Vintage inspired,” draft your own sewing patterns”, as individual as you are.
About this project
What is a “draft-your-own” sewing pattern?
When you buy a sewing pattern, you use a chart on the rear of the packet to figure out what size pattern to cut out, but as we all know the human body is not a standard unit of measurement! Everyone has an individual size and shape, and trying to alter a ready made pattern to your body type can be very overwhelming at times. This is where drafting your own sewing patterns comes into it’s own. By taking your individual measurements, drafting and fitting a basic “block” pattern, you now have a well fitting foundation upon which to create the garment you want every single time. On top of that the pattern can be reused infinitely and made to fit anyone else you sew for!
Is pattern drafting not really difficult?
If you can make a rectangle, you can draft a sewing pattern! Each pdf pattern will give you clear instructions on how to take and convert your measurements into a sewing pattern. All instructions are heavily influenced by my great grandmother, a woman who went to university but couldn’t boil a kettle! When she moved in with my grandparents, my grandmother made her a cookbook full of her own recipes with “idiot proof” instructions, e.g. “Turn oven on. Turn dial X to 150 degrees. Peel 5 potatoes” etc. If you’re a relatively experienced sewer you probably won’t need such detailed instructions, but if you’ve never sewn before each pattern will walk you through the process step by step from drafting the pattern to sewing it up.
Are any patterns designed specifically for beginners?
Yes, the Joan was designed to be a beginners pattern as the only changes from the “block” are the neckline and three quarter length sleeve. It’s a very simple dress and a great place to start learning skills that will be used throughout this pattern collection and further releases in the future.
What about shipping?
All patterns will be downloadable as pdf files, and as you will be drafting your own pattern, printing is optional. If you prefer having a physical booklet to reference you can print it out easily without having to worry whether or not it’s to scale. If you don’t have a printer and don’t want the hassle of looking for a printing shop you can simply read it on your laptop, phone or tablet, anything really that you can save the PDFs to.
So how do the patterns work?
Each pattern consists of two parts. In part one, you’ll learn how to take your measurements and how to draft the basic bodice,skirt and sleeve block patterns.
In part two, you’ll learn to use the block to create the designed pattern, and how to sew it up from start to finish.
What are the patterns in the collection?
I’m starting with a collection of five patterns that I’ve spent some time perfecting. Sometimes I get lucky and patterns come out perfectly first time around, but quite often they take some reworking before I’m happy that all the kinks have been worked out!
The patterns are as follows:
The Joan is the most basic pattern, with minimal alterations to the block. It consists of a fitted bodice, straight skirt with kick pleat, low boat neckline and three quarter length sleeves.
The dorothy is also suitable for beginners, with a fitted bodice, square neckline, dirndl skirt and puffed sleeves.
The Sile, named after my maternal grandmother, has horizontal pleat tucks across the bust, a six gore skirt and sweet puffed sleeves.
The Rita, named for my paternal grandmother, is a super flattering wrap dress with darted sleeve caps. i love this dress so much, it really suits every occasion!
Finally the Catherine, for my mother, is the most advanced of the patterns. However with it’s princess line seams, pleating/gathering under the bust and along the shoulder seam, V neckline and darted sleeve cap, this dress is worth the extra effort!
(*All these dresses were made by me, for myself. I tried so many times to try and photograph myself in them but in the end it was just easier to photograph them on mannequins, which are smaller than I am so i had to pin them in order to display them as accurately as possibly. The only photos where i think this is obvious is the Dorothy (the neckline is a bit wonky due to pinning it), and the Catherine, as the pleats didn’t show up very well. I’m not a photographer, the sewing machine is my main tool so please take this into consideration!)
How much will they cost?
Once the Kickstarter is (hopefully!) funded, each full pattern ( parts one and two), will be priced at €18. If you are buying your second pattern and don’t want an extra copy of part one, “part two” patterns will be available for €10.
For the purposes of this Kickstarter though, each pattern will cost €10. Therefore if you choose the €10 pledge, you’ll receive one full pattern, pledge €20, receive two patterns, etc.
If you’re really excited by this project and choose to pledge €100, you’ll receive all five patterns PLUS a pattern named after you!
Risks and challenges
Thankfully most of the work is done, all I really need to do is digitise said work. I’ve set the estimated delivery at around December 2016, but I hope to send out rewards sooner if at all possible.