Here we have a selection of resources design to promote good practice and make life easier for you on your sewing journey. One of my great passions in life is pattern design and development. In addition to the obvious technical aspect of it, pattern design allows you the opportunity to really let the creative juices flow that is so exciting; and that’s before you’ve even cut out a scrap of fabric. I learned how to do it so many moons ago but it seems to have dropped off the curriculum in recent years, along with the tools and resources needed to learn and practice it properly. Frustrated by this I have developed a range of goodies for you along with a very talented friend of mine. Keep watching this space as we are also developing a range of kits and patterns to tempt you.
Half Size Mannequins
Working on a half size dressform is so much easier to work with. Take the guesswork out of pattern development and speed up the design process. When inspiration happens you need a dependable tool to help you transfer your visual ideas into cloth quickly and efficiently. A half size mannequin allows you to physically position fabric in place, thus eliminating the question of “I wonder what would happen if I put something there”. And since it is small you can see how the idea is developing instantly without having to step back and ponder at regular intervals. These great little ladies have been created and manufacturered by us at the sewing school. Click here to visit www.halfsizemannequin.com
Principles of pattern adaptation using quarter size blocks booklet (Including quarter size block templates)
This is a short but detailed guide for anyone interested in getting to know how clothing patterns are developed from basic blocks. The majority of garments bought in shops are developed from very simple blocks with style variations added and tweaked along the way. Every fashion house has its own set of blocks from which their designs are developed. Any budding fashion designer who wants to produce patterns for their own designs needs to understand the concepts involved in adding and taking away fullness, how to introduce style variations and how to make it all come together in the construction process. The first step to achieving this is to work in quarter size (or quarter scale) and included is a master set of basic bodice, sleeve and skirt blocks that you can keep and copy to get you started.
How to scale up half size patterns booklet (Including a set of half size basic blocks)
A short but detailed guide to show home sewers, students and budding fashion designers who use half scale mannequins and blocks how to scale up their finished designs to full size. It includes instructions for upscaling in a variety of methods both high and low tech. For those new to the concept of designing in half size, this handy booklet both outlines the advantages of the process and solves the problem of how to get your mini designs into a useable format ready for construction. The booklet comes with a set of basic bodice, sleeve and skirt blocks for you to use as templates in half size to get you started. Written by the people who decided to manufacture half size mannequins out of frustration at a lack of a suitable product for their needs, both the blocks and upscaling methods have been tested and used in their own professional practice. Part of a series of booklets being developed with both the home sewer and student in mind to enhance their design skills and take their creativity to a new level.