Hey everyone, I'm new here and I've been aving a good ol' gander through the forums, some really great info and projects!
I apologise in advcance for what I am sure will be an epic long post...
I need a little help with a few things I have in mind, so here we go!
I'm not new to sewing, ten years of making and modifying my own clothing and I can manage commerical patterns pretty well, but I have grand ideas of having my own made-to-order clothing line which, in some small way, I have been making a few prototypes for
I have never modified a pattern, and by that I don't mean simple things like shortening a skirt length or changing a collar (which is easy and I don't consider really 'modifying')
I mean full on modification! ie: using a basic pattern as a base and completely altering the overall outcome
For example, taking a basic zip up hoodie and ending up with a 3/4 pointed hem fleece tailcoat with flared sleeves, a pointed hood and clasp fastenings with PVC piping detailing
I want to be able to add buckles/lacing detail to trousers as I also want to do menswear and have my boyfriend on hand to be my guinea pig, make cut-out panels in items without it looking like I hacked it with blunt scissors and completely change the ultimate shape and design of things
This scares the life out of me, but looks oh-so delicious in my head!
I am fully aware that the best thing to do would be to draft my own patterns using a basic block/sloper... but this I have never tried and wouldn't know where to begin
And it will obviously need to be available in sizes other than my own
Basic patterns seem to make much more sense to me, so I can (hopefully) add and take away with ease
Another thing is sewing with more.... 'unusual' fabrics, like clear vinyl (think the 'Drastic Plastic' line by Lip Service)
My first thought would be to invest in some leather needles for my machine, but then again I don't really know as my machine has never had anything stranger than long-pile monster fur through it!
I need some fancier parts for my machine other than the basic presser and zipper foot, this is easily sourced though!
Oh, and ballpoint needles, I sewed lycra for the first time over the weekend and by the end of it I wanted to throw my machine out the window... worked all right though!
Any info, tips, links and general encouragement are much appreciated!
I'm aware I'm taking on a lot here and will probably drive myself to an early grave, but it's worth it