Category: Sewing

I Have a Moulage…Now What Do I Do With It?

At the end of the moulage class at The Sewing and Design School, I had a complete set of custom master patterns.  They are priceless! The blue indicates the moulage, the pencil indicates the bodice sloper, and the green indicates a jacket sloper. These master patterns can be used to design my own patterns or alter the fit of commercial patterns.   My current goal is to learn to draft a few basic bodice styles. Then I can mix and match those with different skirt styles to create a variety of customized dress patterns. First, I traced the bodice from the…

Customizing My Dress Form

I did a lot of research on dress forms before making a purchase.  For my price point, PGM seemed like the best buy.  I chose the 601 model with hip in a size 2. It’s slightly smaller than I am in the bust, hips, and waist. The size 4 didn’t match my measurements either so it made sense to purchase one that was slightly smaller then pad it out to my exact measurements. Kenneth King wrote an article for Threads magazine (Issue 161) that describes one way you can customize your dress form. When I attended…

Giving and Receiving

I wanted to give my husband something special for Christmas, something that would make him feel loved.  So, I made a Finlayson sweater and presented it to him Christmas 2015.  It was my first finished sewing project in 10 years!  You see, I started sewing when I was 10.  I used my allowance to purchase a pattern and some fabric from Wal-Mart.  I thought I would make some khaki cargo shorts.  No sewing machine meant that I would have to sew them by hand.  Those shorts look like a brown paper bag and never left the house.  At age…