DRESSMAKING: Of Sketches & Patterns!

Hello!

Wow, I’m amped about todays post although it’s coming in a tad too late. It’s way out of our usual lane but quite interesting, if I may say so.

I plan to bring you more of such informative pieces.

Like three weeks ago I was called up by Lorna Abwonji, a local designer of the brand Mia Mara Creations to come and chronicle the steps she was taking in the making of a dress.

Trust me, my respect for designers was renewed.

I tell you these guys work.

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                                                                                Design Sketch

The amount of work involved in the making of just one dress makes you realise this job is not for the faint-hearted.

Yes, I know there has been complaints of how costly locally designed pieces are but when you calculate the cost of production involved, you understand why.

You need to see this process to get the scope of design work and just how intense it is compared to regular tailoring.

Then the long and unending debate of whether designers are tailors and vice-versa comes in but that is a topic for another day.

The above sketch is how the final product ought to look like.

Let me now take you through the processes involved:

STEP 1: Separating the Leso

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STEP 2: Tracing The Pattern Blocks

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STEP 3: Tracing & Manipulating Front Pattern

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STEP 4: Placing Patterns on Mannequin

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STEP 5: Tracing the Back Pattern & Manipulating It

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STEP 6: Cutting Out The Patterns from Fabric

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STEP 6: Draping Pattern Pieces on Mannequin to See Final Outcome

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…..and that class, is how our final product will look like.

So next time you go to a designer and ask them to make you something, this is the process they have to go through.

This is why it takes time. This is why it costs much. This is why you have to respect designers.

I haven’t even done justice to the process much as I have tried to, but at least now you have an idea.

You can comment below and share with me your experiences with designers and if this piece has been helpful in any way.

Till the next post.

Enjoy your weekend.

Cheers!

Winnie!

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13 comments

  1. kmftalent · September 18, 2015

    Good job Winnie. One gets to appreciate.

  2. Meron Dymphana · September 18, 2015

    wow! Those are a lot of steps and that is a whole lot of work! Respect to designers and tailors!!!! I think I will stick to wearing clothes only cz lately my designing juices have been flowing lately and from what I’ve seen, I might never finish an outfit. Great post.
    fashionstylemogul.com

    • FitnDiscover · September 18, 2015

      IKR! But if you really love it, just start. You will figure your way around & know how to manage.

  3. Mercy · September 18, 2015

    Wow!! Its really not a job for the faint hearted…it just reminded me of construction in math.Good post Winnie

  4. Mia Mara Creations · September 18, 2015

    Thanks Winnie, came out really well. Good job

  5. WANJIRU · September 19, 2015

    Oh nice,
    That’s some well put together steps
    Good Job 😉

    http://www.wanjiruwangethe.me.ke

  6. Nancy · September 22, 2015

    Nice one Winnie but i think you need help coz i know it’s a lot of work and i’m here lol!!

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