I had a week to drape a sheath dress, pattern it out with an all in one facing and sew it with zipper and kick pleat. Doesn't sound so bad, but there's just one problem...I don't know how to drape. It just doesn't come naturally to me. Last Friday I worked for 5 hours draping and then working out the pattern pieces only to realize that the pattern was total crap! It was awful! Nothing balanced! The fronts and backs didn't match at all and it wasn't fixable. I broke down and gave up. I was a devastating day.
Monday I tried again with much better results. 6 hours later I had a draped design, and most of a pattern. It seemed to fit the dress form pretty well too. Whew! I finished it last night (made patterns for the facings, interfacings and figured out the kick pleat). Then I sewed. On top of that I had to finish 20 concept sketches, 3 flats of Theory outfits, and a research paper. I was done with my dress except hand stitching down the facing to the zipper tape.
The drape was frustrating and so was sewing the damn thing. It was going really smoothly until I got to the facing. My instructor told me I could install the zipper first in the CB. Bad idea! I ended up with mobius strip from hell and had to rip out part of the facing and sew it the home sewing way. I sewed the shoulder seams of the fashion fabric then tucked the facing shoulder seams in and hand-stitched. Not perfect and I thought it looked gross, but my teacher didn't notice.
It was one of the better dresses in the class.
Here's a cruddy cell phone picture from class:
Wow! It's interesting to see just how bad a photo makes my dress look! I hate this muslin too. You press it, and it wrinkles again in 5 seconds.
I have so much homework this week, but the Boyfriend is moving in, so that will be nice. Just hectic. I don't know how I'm going to fit everything in!