Sometimes I come up with style ideas for new projects, or styling details that I’d like to follow up on later. The problem is that I have no way to record them – a textual description doesn’t capture the vision that’s in my head, and it means nothing to me weeks and months later.
Also, I look towards a potential future of creating garments for others – where it would be useful for both myself and the client to have a clear picture in our heads of what we’re working towards. So, I saw illustration skills of some sort as an important thing for me to effectively create original designs.
With those thoughts, I enrolled in the introductory class in Fashion Illustration at City College of San Francisco. The instructor is Paul Gallo, whose classes I have taken before, and is an excellent instructor. He has two classes in draping and bias design on Craftsy. I had a great deal of trepidation leading into this class – I don’t really think of myself as an artist or illustrator – but I am familiar with Paul’s teaching style and figured if anyone would make this topic comfortable, he would be it. Continue reading
My personal sewing projects have ground to a halt, because of two classes I am currently taking at City College of San Francisco. But I am not complaining; both of them have been exciting and enriching.
The Moulage is a class taught by Lynda Maynard. She is an expert in couture sewing and fitting techniques, and the author of two books: one on couture sewing techniques, and a self-published book on fit. She also has several Craftsy classes available, and I’ve just purchased her fitting class.
What is Moulage?
Moulage is a pattern-drafting system that aims to produce a skin-tight garment that fits your torso from neckline to hip, based on measurements. I am told the word “moulage” translates from the French as “mold”, a way of molding a garment to your body.
The finished moulage can be used as-is for certain types of garments, including those for knits. But typically you use it as the starting point for making patterns of other types of garments. More on this later. Continue reading
I have successfully finished my course in Fashion Draping at City College of San Francisco!
I actually presented the final project about a month ago, and grades came out two weeks later; I’m catching up on my blogging. (Rest assured the final article in the Shirt Fitting series is forthcoming).
The final project for my draping class was to create our own original garment, using all of the skills we learned in class over the course of the semester. It had to be a complete look that covered the body; for example just draping a skirt wasn’t allowed.
Please rest assured, this hasn’t (permanently) turned into a women’s sewing blog. I have a shirtmaking project in the works that I plan a big blog series about – if you want to see the sneak preview I’ve been posting pictures on my Instagram feed, @lineofselvage.
In the meantime, here’s an update on my progress in the Fashion Draping course I’m taking at City College of San Francisco. Since the midterm, we’ve done projects including draping flared skirts, dartless torsos, fitted torsos, and draping with knits. But two projects stand out.
A bustier is a strapless bodice top that fits very closely to the body (though you can add a strap to it once draped). It is different from a corset in that the bustier sits right on the body, while a corset is actually smaller than the body.
Ideally, the shaping in a bustier is accomplished by seams. Each seam provides a place where the fabric can be sculpted and shaped over the body. One requirement is that a seam of some sort crosses the bust point, or the apex of the bust. This allows for shaping of the bust area.
We use draping tape to mark the style lines of the design. Each line becomes a seam in the bustier, and is also part of the design. Everyone was encouraged to make their own original design; mine had many style lines and curves.
This is a men’s sewing blog – even the tagline claims “by men, for men”, but I have to stop and tell you all about the first dress I made in my Fashion Draping course!
Doesn’t my dress form look sensational in her cotton broadcloth dress? She’s ready to wheel down the runway.