Yesterday I drafted a straight skirt pattern using Susan's measurements, prepared a muslin, and was able to have Susan try it on -- a busy sewing day!
As I've mentioned last week, I've chosen to work from Dorothy Moore's Pattern Drafting and Dressmaking rather than from commercial patterns. Moore's book is very straightforward -- an excellent resource for those willing to start from scratch (i.e, your own measurements).
I inserted an 8" invisible zipper on the left side seam. I left off the waistband (I simply turned the 1" seam allowance to the inside and pinned it) since I wasn't sure if Susan would need a waistband at all. As it turned out, Susan -- who's rather short-waisted -- looks better without one.
The skirt has four 1/4" darts in front and four 1" darts in back.
I knew I'd drafted and sewn carefully, but nevertheless I was nervous to have Susan try the skirt on. I needn't have been: it fit beautifully!
I wanted to make sure there was enough ease in the skirt for Susan to sit down comfortably. As luck would have it, there was a unisex bathroom nearby. Ever-game (and giggly), Susan sat down in the closest available seat.
You gotta love a client like this!
I also repaired Susan's cotton golf skirt, whose zipper was broken. It felt good to give this garment a second life and I was able to practice my (somewhat-rusty) invisible zipper insertion technique.
I am very excited to move on to Susan's bodice, which I hope to draft tomorrow. Once I have these two slopers completed, I can think more about what I want to make with them. I'm full of ideas for both dresses and separates -- and thank you for sharing so many of your ideas with me in your recent comments.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!