Trying out a blazer pattern ❤️
Hey you dollings!
I hope everything is peaceful at your side of the globe. There's so much going on around, but despite that I wish you are hanging in there. At least that is what I am trying to do :) Things are okay here in my town, family is doing well, and thankfully, I am still able to do the things I love. I wish you the best as always.
New-to-me projectLast month, I committed to creating a pattern set for a suit (blazer jacket and skirt) for a Made to Move Classic/Regular Barbie. I've never done one before, so it was both exciting and a bit scary ;D Well, basically, it's a giveaway prize at a facebook group I am hosting. I started late with this project/commitment than planned because I had backlog work, which was mainly another prize giveaway. Until now, I am still bad at resource management; it's annoying. But what can I do? My real, ultimate talent is putting as much on my plate without checking my previous commitments. I know, right? Sigh...
But anyways, here I am still trying to keep up with my uber-driven self.
So I had been drafting several blazer patterns for the last two weeks, I think, and have managed to prototype five. To be honest, I was just like on cloud 9 making each one of these, learning my way as I go. I started documenting my changes only later in the entire project, but I'll try to remember and list the things I learned so far. Who knows? Someone new to this miniature fashion design venture might just, in the future, find this post useful.
Adapting a similar pattern to create a new oneSo I started my first prototype with a pattern I adapted from my existing shift dress pattern. I thought that the shape of the sleeve hole will look nice on a blazer, too. I added some ease, changed the neckline, created a center front, added some sleeve length, among other tiny changes here and there.
This step is rather different from my usual. What works for me is draping a piece of clothing or sturdy kitchen paper on the doll, then fold darts and draw lines to get the shape I want. But since this garment is an outerwear and does not require to fit the body shape, I thought I really need to draft based on measurements.
|Drafting the first pattern from a shift dress pattern|
Here's pretty much my muslin/toile/pre-prototype of sorts, complete with the shawl collar/lapel.
|This one does not have a lining yet, which made it lay flat and nicely on the doll...|
Since I liked the way the muslin draped on the doll's body, I proceeded with some fabrics I thought would be perfect for the blazer. I chose all woven fabrics, in light colors. The main fabric is an italian cotton shirting, the lining is gina silk and the lapel I believe is charmeuse.
|Tamica modelling the first prototype|
I remember being happy about it, except that I became ambitious and wanted to add darts at the back. I didn't put any at first because I wanted it to be a loose, relaxed blazer. But somehow, I changed my mind and went on to update it and added some back darts.
|Prototype 2 looks good but...|
|The back darts were too wide apart...|
So, up next is the third pattern alteration, but using a different set of fabrics. Turns out, the design does not call for them.
|this pattern 3 fabric choice was a no, |
but perhaps the pattern could work with the old fabrics.
|I actually quite like this 4th version.|
Actually, I was really happy with this version. There are only very tiny things to tweak.
When curiosity strikes...
But then again as I was browsing through social media, I stumbled upon the really awesome works of Instagram's @dolldressmaker. I'm a fan of this talented young man and I was so inspired to see his latest Homme suits. I thought, maybe I could try making a simpler version for my girls, too? He's on facebook, too and posts his works at the Facebook crafting group, Barbie Sewing Club.
I didn't know how I fell into yet another black hole of curiosity, but yeah I then watched a lot of youtube videos on how to make blazers. But among the many hours spent curling up in a corner, absorbing as much info as I can, my favorites are the ones from Dami Dimension. I love this girl; such a beauty, very talented, and super generous of her knowledge. This video teaches you how to draft your own blazer pattern:
and this one below, is for constructing/sewing the garment.
The blazer she made for herself is just gorgeous, isn't it?
So, I did try it on my MtM gal. And like how I feared it to be, human-based patterns almost always look too bulky on our sixth-scale fashionistas.
|I enjoyed learning to draft each of these lining and main fabric pattern pieces...|
|I learned to appreciate the importance of pressing the seams...|
|Tapping into my trusty basting technique..|
|And just seeing how each pattern make a whole...|
So, yeah.. I know I detoured, but like most detours I do with my work at atelierniSHASHA, it's always a blissful one:D
So, what next?After having collected so much learning from the past two weeks, I am again very excited to draft the next pattern. My sixth pattern, which I did earlier this morning, will be an alteration of the fourth one, with again small changes here and there.
|Sixth pattern. Crossing fingers she's the one, but regardless of the outcome,|
I'm sure the process is all worth it.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, dollings and thanks so much for reading through my messy collection of thoughts again.