My copy of Female 2012 arrived from Japan (via another farm with a similar address!) and confirmed my suspicion that not all of the patterns are pre-drafted on the familiar trace-it-yourself roadmap... some have to be drafted from scratch, using the drawings and measurements provided - gulp!
And, of course, the styles I like best fall into that category.
But since I actually have plenty to wear, there is absolutely no need for me to mass-produce item after item at high speed. In fact, it would be entirely sensible to approach my sewing in the same way that I approach my knitting: with the expectation that it takes a while to make a full-sized garment.
So I have decided to spend April exploring my new pattern book. I bought some drafting paper, and a souped-up French Curve / Ruler / Grading Template-thingy called the Shoben Fashion Curve. I suspect I was sucked in by the hype, and that a simple ruler and a french curve would have been enough... but you know how it is. I wanted the shiny plastic fashion-student-y gadget so that I could play at being A Fashion Designer. Shrug.
|Female Spring 2012|
Watching what Melanie has been doing with one of the Female Spring 2012 patterns has definitely inspired me to do more than just join the dots and sew the seams together!
What am I going to make? Well, I really love the shape of this button-through shirt or dress. This is one of those "get out your ruler" styles, designed by the Japanese brand Neverland.
You can buy it ready-made for big Yen. I LOVE the tie-knot styling! Ties as jewellery! I might have to have a go at that with a charity-shop tie or two... sadly FL doesn't have a stash of old ties I can plunder!
|DIY or Ready-made: image on right from Neverland jp website|
I hope I have enough white dobby dot left in the stash to make this a "free" project.
|Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan|
Very "Desperately Seeking Susan"!
Oh how I loved that look!
Yes - I did have that hairstyle. What of it?
I will have to buy some knit fabric to make this one. It might be fluorescent yellow sweatshirting... just saying :D
|Fluro Yellow anyone?|
I want to make the big shirt that Melanie is making.
I am intrigued by a billowing batwing blouse - I might persuade The Girl that she wants one of these!
This book is blowing such a breath of fresh air through my fabric stash - so many possibilities!
And a month set aside to explore them? That sounds like a plan!