Garment One, Week One cont.



The order of work is a little back-to-front for this first garment but hopefully I will get into a routine quite quickly.

Here is an illustration of the shirt I hope to make this week. This is coloured pencil on cartridge, which is not the best medium but means I can use one of my croquis templates under the paper. Another aim of this project is to develop a better illustration style. Next to it is the cotton fabric I plan to use.

I drew up my own Specification Sheet to use for each garment. This might be a bit over-the-top and is typical of my perfectionist mindset. If the spec. sheets are a useful reference for me I will stick with them. My technical drawings are done by hand but I will switch to computer-generated images at some point. Although time-consuming, these ‘flats’ are essential aids to pattern design. It is also useful to keep track of time and costs.



Garment One, Week One


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My first garment will be a plain, fitted shirt with shoulder princess seams, a back yolk and long sleeves. I have already made the muslin for this shirt. This pattern was created from scratch using my bodice and sleeve sloper and much help from YouTube where I learned how to draft a collar and cuffs (not attached to the muslin)

Shirts may seem like simple garments but they are not, especially if they are to be quite fitted. I struggled to get a good fit because of my swayback and the best solution was to separate the back into three sections so that I could create godets on the lower half. This created the extra fabric needed over my backside while still allowing a neat fit in the small of my back.