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« on: April 09, 2009 12:03:42 AM »

So, febuary this year I started a fashion design course. I went into the class not knowing a thing about sewing, pattern making or anything, only a hugr interest in fashion and a creative mind.

For most of the term we have been learing sewing basics, pattern making basics and fashion history. We have been sewing ugly clothes in ugly fabrics, I didn't feel very inspired.

At the end of last week most of my class went onto waistcoats. I was still struggling with my dress. However on tuesday I decided to take a break from the dress and work on my waistcoat because well...waistcoats are like the coolest fabric ever. I decided to do mine in my size, because most of the class work we do is in standard size NZ 12, and i'm a 6.
First of all I had to make a bodice block in my size, for something to base my pattern off, and also for size 6 dresses and shirts. After making my block I made my pattern. I decided I wanted to make a short waistcoat, with the front coming to two sharp points.

Yesterday morning I went over my pattern to make sure it was how I wanted it, cut it out and made a toile. After trying on my toile I changed my pattern around a bit, so it would fit better on me. I started looking through the classroom for fabric I wanted to sew it out of, but couldn't find anything in the big box we have. So my tutor OH MY GOSH, she opens up this door and it was a huge room full of fabric! My eyes fell upon a really cool paisley print, but after picking it up I realised it was far too thin to make my waistcoat out of, but held on to it, just in case. Then I looked up on a shelf and found a nice dark green velvet, and knew it would go GREAT with my paisley. So I cut out my fabric and then I had to go home before I go the chance to sew it.

This morning I was the first person to class, even beating my tutor! (Well, she was on hour late...) I spent all day working on it, worked right through lunch only stopping for a few quick cigarette breaks. My class was amazed, I am never this focussed! At 4 this afternoon I was finally finished, and after that big long story, here it is...


Back(It's not as uneven as it looks, just kinda sitting weird on my skirt):

« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2009 01:44:51 AM »

Great job! The fabrics go excellently together. Wear it with pride!
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2009 01:57:56 AM »

Great job! The fabrics go excellently together. Wear it with pride!

Thank you! I was really happy about finding both those fabrics!!!
I will proudly wear it, I'm so happy with it, eve if I did curve the bust seams out a little too much!
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2009 05:57:04 AM »

The velvet is such a good choice Smiley I love the shape you gave it at the front - bravo!

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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2009 11:54:13 AM »

I love the shape of it! And the velvet works perfectly!! *wiiiist*

« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2009 03:24:14 PM »

Thanks, both of you! =)
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2009 10:47:02 PM »

That is beautiful!
I love green, I love vests and I love that brocadey lookin lining too. They blend beautifully. I love it. I can't say it enough...

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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2009 05:15:40 PM »

So beautiful! Are you going to put any fasteners on it, or just wear it open? It would look beautiful either way!

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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2009 05:18:43 PM »

Thank you, thank you!

So beautiful! Are you going to put any fasteners on it, or just wear it open? It would look beautiful either way!
I'm not sure yet, I am thinking either a large-ish button or hook and eye just at the top. But at the same time, I like it just how it is, and probably wouldn't do it up anyway.
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