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Tag: draping

DRAPING 101: TRUEING THE MASTER BODICE BLOCK

One thing I love about sewing and, I think, pattern making, is that there are rules. Hard, steadfast, mathematically correct rules that’ll show me, almost immediately, when I’ve done something wrong. This is sort of the opposite of other parts of my life, where the right and wrong paths aren’t always obvious, where career decisions [...]

DRAPING 101: AN INTRO

About ten years ago, when I still lived in Seattle and would make a few yearly pilgrimages to Portland’s Powell’s City of Books (a.k.a. a city block of awesome), I bought Dress Design: Draping and Flat Pattern Making. At a cool $40, it was a big splurge*, especially on a used book, but I couldn’t [...]

THE FUTURE DRESS TUTORIAL

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here: this is going to involve some math! Didn’t  scare you? Good. Because I’m about to share how to draft my favorite dress of the season. If you caught my first post on my reimagining of Claire McCardell’s future dress from 1945, you may remember that I promised a [...]

1000 SHADES OF COMPROMISE

This morning, my head feels a little clouded and my eyes sizzled from staring too long at the three-headed monster that is the Craigslist apt/housing section. Pourquoi, you ask? Mr. Fish and I are taking the infinitely exciting and  somewhat insane leap across the river, moving from Brooklyn to Manhattan. The move is partially for [...]

THE FUTURE DRESS, PART 2

I have a new love affair, and it’s with this dress. If you caught my first post about Claire McCardell’s future dress you’ll know I was a bit hesitant to wear such a floofy gown outside of my apartment. But thanks to encouragement from some of you and a resounding two thumbs up from Mr. Fish, [...]