In this three day workshop you can focus on either A: using your moulage to pad and cover a custom dressform or B: use your moulage to create a set of custom basic patterns drafted to fit you. The process for accomplishing both is very similar.
On day 1 everyone will draft a skin tight moulage and sew it together. We’ll work on perfecting the fit and transfer any changes back to your moulage.
On day 2, those wishing to make a custom dressform will add contoured bust shaping to their moulage pattern and begin to pad the dressform to shape. The dressform cover will be sewn from heavyweight muslin (provided) and make any final fit adjustments before sewing the cover in place.
If you are interested in using your moulage to create a custom sloper, you’ll make the necessary changes to your moulage. You’ll cut and fit a basic bodice, skirt and sleeve sloper. The sloper can be used as the basis for creating custom patterns. We will also experiment with dart manipulation and learn how to reposition darts and seams for better fit as well as how to compare your sloper to a commercial pattern and evaluate for fitting changes.
For those making a dressform, on day 3 we’ll continue to adjust the dressform padding if necessary and sew the cover in place. You’ll then steam the cover to tighten up the fit and mark balance lines to complete the form.
If you are working on personal sloper patterns, we’ll continue the fitting process. We’ll also work on variations of the basic pattern you would like such as flared skirts and neckline variations.
Pattern drafting is a broad subject and would be impossible to cover in a three day class. The intent is to give you an understanding of how a basic pattern works and how to evaluate your own fitting issues. The process of taking body measurements, drafting and fitting a pattern to your body will demystify many common fitting problems.
Drafting a moulage also provides a solid basis for tackling fit issues. You’ll also be able to add ease to your moulage draft and create personal sloper patterns. The primary advantage of padding your own form is that you now have the ability to adjust the form larger or smaller if your weight changes. While having a custom sized dress form is easier than making your own, you can’t make it smaller and you might be unsure of how to make it larger if necessary.
Those interested in creating a dressform should have solid intermediate sewing skills. You should be able to accurately take body measurements, cut and sew a pattern accurately, and proficient at basic hand stitches. You will need to bring or have shipped a professional style dressform to class. Please consult me prior to purchasing a form. The number 1 mistake students make is in buying a form too large. We can always add padding but if your form is too large (especially in the shoulder area) it will be unworkable. I also provide heavyweight muslin as I’ve found students often bring muslin that is too soft and doesn’t give professional quality results. A detailed supply list will be send prior to class and you can always consult me if unsure. A basic sewing machine is necessary as well as usual sewing tools.
Creating basic sloper patterns isn’t as technical as the dressform. Those who have made several garments and have an understanding of how to cut and sew a simple pattern will be fine. Hand sewing is not necessary. You will need a basic sewing machine and your usual sewing tools.
Drafting supplies plus professional quality muslin will be provided. In order to ensure everyone receives personal attention, the class is limited to 6 participants. You must be COVID vaccinated to attend.
The workshop will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL. It is the same location as the January 3-7 class. Class hours are 9 AM to 5:30 PM. Cost of the workshop is $800 which includes all drafting equipment and professional quality muslin. A deposit of $200 will secure your place. The balance of $600 ($575 if paid by check) is due by December 10, 2021. Cancellations prior to December 10, 2021 will receive a full refund less a $50 administrative fee. No refunds for cancellations after December 10, 2021 unless your spot can be filled.
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This workshop is taught by Mary Funt who has designed and created custom bridal/formal wear for over 25 years. She has extensive experience in pattern drafting and fitting.