My version of sketching.

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When I design I don’t sketch the finished design – like what you can see on the right side of the page spread, I sketch the pattern roughly first (image on ruled paper), then I cut and sew the garment up, designing on the mannequin and body as I go, and then will sketch the pattern further as it gets more resolved and I might sketch the finished garment afterwards. I do this because otherwise I am limiting myself, shutting down ideas of form and fall before they have even formed. So, for me a pattern is a sketch.

The design in the image above was a bit of an experiment in fast 2D/3D sketching. I wanted a draped knit coat/cardigan and a pair of track-pants for mooching around the house in. The fabric I got was 169cm wide so I had an extra piece about 45cm wide on the side that i could use for something else, so I made a very simple asymmetrical tshirt – really just a rectangle with irregularly placed neck and arm holes. So out of 2m x 1.69m of end of roll, NZ made black merino knit fabric, I got three items I needed, but with the added bonus of being zero waste and much better looking than your average pair of trackies, cardy and tshirt… All for $40 and 4 hours of my time

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3 responses

  1. keanferin

    any chance of seeing what they came out looking like?

    September 23, 2012 at 6:35 am

  2. keanferin

    any chance of seeing what the final outcome was? totally interested!

    September 23, 2012 at 6:35 am

  3. natalie

    I too would love to see the finished product. I very keen to give this a go myself but too ‘scared’ of creating more waste in the process. Do you sell patterns that I could have a go with to gain confidence on?

    January 27, 2013 at 9:47 am

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