I have been a quiltmaker for more than a decade and a seamstress (loosely defined) since the age of four, but I only recently started to design my own garments. I tell myself, I don’t know what I am doing, but that shouldn’t stop me from trying.
I study books, dig for information on the internet, and experiment in my studio.
Part of what makes my designs interesting and also puzzling is that I use repurposed materials as my textiles.
I am not using yardage, so even if I am using a commercial pattern as the basis for my design, I have to add additional lines and seams to grow my fabric into a garment. Here is my stash of felted wool sweaters filleted and ready to be used as fabric.
To create my patterns, I use an assortment of methods. I like to find garments at the thrift stores that I can cut up and draft patterns from. I used this method when designing Sarah’s sweater.
I like to use simple vintage patterns as slopers. I then add new seam lines to create the final garment. I used this method to make the Spring Frock and the MOD Sweater. Here is the pattern the Spring Frock is based on.
It is based on a vintage Pucci coat pattern. Isn’t it gorgeous?
I build the jacket piece by piece.
The back side.
I will be wearing it at this year’s Object Runway. Now the big question is–what will my models be wearing? I better get down to the studio and figure that out.