Any way, I sewed the curved/petal ends of the sleeves, clipped and pressed the seams, then went to work on the bodice waistband, adjusting the length to fit the bodice's alterations I did a few weeks ago. Turns out, I had made it about in inch longer than I intended even if the pattern didn't need alteration. A new rule to remember popped into my head at that point...that I better use CurveCalc to measure and compare all edges that are supposed to be sewn together, I don't know what happened, I think that when I was drafting the bodice's darts I must not have taken the amount out of what was needed for it's waistband.
I ended up having to make the center back seam anyway though and clipping the remaining additional amount away from the ends. Everything turned out great though, the sewing was a lot better than it was on my skirt as well. Practice makes perfect. The other thing to though, that's always been on my side, is whenever I'm not satisfied with my work, I mull over it in my mind about how I should have done it and I'll do this over and over. It seems to add to the actual practice I put in. So now all I have to do is slip stitch in the wrong side of the waistband, gather and sew in the sleeves then put in the buttons. Then I'll be done :) . Here's a picture of the piece so far...
|the waistband only needs to be slip-stitched in now|
As for the buttons I'm thinking now that I want to use those light weight steel foil ball buttons. I'm not going to be sure though till the other sewing is all done.
Now about my patternmaking portfolio, I'm still thinking about what kind of pieces to put it together with. So I was checking out JoeysPatterns.com of Joey Johannson freelance pattern making service, taking a look at the kinds of pieces she put in her online portfolio called "photos of work". She's got photos of the Dresses, Jackets, Tops, Skirts and Pants she did patterns for as they were worn on the runway, beautiful shots. As for the designs themselves, they're a combination of simple to more complex pieces that demonstrate her ability to make a well fitting garment regardless of how many style lines needed to be drafted into the pattern.
She's not a nobody either, she's worked for the likes of Betsy Johnson, Rebecca Taylor, LAMB, Alice and Olivia and many other big name designers. A good example to model my own portfolio from. She also included the flat sketches with the jackets she did. I want to include design illustrations with mine though, I think it reveals an ability to interpret a design better than a more blueprint flat sketch would. Not to criticize her choices though, I love her site, her work and her story, very inspiring. If you'd like to check it out here's the link: http://www.joeyspatterns.com/
As for my own portfolio pieces, I've got to design something that illustrates those kind of skills, but doesn't require me to purchase anything other than what I have already. Soon as I'm done with this I'll have to do some brainstorming about it. Hmm, that's kind of exciting...
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