Because I’ve been working like a horse this past two weeks. I work in Finance where quarter end is the busiest and craziest time. It lasts for about three weeks. Two weeks down and one more to go. I hardly have time for my hobby, heck, i hardly have time for anything. Take -outs have been our best friends. I can only wind down by catching a glimpse of my google reader (500+ unread posts) and 15 to 30 minutes knitting before bedtime just to keep me sane.
Because of that, Lady Grey has been neglected. On a slightly different note, Geodesic is progressing rather nicely though slowly. I finished the body and am working on the sleeves. I can’t wait to finish it so I can move on to another project.
In spite of the craziness at work, I did go to the first class of my pattern drafting class at Eddie’s Quilting Bee in Sunnyvale. You may ask, why is quilt shop offering a pattern drafting class. Let me tell you my friend, where I live at the heart of Silicon Valley, there isn’t any good independent apparel fabric shops around. The only places to shop are big box stores like Jo-Ann or the all-polyester Fabrics R Us. Decent independent fabric shops are at least 30 miles away (Hart’s Fabrics) or 50 miles away (Stone Mountain & Daughter in Berkeley or Britex in San Francisco). Long story short, this is the only place where I can take somewhat advanced sewing class without having to drive far.
The instructor has a degree in Fashion Design and used to offer custom-made bridal dress so i am sure she is an expert. I’ve been self-taught for the most part so it’s great to just learn a thing or two from the expert. The class is based on the moulage system developed by Ecole Guerre-Lavigne in Paris. Kenneth King who wrote the book that I am using learned it from master pattern drafter Simmin (pronounced Simone) Sethna.
The first meeting focused on taking measurements and doing some math to translate measurement into drafting plan. Next week, and the week after we’ll draft the sloper and sew the muslin. On the last week, the instructor will go over how to customize commercial pattern using the sloper. I am definitely waiting for the last class just because I’ve been so curious about it. Although by glimpsing throug the book, the adjustment is done by superimposing both sloper and commercial pattern together and you would shorten, lengthen, widen what have you. so really sloper is used as a template.