Print and Plain Sewing Competition – Entry 1

Maggie B My entry in the Print and Plain Sewing Competition by Maggie B.

 

– My skirt! – and my journey in drafting of the pattern and making up of the garment.

 

It is one thing to draft a basic skirt block and run it up in calico, and quite another to meet Annie’s criteria for our first design brief in pattern making.
The brief- design a skirt with two yokes both asymmetrical. The skirt must also include ‘flare’.
In Annie’s classes the term flare should be interpreted in two ways….
The flare or design element of a gradual spread outward in form and the flair or panache of a design. In Annie’s words ‘not pedestrian or boring’!

Page 1 of my notes detailing my pattern making process.

Page 1 of my notes detailing my pattern making process.

Just designing any skirt for someone who hasn’t worn a skirt for a long, long time was a bit daunting, but two asymmetric yokes and flare while including flair?

Page 2 of my notes detailing my pattern making process.Page 2 of my notes detailing my pattern making process.

Page 2 of my notes detailing my pattern making process.

The lady knows what she is doing as I learnt so much about making a pattern from this one task. Not only about making this pattern but about how I could apply the learning to future projects.

Page 3 of my notes detailing my pattern making process.

Page 3 of my notes detailing my pattern making process.

The journey involved the best placement of design lines so that a pleasing balance of sections was achieved and also involved understanding the amount of flare required to make a statement.

Page 4 of my notes detailing my pattern making process.Page 4 of my notes detailing my pattern making process.

Page 4 of my notes detailing my pattern making process.

Once the pattern passed approval I couldn’t wait to make it up. I knew I wanted the base fabric to be black heavy seeded cotton (from my stash) but how to get the ‘flair’ was a challenge. Ultimately there had to be some sort of contrast involving either texture or colour or both.
Another visit to the stash and I had to decide whether to use the possibilities of paisley, awesome animal, autumnal oranges or luscious leaves.

Choices of fabric to use.

Choices of fabric to use.

My decision of pattern fabrics.

Pattern combinations – Final choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end paisley, animal and leaves seemed to be a perfect choice as long as I kept the colours limited to blacks and whites.

Front of my skirt
Back detail of my skirt.

Back detail of my skirt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflecting on the final product I felt that I needed to make the second yoke come in closer to center front and that the printed patches were perhaps a bit too busy.

Wearing my skirt - front view

Wearing my skirt – front view

Wearing my skirt - back view

Wearing my skirt – back view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail of the front of the skirt.

Detail of the front of the skirt.

Detailed side view of my skirt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However most of the class members thought I should leave the patches.
Basically I am happy with my skirt and have actually worn it in public a few times. I want to use the pattern again with a few modifications.
Thanks Annie for planning a task so full of learning and challenges.
Maggie B

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