Sorry I haven’t e-mailed in a while. I have been busy at work.
Well I passed my Pattern Making Level 1 course finally. I think my project skirt for the exam turned out pretty good if I may say so. The front part of the skirt (if you will recall the V in front was not looking proper and I was having problems why it would not sit flatter), came out pretty good as well as the box pleats at the back of the skirt. It was not perfect looking by any means, but I think the teacher realized I had tried really hard and I guess thought I deserved to pass.
I have enrolled the Pattern Making Level II. We will be learning drafting a dress using bodice and skirt blocks and dress blocks. Also, construct princess line and empire line dress designs. As well, draft various necklines and collars, including a shawl design; draft sleeves with normal or enlongated armholes, construct a dartless block for knits and develop it into stylised patterns. Lastly, construct a dartless block suitable for stable fabrics and develop blouse and skirt patterns.
I guess this is going to be a lot harder than Level l. Is there any helpful hints anyone can offer to me that might help me out? I was filming the teacher at times, when my camera was working, and it was very helpful to review same but this year it appears we cannot do that anymore. There are now rules pertaining to doing so. I bought Helen Armstrong’s 4th Edition for Pattern Making for Fashion Design, which I hope will help (even though a lot of the students and teacher said that there are steps missing etc.).
I was also thinking of purchasing a dress form but I do not like the ones that you turn a dial and it expands. I had one many years ago and hated it. I live in Toronto and we do not have access to purchasing the dress forms the schools use. I have heard of the ones you make yourself but I don’t know if they would be worth trying.