Pattern progress...My next dress/tunic pattern.November 27, 2013
I am a slow pattern designer as I am full time Mum with no childcare and all my kids are at home...so I can only work at night. I have been working on a new dress/tunic pattern for the past couple of months on and off. You may have seen the first official one here. (I did also make one prior to this - here, but have since decided not to incorporate the sleeves on this version as they are too bulky, being lined, to turn through the narrow shoulder passage when turning right side out).
The pattern is taking me a while as there are many options (five sleeve/bodice options plus tunic length option), and it has also taken me a couple of test runs to establish the best order to construct the dress. Here are two versions you've not yet seen. Sleeveless with optional peter pan collar, and flutter sleeves (tunic length). I have named the pattern, but will let you know all about it closer to the pattern release.
Here is the first one....
This vintage inspired print is too dark to show off the lines of the dress but I think it is still sweet with the contrasting yellow peter pan collar.
This version features flutter sleeves and is tunic length. I opted for just one pocket on this version, whereas the pattern has two.
- Remake strapped version and photograph stages;
- Make short puffed sleeve version and photograph stages;
- Finish (I started a sweet velveteen version a couple of months ago) long puffed sleeve version and photograph;
- Put together the tutorial and all measurement tables
- Have pattern tested
So....there is a bit to do!! I think it might be ready for testing early next year. With December just around the corner, I hope this is an accurate prediction!
Meanwhile, I have been working on another pattern! It is less complicated and I have just finished the prototype tonight.... I did things a bit differently with developing this pattern. I created the pattern completely (grading, digitizing) before making the garment. Previously, I have thought up the design, made it in one size and then worked on grading and digitising. The third pattern I am working on is a knit top/vest, and since it only needs a few tweaks and will be ready before my dress pattern. I have two more versions to make up and then will create the tutorial, put it all together and have the pattern ready for testing.
Please come back tomorrow to see it!!