Monday, 29 April 2013

Pattern Drafting

 I won't be alone in having enjoyed the recent BBC programme 'The Great British Sewing Bee.'

I can sew already, and indeed I have been  sewing various home dec projects, such as this cushion cover:

 I have  a fair fabric stash and a number of clothing patterns I wish to sew this year. I have been waiting until I lost some weight- who wants to put in a lot of effort  to sew something beautiful, only to find that 2 months later it doesn't fit. So (sew? ;0), now that I have lost 2 stone in weight (28lbs) I am ready to sew. What the GBSB has inspired me to do is to  improve the fit of my handsewn garments.  To start everything off, I have hand-drafted my first pattern.  It's pretty amazing:

Yep, I have hand-drafted my first camisole pattern! Well, one has to begin somewhere, right?
I simply traced the outline from a camisole which I like the fit of. The fabric that you can see is a peach bamboo 2-way stretch jersey. I figure it will be comfortable to wear and  'cool' in the summer. Above you can see some of the trimmings which I have. Can't decide whether to go for a strong contrast, such as the turquoise, or something less  stark such as  a pale chocolate elastic which I don't think is visible above. I'll just have to wait and see.

Happy sewing!


  1. Ooh! Very 1930's-looking knicker pink! Good luck :)

  2. How lovely! Well done you! I am still at the doing-it-with-help stage (my mum!), whilst also using a pattern. I did copy a top by literally drawing around it, but haven't come up with one free-hand. I did enjoy watching the GBSB, too, though it seemed a bit short a series.

    I keep meaning to ask: are you back in the UK or are you still in Zurich?

    Also: well done for losing weight! My metabolic disorder means that losing weight is nigh-on impossible, however long I stick to 1200 cals a day :( Horrid. So, very well done.