Sewing is freedom. It’s the ability to choose your own fabrics and colors, to alter the fit of a garment and to tailor stylistic details. Ultimately, sewing is the freedom to design. Learning to draft your own pattern or altering an existing pattern opens a new world of possibilities.
Not only will drafting patterns give you the ability to design a garment, it also divulges a greater understanding of how to use completed patterns, and the purpose of each component.
Designing a garment is as simple as choosing each stylistic detail and combining them in a single pattern.
In this recording, we will focus on three basic ideas (darts, pleats and gathers, and neck/hemlines) applied to a range of options that will give you the foundation to draft your own patterns for the bodice and skirt. Finally, we will consider fabric prints when drafting a pattern.
Laura Okita is originally self-taught using vintage sewing patterns, out of a need to alter and personalize vintage dresses. It was from this experience that she discovered her love for sewing and design, which prompted her to attend Parsons, The New School for Design. She specializes in vintage designs and construction techniques, couture and hand sewing, custom wedding dresses and hand beading and embroidery. Her work has been featured in Vintage Lifestyle Magazine, Thistle Magazine and in Vanity Fair’s best dressed of the month. Laura currently blogs about vintage lifestyle and sewing on her blog http://papermothballvintage.blogspot.com/.