Congratulations to Kathy (from central west NSW) and Seraphinalina, your numbers came up when I did a random number generator and I’ll be drafting you a pants block. Please email me and I will send you the details. The first testers are going well, I hope to be able to offer this service soon but not before it’s user-friendly!
I spent a little time today playing with paper and rotating darts, then uploaded the spick and span pretty shiny new copy of the 45″ bust Blank Canvas Tee. It’s a tidier version (still hand drawn) and better proportioned. Thank you to everyone who has given me feedback about the tee, I think I’m close to being happy with it.
I think future “hacks” will be available as .pdfs and the posts about them will hit the high points of construction rather that going in depth. That seems the simplest way to present the information…
While I waited for the pattern pages to scan, I took a few photos to illustrate the point that the width and depth of darts directly affects the curve of the fabric. Fabric is flat; darts introduce depth as you work them into a garment. It’s one of those simple concepts I found hard to grasp at first when I was learning about patterns.
When you alter a pattern in the bust area, whether an FBA or SBA, you add or remove width from the garment. With an FBA, you add width and the darts become wider (sometimes it’s best to divide them). With an SBA, you remove width and the darts will become narrower.
I first drew a small dart, then medium, and a larger dart. Then I did a second dart to illustrate that multiple darts allow a more controlled (and more pronounced) curve.
Tomorrow- More Casual Vintage, from re-watching of season 2 Mad Men…