Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"My Pattern" Contest

So, there is a contest organized by that I consider entering – the “MY Pattern” Contest. The contest will run from June 1st, 2008 to July 31st, 2008 and its object is to create a garment, or an coordinated outfit using one’s own design and/or original pattern. Patterns can be created using any method (draping, drafting, using blocks, drafting software, etc.). Winners will be determined by reader votes.
I have only once before participated in a PR contest – the Knock-Off Contest of 2007. Then I entered a blazer, a knockoff of an Ingwa Melero Blazer. Here is a picture of that project.

As far as this contest goes, I am thinking of entering a coordinated outfit consisting of a pair of sailor pants and TBD coordinating top. I have never been much into the marine theme, however, this year the sailor pant has captured my attention. Here are some of the inspiration pieces for the pants:

L.A.M.B. Sailor Pants

MiH Jeans Valencia Sailor Jeans

Eight 14 Stretch Cotton Sailor Pants:

Theory “Rease – Radar” Pant:

I actually saw the Theory "Rease Radar" pant at Saks, and let me tell you, it had me somewhat perplexed. First, I really appreciate Theory as a brand; I like their straight-forward design, great fit, and high quality fabrics. However, this particular item had the quality (both fabric and sewing) of an Old Navy/Gap garment, which is ok, but only if the price tag says $30-$50, not $215! Anyway, apart from my dislike for the fabric/quality/craftsmanship/price, I LOVED the fresh, yet perennial style.

I' ll be drafting the pattern myself and using K. King's "The Trouser Draft" as a fitting reference. This will be my first sailor front , so this should be fun!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Burda WOF Waistcoat – Done!

The waistcoat is finished!

I ended up not using the back belt, it just did not work for me.
When attaching the lining I took Cidell's into account and followed her advice on lining a sleeveless garment.
On a different note, I had a little help from my DD who did some handsewing and measuring for me :)

My overall conclusion about this pattern – it is drafted beautifully and allows for a number of modifications, including an easy change of the lapel shape. If I find the right fabric, I will nake it again with the armhole frills.
I am keeping this pattern and maybe will use it as a starting point for drafting a regular waistcoat (without peplum), if I ever need one.