Now before I did the layout of the blocks I looked for a print shop that could make me a print out of the finished pattern. I settled on Staples, you got to love that place, however, unlike the Staples printing services that offer affordable printing for custom oversized print outs, Canadian Staples only offer print jobs that fit into poster sized layouts. This being 24 by 36 inches and 22 by 79 inches. Not bad but I would have liked having the US oversized Staples options available. Oh well, this will be good too.
I decided to make the front blocks pink and the back blocks green just so it would look pretty on my blog, but if I was sending this out to a client, I think I'd better stick with black. It's more professional, unless of course they like the color idea.
Now I have to find out how much it's going to cost to get this printed out for the prototype garment. If it's a bit too pricey for me right now, I guess I'll 'cut' the layout up in Adobe Photoshop and print the little letter size portions out on my HP and tape it all together. I'll only do that though if I get too impatient and someone isn't ready to send any work my way in the coming week.
This is so neat to be sewing up my own pattern. I know that it's going to be a big learning/thrill experience that will help me gain some terrific insight into patternmaking. However, I've got my worries too, such as
1. how relaxed and puffy will the gathers in the skirt and tulip sleeves look? I want it to look really floral, not tired
2. will the darts in the bodice allow the bodice to sit nicely on the bust area?
3. how will the wide, deep neckline sit on the shoulders and neck? (I took care of the gaposis issue following Connie's advice in her book "Patternmaking Made Easy" but you never know right with one this large, I'll learn through this experience)
4. how will the hem facing affect the hang and 'puff' of the tulip skirt? I hope it won't be too heavy
5. how will the bias cut effect the hang and puff of the tulip sleeves? Again, I want them to look floral not droopy, at the same time though I didn't want to give it a normal hem and stitchy up the edge of these "flowers" so I took up Roberta Carr's suggestion in her book "Couture: The Art Of Fine Sewing"
6. I cut the side seams of the bodice band at an angle matching the angle of the bodice side seams and I'm wondering if it'll allow the bodice to sit right and look okay while gently anchoring the garment just below the bustline?
So I'm apprehensive, excited and even a little scared, but my curiosity of course has got the better of me which is a good thing.
Soon as I have the esemble complete I'll post it here on my blog, but that may be awhile so the next several posts will mostly likely cover patternmaking issues/discoveries I make through working with my clients and so on.
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