Happy New Year, everyone!
I’ve grown to love New Year’s. While I can reflect and make changes at any time during the year, the New Year holiday presents an official opportunity to pause and re-evaluate my life style and personal growth.
Although I stopped making New Year’s resolutions several years ago (by the time the next year rolled around, I often couldn’t remember my resolutions… oops! ), I am devoted to the idea of a new beginning at the New Year. An educator to my core, I love learning new things and decided to set a New Year’s learning goal every year instead of a resolution. Each year, I identify one thing I want to learn and take the first steps immediately to ensure I’ll follow through.
I don’t always succeed, but I’ve been more successful than not. Recent goals have been learning how to knit (check!) and learning how to sew a bra (check!).
This year’s goal? Drafting my own lingerie.
Creating Pattern Blocks
The starting point for most patterns is a block (this isn’t the case if you are patterning by draping fabric on a dress form). A basic base for a pattern, a block is created using specific body measurements. For example, when I made my skirt block, I used my waist and hip measurements to draft a flat paper representation of my body. By adding seam allowances, darts, etc. I can create a pattern from this basic block. After creating my skirt block, I got hooked on drafting patterns. The fit of the final garment is amazing and now I’m obsessed with creating an entire wardrobe that fits perfectly.
I will be making several more skirts based on my block. I’m also going to use it to ensure commercially made patterns will fit me correctly (I’m looking at you ill-fitting Sew Over It Ultimate Pencil Skirt).
If you haven’t yet attempted creating a block and drafting your own patterns from it, I highly recommend you give it a go. I expected it to be scary and hard, but it wasn’t at all. To make my skirt block, I took the Craftsy class, Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper with Suzy Furrer. The directions are good and my skirt came out great on the first try. Definitely money and time well spent. High on my skirt drafting success, I’m ready to take on lingerie drafting!
To reach my learning goal, I’ve purchased two more Craftsy classes: Sewing Panties: Construction and Fit and Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace, and Beyond. I also purchased Sew and Draft Your Own 10-Piece Lingerie Collection from Burda University.
I may have gone overboard purchasing classes, but I’m ready!!
I started watching the Craftsy panties class and I really like Beverly Johnson, a.k.a. the Fairy Bra-mother. She’s very body positive and matter-of-fact about fitting challenges and concerns while waxing poetic on panty materials and construction. I’m loving it!
For these online classes, I typically watch each lesson twice. First, I watch the lessons all the way through. During the second viewing, I follow the instructor’s directions and pause the video stream as needed in order to complete all the tasks. As part of the class’s lessons, you create a panty block. I’ve already watched the lesson on creating the block. I now need to re-watch and follow the directions to create my own.
Since I have this week off, I plan on spending lots of quality time with my sewing machine. I should be able to create my block and finish working my way through the panty course. I will share my experiences here as I go.
What sewing goal do you have for 2018?
Do you draft your own lingerie?
Have you already taken one of the online courses I purchased?
Please, share your knowledge with me and the community below!