When you learn to ride a bike it feels a bit scary. At the beginning instructions don’t seem to help with self doubt. You need a helping hand around. It is hard to let go of fear. As you progress; in no time you start shouting… “look mom, no hands”.
Now substitute the expression “ride a bike” for free hand cutting. Look peeps, no patterns!
I already talked about my first experience with free hand cutting so I won’t delve too much on the methodology. The pattern that stood out for me was the Peplum Dress.
The book is divided by two main areas: creating blocks and block manipulations. There are 15 ‘projects’ with accompanying sewing instructions. The whole styling of the book is very modern and the variety of projects will cater for everyone. The book approach is relax and jargon free. Previous sewing experiences is not required but I would say is preferable. The best think about the book is that is not size-restricted. No need for fitting alterations either. Do get measured properly.
Returning to my project: It uses the dress block and the circle instructions. I did find the whole process a lot easier this time around and courageously went straight for the suiting fabric. A mix of viscose, spandex and poly. It has a lovely drape and I can ‘drop like it’s hot’ without busting my seams. Just the right combination of structure and give. You can adapt the blocks to suit you. The only thing I did adjust was not adding the front darts. The block includes seam allowances and each section of the pattern has its own fabric calculations that you must add.The dress block creates a very body contouring design even without adding the fisheye darts. It would add more shape and bust line definition however I felt a column effect would suit best because the dress is already fitted. I love the final result.
I’m half way there on my winter plans. Not even sorry about the amount of black & solid colours projects over here. I had an unbalanced handmade wardrobe. Yes, I love colour and prints. They will return eventually. Shame Black is such a hard colour to photograph. Not even gonna mention how awful lighting is this time of the year.
That it. I was the last person on the blog tour but you can revisit all the previous projects.
I have a copy to give to a UK resident. ( Sorry international readers).
To win, you only need to comment over the blog. Say whatever you want. Favourite cocktail, last holiday, christmas plans, ask more about the book etc. Let me get to know you a bit better. (I won’t accept IG and Twitter comments).Deadline:21/11