Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pattern Drafting Class


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!)

The best part of taking this class at George Brown, though, has been without a doubt the creative environment: Working alongside fashion students, some of whom are working on very vanguard projects, is very inspiring. The intense creative energy is palpable!

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!

13 comments:

  1. Oh how exciting!

    I took an intro to pattern drafting course out here but it was just a LOT of dart manipulation and only construction of half-sized muslins. Your class seems more advanced as it involves grading and drafting pockets and zipper plackets!

    I really wish I was out there to sign up at George Brown! I hope you post about some of the things you learn about drafting dresses and blouses. I'd love to see it!

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    1. Yes, I am planning on going over some of the things I've learned -- as soon as my schedule is a little less crazy!

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  2. Your course sounds so comprehensive and the tutor pretty special! I wish my drafting classes were longer than 4 sessions...I've learned a lot but still feel I have so much more to learn! Looking forward to seeing your tulip skirt all made up and I bet you'll make some pretty blouses/dresses for the next round ;o)

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    1. I also feel there is so much more to learn!

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    2. I had one week drafting class and it could been a lifetime weekly commitment and i would feel i haven't learn it all.. how amazing..

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  3. Thanks for your review of the class at George Brown. I looked at it when I lived in Toronto but never had the gumption to sign up. I'm due back in the city this summer and your review may have just convinced me to look into it for next fall - thanks!

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    1. George Brown offers a lot of great classes, including bloc making and several levels of pattern drafting, yes!

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  4. So jealous. SO. JEALOUS. I've looked into something similar here in Montreal but everything is in French unless I want to pay a private tutor....

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  5. Great post! I can't wait to see your new creations! Is that the tulip skirt in the first photo?

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  6. Oh my how lucky you are to have such an amazing resource on your doorstep. Enjoy immersing yourself for those 3 hours per week. How could you not though right?

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  7. It sounds like a really fantastic class. I just loved your polka dot dress; such a cool duo of colours together, and you look absolutely gorgeous in it!!

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  8. Oh nice! I am planning on taking the Pattern Making course in the summer through Seneca College. Not sure how good it is. Do you know anybody who took it? Nice to read your thoughts on the George Brown course.

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