Tracing paper tip

It seems that I’m always looking for a way to organize or to make things more efficient or practical. While designing a dress the other day, I thought about how much I used to dislike using tracing paper. That is until I took a fine dressmaking class. It was then, that my opinion about tracing paper changed! I was so excited, because the thought of transferring all the marks and symbols on the pattern didn’t dampen my excitement of sewing.
This is my very first video. I was really nervous! I hope the information is useful to you.

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Agheveagh~ from the field of the old tree (Irish)

Have you ever gone to a fabric store, or in my case, the garment district or the swap meet and found the most interesting fabric and just fell in love??? That’s what it was like when I saw this fabric. For a couple years, I struggled with wanting to make something with it and wanting to keep it.  If I made something with it, I’d no longer have yardage! What to do????

After a lot of thinking and planning for my future, I decided that I needed to work on my pattern drafting as well as certain techniques and skills.  I decided that what I need to do is just get busy designing, drafting and sewing and what better way to do this, than to use fabric from my stash?  I love a challenge, so choosing fabrics from my stash was a perfect idea.

 The fashion fabric I used can be described as looking like camo, a tree trunk or dry parched land.  When I see it, I see a tree trunk.

For the dress, I used the tree-like knit fabric.  I underlined the bodice with black power mesh.  For the underskirt, I used black swimsuit fabric as well as black power mesh and matte net tulle.  I also bought black party taffeta, but didn’t end up using it.



 Because the fabric is a knit, I decided to leave the hem, un-hemmed. I like the unfinished look of this “tree” look.

I drafted all the pattern piece one time and got the results I wanted.  This is very encouraging for me because it lets me know, I have an understanding of patterns.  I can visualize with some accuracy, how they’ll turn out.  I may not be as successful with a woven fabric.

 I’m so please with how the hood turned out!  I drafted the pattern and got it right the first time.


 It turned out better than I could have expected!

Back view, showing the hood tail.

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Sleeve detail.



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