Guys. Guys. GUYS. (Ladies.)
I made this dress. Not only did I start with fabric and turn it into a garment-- oh no. I made the pattern. I took my measurements and did math to them and now I can make obsessively personalized clothing.
I'm overusing italics, but even that doesn't convey how excited this makes me.
I've been struggling with Jack Handford's Professional Patternmaking for Designers for a couple months. The process to making your own patterns is surprisingly simple. You:
- Take some detailed measurements,
- Draw your pattern according to the book's directions,
- and fiddle with your pattern until
- It fits, or
- The sun explodes and the earth disintegrates into a pile of ash. (Whichever comes first. It was a near thing for me.)
If you've ever tried to develop your own pattern blocks, you'll know that my frock here is certainly not Vionnet-level brilliance. Creative patterning this ain't. The print doesn't match very well. The sleeves still need some rotating and the bodice darts are crying to be fixed.
But I couldn't've dreamt of doing anything like this a year ago. I put the zip into the lined bodice without swearing once. I wore it out of the house.
This is visible progress and encouragement to keep going. Hooray!