This page discusses the process of developing a pencil skirt pattern and the truing steps as it is being drafted. As a fashion student it’s always nice to have a resource for refreshing your memory, if you need to. As a designer myself I can appreciate that very much and I’m happy to share my strong points of development with you. Just to refresh your memory that is.
As you know that before we can develop any pattern we must use a master block to draft from. This is a primary starting point that some designers don’t actually understand in terms of the development process. As pattern making goes the first part of any development is the tracing of the master template on paper to create a design pattern. Then establish the size parameters and walk out the pattern pieces to the specified measurements, lengths and widths. This is covered in this first video as you can watch to learn:
I love making patterns. In these videos I walk you through some of the important elements of developing a simple pencil skirt pattern that I often make for local Atlanta, GA designers I have contracts with. They are a culmination of my talents and expertise as a pattern maker and expert sewer.
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Skirts are an important part of any wardrobe or collection in the fashion industry. The French designer Christian Dior introduced the classic modern pencil skirt in the late 1940s, using the term H-line to describe its shape. It is in stark contrast to Dior’s full-skirted New Look in his “A-line”. The pencil skirt quickly became very popular, particularly for office wear. This success was due to women’s desire for new fashions in the wake of Second World War rationing, coupled with the austere economic climate, when fabrics were expensive. The pencil skirt feels different from looser skirts, and can take some adjustment by the wearer in terms of movement and posture in order to manage it successfully. Walking needs to be done in short strides; entering and leaving a car gracefully takes practice; and when sitting the legs are held close together which some find restrictive (though others like the feeling of their legs being “hugged” by the skirt). Activities such as climbing ladders and riding bicycles can be very difficult in a pencil skirt. The pencil skirt is warmer due to the reduced ventilation, and is less likely to be blown up by gusts of wind.
What really helped me understand pattern drafting is Natalie Bray’s Book Dress Pattern Designing. The techniques Natalie Bray pioneered and perfected revolutionized dress pattern designing, assisting the rise of the modern fashion industry. Her teaching has had a profound influence on design, production and education and her works are classics: fashions change but the principles of designing patterns in the flat do not. Is a quote from the Amazon catalog that I indorse whole heatedly.
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Stay tuned for the next video on the master pattern development process by Natalie Bray… where I show you how I use the book to learn all the details about the master Block.
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