Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The art of fitting

Besides collecting a bunch of free patterns on my computer, I have been drafting my own patterns based on my measurements. It's even more clearer to me why the tailor (Ah Loke) who make my husband's wedding suit is so amazing. Getting a garment made to your measurements is not that difficult, but it's the FITTING that takes a lot of work. Our bodies are all built differently by God, and therefore there are differences in the way the same garment can hang differently on each body.

I remember Ah Loke made a muslin/toile for my husband to try on, and he stood back to get a view of how the suit looked on my husband. He mentioned that one of my husband's shoulders is lower than the other, so he will slightly increase the padding to even out both shoulders. PRECISION!

I think I've probably gone thru 2 or 3 muslin fittings to get the fit right for this dress below. And even so, I'm not that 100% happy with it yet, but it will do for now. Being a pear-shaped creature, I feel that single dress blocks with princess seams don't seem to suit me as well as a 2-piece dress block that is divided into a bodice block and a skirt block. Also I couldn't make the dress that fitting because of my tummy pooch hee hee hee hee hee......  (I'm not pregnant btw, it's fats)

ANYHOOT. More on the project here :-)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Never sew when you're tired

Yes. Lesson learnt for like the 100th time. Why am I so degil? I thought I could easily modify my high-waisted shorts pattern into a low-waisted one and was so confident that it'll work that I didn't make a muslin. And all of that because I was tired BUT still wanted to sew.

Needless to say, it didn't work. After a shower I got into bed and looked up a couple of sites on trouser drafting and of course, things were a bit clearer. Now if only I was thinking with a clearer and less tired brain earlier heheh.....

*slaps self*