One of the perks of this job is working (is it really work?) on garment projects. We received new fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics and I made a lovely skirt using their new denim line. I haven’t sewn much with denim, but this particular fabric is buttery soft, with a tiny bit of stretch. The print is called Painterly Wash and I can imagine sewing this in a variety of garments. A dress would be darn cute. This skirt is self-drafted (one of my favorite sewing skills) and has box pleats in the front and back.
The weight and color of the fabric make it perfect for spring, summer and even into fall. I’m a stickler for lining garments, but I didn’t line this one. It gives it a much lighter, springy feel to it.
This type of garment is easy to draft on your own. It’s basically a large rectangle with pleats drawn in, evenly spaced through out the garment. Of course, that’s simplifying the process quite a bit, but once you start drafting your own patterns you’ll be amazed at how easy it really is. One of my favorite sewing skills is pattern drafting. I draft skirts because those are the garments I sew the most of.
I would love to know if you’re interested in learning how to draft your own patterns or if you do just fine with purchased patterns. What other sewing skills and techniques would you like to learn?
Let me know in the comments section below!
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