Friday, July 31, 2009
Drafting our own patterns
The pattern for these knit dresses are technically not in any of our books. But what I love about Japanese patterns is they offer such simple well drafted basics that you can draft your own designs off of them in just a few extra steps. I use to draft my own off RTW but that takes longer and is riskier (at least for me because I am a bit careless).
Marie' and I drafted this together at our big drafting party back in April. We were copying a simple play dress we saw online at Crewcuts. I can't remember what pattern we started with but any basic bodice and sleeve pattern would work. We cut the bodice high and added 1.5 inches at CB and CF for an inverted pleat, then added a 1.5 inch A-line on the sides. You can see Marie's versions here and here.
The fabrics for both of these dresses were purchased from The Fabric Fairy and also on trip to Barcelona a few years ago.