**Pictures to come tomorrow. I waited too long today and then it got dark. (Nature does that, you know. 🙂 )** Have you ever started a project that has taken ten times longer than you thought? I did that last weekend. I had Friday off work for a state holiday, and I thought that… Read More Lesson Learned
It has been harder than I thought to adjust to working 40 hours every week again. Even though we leave early on Fridays, I still haven’t gotten used to having less time for fun projects. This week I have been looking at coats; I have some navy wool/cashmere fabric waiting in the stash to be… Read More The Search for the Perfect Coat
It’s finally finished! After fitting the last sample and making changes to the pattern I am much happier with the resulting tank top. The armholes fit better and I like the length. I ran out of the black jersey, but feel that having two blue layers make it more wearable. For contrast, the bottom layer… Read More Double Layer Tank- Finished!
Just a quick update on the completely unauthentic kimono-style bathrobe. Since I started my new job, my goal has been to sew at least 30 minutes every day and this week I was able to finish this project using that time. I have a longer post in the works detailing the process, but that won’t… Read More Finished Project: Completely Unathentic Japanese Kimono-style Bathrobe
I am a very lazy efficient person. And I spill my pins a lot, but don’t like picking them up. I knock the pins over about once during every project. So I had the idea to use a magnet to pick up all the pins. Mostly I found small magnets, but I wanted something bigger.… Read More “Efficiency” aka Laziness
This weekend I actually had time to begin work on some long-planned projects. I worked the last shift at my old job and have had a couple of days to relax before starting my new position. I have been collecting fabric since I was a teenager, and my goal for this year is to use… Read More Sewing on the Holiday Weekend
I cut and sewed the first sample of the double layer tank top. After trying it on, I am going to make the following revisions: Add ½ inch overall to the armscye to increase coverage. Shorten the length by 3 inches. Shift the side seams, taking about ½ to ¾ inch from the… Read More Double Layer Tank- 1st Sample
I love the Pattern Magic books. I had even bought them before they had been translated into English. Recently, I pulled them out for some inspiration. Here are my top 5 favorite designs from books 1 & 2. 1.Pinafore with kakurenbo design- This design is so unique and creative. While I wouldn’t wear this as… Read More Top 5 Favorite Pattern Magic Designs
I have a tank top from Talbots that is my favorite to wear. Sadly, it’s no longer available, so I decided to make a “knock-off”, with a few customizations. The new tank top will be a super casual, double layer tank top. To start, I folded the top in half, and marked the center front/center… Read More Double Layer Tank- Part 1
Welcome to Pattern Synthesis. As time goes on, you’ll see posts chronicling my exploration of drafting, draping and garment construction. I will focus on creating accurate patterns as well as the process of creating garments from sketch to pattern to finished piece. Feel free to comment and link to other interesting items relating to pattern… Read More Welcome!