I love these “renditions” that I found on WGSN.com looking for outwear shapes the other day. Just a little more focus with Adobe Illustrator (tackled the bounding box in class today) and maybe the Sewn Square One pattern covers can have technical sketches to this caliber. But I dream.
Above is a sample page of Sewn Square One pattern instructions. This is page 5 of the Skirt Smarts pattern. This morning I received a great question about what level of sewer would want to make this skirt and what our pattern instructions looked like. I thought that a picture would be the best answer to this question and maybe be a valuable piece of information to put out there for all of you! As you can see the instructions are very much in a step-by-step, how to format. I do think that a beginning sewer would enjoy the Skirt Smarts pattern because:
1) It has a straight waistband. Unlike a contour waistband this style of waistband is basically a rectangle with notches so you can easily tell where to match up center front, center back, and the side seams.
2) There is an exposed zipper option. With zipper tape showing on the outside of the garment, you are simply top-stitching the zipper to the outside of the skirt. Easy Breezy!
3) The seam allowances for all Sewn Square One patterns are 1/2″. We do this for fitting purposes. With the skirt pattern this is especially helpful when you choose your size based on the waist measurement listed on the back of the pattern but would like more or less room in the hips. This can be done by simply tapering the side seams at the hip area and then continuing in a straight line to the hem.
4) The color blocked version (View 1-shown below) is probably the simplest. Your only task with it is to pick out a cool fabric combination and match up your fabrics at the seams.
I’ve been thinking of applying for the Urban Craft Uprising summer show in Seattle. Every time I attend this show I have a great time, get to know new companies, and am taken with how many people are so dedicated to the craft world. There is so much variety and levels of growth, you just feel like like you’ve stepped into a growing, thriving community and you have!
With this in mind, I took pictures of a few of my favorite sample garments for Sewn Square One’s application this afternoon. Only 5 pictures are allowed and I think that the one below with the patterns also displayed will be one of the final 5 for sure.
Whenever I am trying to design something “new” I always gather inspiration from garments that already exist. I have a belief that even if I were trying to copy something stitch for stitch it would always end up looking completely different from the pre-existing garment. This may be lack of focus on my part but I think that it could just the evolution of a garment along the way. Regardless, a challenge for me arises with school assignments in which inspiration image pages are called for containing “mostly non-fashion images.” I find myself taking the easy way out with these images and googling the word “mist” or similar. Today, I tried to apply myself more to this part of the process–granted I did leave finding my inspiration images for the very last part of my portfolio (phase one). However, I particularly like the following where I mixed in fabric textures.
I have worn this Corey Lynn Calter skirt every Spring/Summer for a 3 years now and recently found the fabric at Stitches in Seattle–amazingly they actually had two different (but very very similar) red/white ikats from Corey Lynn Calter’s 2011 collections. The one that I purchased is a bit stiffer of a material with a sharper outline to the print. Anyway, I immediately bought enough to make a Swing Shift jacket for myself–but I will not wear them together–or will I? If I were going to match another garment to this skirt a fitted sleeveless top would be a better route–maybe another Go Anywhere tunic?
top image via Anthropologie, material from Stitches in Seattle
I recently came across these images of the ASOS Spring campaign on WGSN and while I am not inclined to use the pastel backdrop I just love the models’ poses. They look just so content and carefree in their clothing–just perfect for a pattern cover. These dresses would also be really fun to make–I’m especially inclined to want the yellow and white one for myself!
I have recently become preoccupied with the idea of having a new photograph taken for the cover of our Triple Play Top pattern. This will be pretty straightforward, but what I’m really looking forward to is additional pictures of the samples with more movement and representation of the blouse as a garment that has just been created. I love when look books have super saturated colors as the backdrops of the clothing. It instantly brightens and creates a sense of joy. Inspiration below:
Photos above via Tory Burch Resort 2012