Is the name of dressmaking fabric from Tessuti
which is the focus of a sewing competition they are currently running...
could easily describe my thinking processes at the moment as I struggle to
custom-fit a dress pattern to my
This is the fabric, a lovely winter weight blend with a moderate amount of drape.
You can see why Tessuti have named it "Gridlock"!
Make something with this fabric (discounted by 50% for the competition:) and be in the running for a $1000 prize!
A chance to win $1000 is hard to pass up
And I thought this would be a great opportunity to
customise a dress block/pattern for me.
Having a good standard dress block that fits yourself
provides a head start for making dresses, shirts, and jackets.
Half the battle (for me, anyway) of dressmaking is getting the fit right.
I started with this basic dress block that incorporates bust darts and shaping darts at the waist back & front. I made a quick toile to see where modifications needed to be made. What a
demoralising fascinating process this was!!!
I discovered that I have a flat bum - but a hip measurement the same as my bust; my waist line at the front is FOUR inches lowers than the back and my bust point is sagging......
No wonder I have so much trouble buying clothes off the rack.
Here are a couple of my mangled attempts to wrestle this block into (my) shape...
|Slash & spread at the front? No...|
|Here it is sulking in the corner...|
After a week of experimenting, cursing, temper tantrums and advice
Which means I can finally get to the exciting part -
Using the block to create the pattern, then garment that will be my entry in the
Tessuti Gridlock Competition!
I have just about settled on a design for a button-through sleeveless dress that could be worn as is, with a shirt under, or perhaps over leggings or tailored pants.
Here are a few pics from my inspiration folder :)
Cheers for now