Browsing Tag: moulage

Sit and Sew with Kenneth King

I recently had the good fortune of taking sewing lessons with Kenneth King in his NYC studio!  This was a dream come true for a self-taught home sewer! Check out his studio!  (Click photos to enlarge). Working with Kenneth is such a rewarding experience. He has the perfect combination of talent, technique, and teaching ability.  I don’t want sound like a groupie but I must give credit where credit is due! Simply put, Kenneth King is a master at his craft.  I marvel at his expertise.  Given his extensive list of qualifications, the craftsmanship of his work…

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…

The Sewing and Design School

  I was a self-taught seamstress…until now.  In an effort to improve my skills, I searched Google for “sewing schools” hoping to find something in my area (online classes are great but I wanted access to a real person).  My search revealed nothing close to home so I began to consider the idea of a sewing vacation.  That’s when I stumbled upon The Sewing and Design School in Tacoma, Washington.  It didn’t take me long to secure my spot in the moulage class by Kenneth D. King.  As a Threads Magazine…