I am a new member and sort of a beginner. I wouldn’t consider myself intermediate but definitely more than a beginner. I need help on how to pivot a pattern. Don’t you need two sheets two pivot? How do you create a fitted bodice out of a loose bodice pattern? I drafted a bodice sloper from my measurements , but since my lower belly protrudes the design didn’t come out right. Also can someone recommend a good book on pattern design. A book with good graphics and instruction. I am unable to take a class or pay someone. Right now the books I’m using are Make Your Own Patterns by Rene Bergh and an old Fairchild book called Basic Pattern Skills For Fashion Design.
Eventually, because I have such exacting tastes and bottled up creativity, my goal is to carve out for myself from home a good fashion design program. I currently create lots of designs with no drawing instruction. I’m not against instruction. I just need flexibility and control over my time and money. I sew for myself, but I want to expand. Does anyone know a good series of books to get me where I would like to go?
Also this will seem laughable to many, but I am EXTREMELY strapped for cash. I would LOVE to buy an expensive machine. I cannot at this time. I currently have a $180.00 Singer. The bobbin died on me after about a month of furious sewing. I almost created two full wardrobes. Could someone recommend a decent new sewing machine that will last at least two years without collapsing(or even one year)and can withstand heavy use under $200.00 or really under $100.00?
I LOVE to sew, but I don’t like patterns. I always find myself trying to piece together the looks. There is always something I’m compromising in design. Hence, I constantly feel I’m wasting time and energy trying to get someone else’s design to fit my desires and fit.
I’d appreciate any help that comes my way