For the past two and a half months, every Tuesdays and Thursdays, I've been heading to George Brown College for my 3-hour pattern drafting class. It's been quite an intense time-commitment, but I've learned a lot.
Although at times the pace of the class felt too slow, the good thing was that Nick, our instructor, was always responsive to our feedback. I made a total of four requests and all four of them were fulfilled: grading skirts and pants, drafting welt pockets, drafting a zipper placket. Most useful of all, I learned the theory behind pattern drafting, which has opened my eyes to "think like a pattern drafter" and which will lead to further independent learning down the road, without a doubt.
Nick had tons of interesting anecdotes and stories for us, from his days as a buyer for a luxury Canadian department store. Those stories alone made the class worthwhile for me. He's traveled all around the world within the fashion industry and has even met most of the big designers, such as Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta. (So cool!)
Often-times, what they're wearing is a real feast for the eyes, too. Last week, I saw a girl in a beauty of a coat. It looked straight out of a Balenciaga runway in a deep green alpaca wool which stood in almost ethereal contrast to her complexion... I was so taken, I nearly tripped over!
Last week was our last class for Pattern Drafting I, which covered skirts and pants. In a few weeks we'll be starting Pattern Drafting II, for blouses and dresses. And I can't wait for that. Most particularly, I'm eagerly awaiting the Japanese dress designs we've been promised. I'll be able to use more of it for myself, I feel, because skirts are usually something I avoid. Although I have drafted a tulip skirt pattern that I'm dying to make as soon as my thesis is over. (By the way, for my Toronto readers, I think it's probably not too late to sign up if you want to join me for level II. You can check the website to see if there are any spots left.)
In other news, I've been wearing my Polka Dot Frock Fest dress a lot this week, for the simple reason that I'm insanely busy and that I can't be bothered to think about what to wear. Don't you love how a dress and tights get the job done? I highly recommend it -- for my male readers too! Anywhoo, I've taken your advice and decided not to top-stitch the pleats. I've been getting lots of compliments on the dress, so it must have been the right decision. Thanks for all those who chipped in.
Happy sewing everyone!