Grain line, centre fold, bias fold, notch, pivot, dart, ease line, blah blah blah these are the typical pattern cutting (dress making) jargon that has stuck with me since uni days. Have I told you that I can create a garment from 2D to 3D? Yup I’m a trained pattern cutter and machinist since I left LCF, if I had accepted the internship offer at Hussein Chalayan I would/could have been a designer or garment technologist at Dior, but I chose a different path, styling.
I wanted to make my own summer garments for a while after watching a series of 1950s movie classics at home, inspired by the cinched in waist costumes in the likes of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, Grace Kelly in Rear Window, Doris Day in The Man Who Knew Too Much, and many others. My fixation on ‘omg THAT waist!’, seems implausible to achieve for my awkward body shape (a small waist and wider hips).
Time wise, I can’t be asked to create pattern blocks from scratch but but but, thank goodness for Ebay there are wide selection of vintage patterns at a lower price, I bought this fabulous 1950s Butterick non-fitted coat pattern, and the Dolce & Gabbana SS12 inspired orange floral fabric from Borovick in Soho. This is just a sneak preview of the jacket, hem cut shorter, not sure whether to cut the sleeves shorter or not, and I have ran out of fabric for the front collar facing (oops) and in desperate need of lining fabric for the inside jacket, so I can complete the jacket by the weekend.
Stay tuned for part 2.