Actually, I lied.
No one asked about my design process but I thought it would be fun to pretend that they did! (Fun fact: as a child I often pretended I was being interviewed after the raging success of a platinum album or other fancy accomplishment, or I would rehearse my speech for the Grammys. This is kind of like that).
I am always thinking about clothes and what I want to make next. At any time I have at least six garments floating around in my brain. What do I do with all these thoughts?
Sketch it out, baby.
When I actually achieve the drafting and sewing of a sketch I put a big, fat check mark next to it to say, "Suck on that! I done it!"
Step Two: Working out the Deets
Over time I have developed base patterns from which I develop all of my new ideas. It's like a foundation. Here is my back bodice for stretch knits.
These drawings were done in preparation for making this dress and this shirt.
Step Three: Manipulating the foundation to make a new pattern
Next I will trace this new configuration onto a piece of Kraft paper to start working out the new pattern. This method is called "slash and spread" which sounds like something from a low budget horror flick.
Basically, you're cutting apart and moving around the pattern at designated points and lines to shift the dart excess to new places. And yes, I realize you may have no idea what that means. Hopefully it sounds fancy and enigmatic.
As you can see my sidekick Gus is usually present for this process which causes a lot of set backs and scratches on my forearms. I've tried using him as a paper weight but his fatness eclipses the entire work area.
Stay tuned for the next installments of my design process, which will review the cutting of the fabric, and fittings!