Most of my posts have been focusing on designing fabric. I also am working on designing sewing patterns. One of the first patterns I designed was my zig-zag dress.
I started with a sketch, draped the dress, and converted it to a paper pattern. Once I made up my first version of the dress, I was in love.
The pattern was easy to make and flattering to most figures. I decided to use it for my first Renelope pattern. I digitized my original pattern and began the instructions. There are a lot of steps involved in creating a pattern! I made another version in a silk charmeuse during the process.
Then I started grading the pattern. This took an number of tries because of the diagonal pattern pieces. I probably created well over 10 versions until I got one where all sizes lined up correctly. I created some half-size pattern models to true the pattern once it was graded.
Once I had a good working copy, I asked a number of members of the Haute Couture Club of Chicago to test the pattern for me. Each of them made up the pattern in a different size. Their feedback has been very helpful in tweaking the design.
It’s exciting to see how how the pattern has been used to create so many different looks. I made another version with fabric painting, sequins and beads. Here’s a version by Susan Gerbosi with a dramatic lace overlay on the waist panel. I love the version Antoinette Eugene is working on using the Alabama Chanin technique. Mary Kay Blaschke used two versions of the same print and added a back coral trim at the neckline.
I have created a pdf version of the pattern and a printed version. The printed version includes all sizes and is printed in color. The pdf version can be printed in black and white and either taped together or taken to a copy shop.
I’m also working to complete the instructions for my wide-leg jeans and puffball blouse patterns . I hope to have both patterns available for sale shortly.