies tailoring class from Fall 2017. Probably because I was so overwhelmed and then I went straight into Coats and Suits. Eee.
Anyway, for documenting purposes, PM 233:
And below, is a vest from Tailoring II.There were two pairs of pants but I haven’t photographed them.
Last spring I finished a Coats and Suits class at FIT. It was hard or rather busy and I never posted a single blog post but I have loads of pics of my drafts and a couple of my Muslims. My final product had to be in fabric. I got sick the day before it was due and had to put it together in less than 12 hours. It was terrible but I finished all albeit without buttonholes. I’m still incredibly satisfied I finished the class while working a stressful job more than full-time. And, about a month ago I finally received my certificate in Patternmaking from FIT! I’m not done with classes but for now I want to pause and practice my skills.
Below is my final muslin.
I finished the Pattern Grading class at FIT last week. It was intense!
I think it would have been busy even if it hadn’t been a summer intensive class. Still 3 days a week from 6:30 – 10:20 was grinding. I must’ve made approximately 10 nested patterns, which means I made at least 60 patterns in 5 weeks.
Things I wish I had known/done beginning class one:
– bought a mono eraser
– bought a .3 mm mechanical drafting pencil
– measured my work more consistently
Overall the class was interesting and should be helpful in sizing up/down some of my old vintage patterns. Given the intensity and redundancy of some of the work, I’m not sure I would have taken this. I think learning this style of grading would have been difficult from a book, so it’s a tough call.
In any case, it’s done. Whew!
Hola – I made it! Patternmaking I complete!
I slept 1.5 hours… but drafted an entire pattern in one day and sewed a collared blouse in a second day. It’s the fastest I ever sewed anything!
One of my homework pieces from class this week:
Eight dart manipulations in one day. Just in time for class tomorrow.
It’s week eight of my patternmaking class at FIT. We finished the bodice, sleeve and skirt and this week we are working on manipulating darts.
I really like the teacher; she’s really patient and experienced. My only criticism of the class is the syllabus doesn’t suggest additional resources/text. I ended up buying a patternmaking book by Helen Armstrong because I missed one class and also the notes I took in class aren’t always legible. It’s interesting to see the subtle differences (1/4 in here or there) between her instructions vs the book. I wonder if it’s due to her experience, an accepted method at FIT or the forms we are using.
Overall, I’m enjoying the class. I was a little worried because I took patternmaking when I couldn’t get into Ladies Tailoring. I was concerned it would be too technical and tedious… Also it eats half my Sunday. While it can be laborious, I like it anyway.
The second class and assignment went smoothly. I finished the assignment in class, actually. It may have helped I took a pattern making class before based on Dorothy Moore’s book :
Compared to the Moore book, the measurements are slightly more comprehensive at FIT, so far anyway. I will agree with other bloggers though that the FIT class is only focused on measuring a dress form… to the point that we are instructed to find and measure from specific seams on the dress form. I’m not sure how this translates to actual people…
Photos to come.