[Module 8] Creating a Garment | 3. Introduction

Updated: Jul 13, 2018

'Ability is what you’re capable of doing.

Motivation determines what you do.

Attitude determines how well you do it’

Lou Holtz

I know the quote above is not a fashion statement but if you have made it this far and are still with me then I would like to say, thank you, well done and good for you! What you have achieved so far is the foundation for designing and making clothes for yourself and others including creating your own design and patterns. I hope you will continue on this journey with me and all of us and I will continue to add more inspiration, ideas, tips and instructions for you to keep you busy and invigorated and hopefully inspire others too.

If you are anything like me you are now looking at people in a different light, looking at their style, the image they portray, what works, shapes you like, looking in shop windows at clothes like they are a piece of art. Take it all in……. as you learn and see more your skills will evolve and your choices will change as you grow. Try not to stare too much it can be weird!

You may also now be very aware of the time it takes to put a garment together and hopefully this will make you choosier about the clothing you allow into your life or spend the time making.

I do think that with this knowledge you are part of a growing community that is clothing aware and with this knowledge and the garments you make next you can wear with pride and inspire others to come down this same route with you. As the Threadelicious community grows we have the ability to grow the system and content and make it an even better place. With your help I think we can become something quite unique in this world of ours, we can value these skills and teach others to do the same.

Where to go to now

After coming this far you will have had experience with drafting, and making multiple Test Garments, experienced the challenges and joys of fitting and alteration and out of this you have the bones to make your designs come to reality.

With this in mind and being honest it would be an impossible task for me to even attempt to show you how to make every single thing that is possible to make.

In order to help resolve this I have added Auxiliary Reference documents that detail drafting and sewing various ideas and I will continue to grow this library for the basic of information and also as we move onto more complex designs and concepts.

You will need to make use of this library and continually reference it when drafting and sewing your own garments.

I believe I have switched on the system with enough in place for you to make good quality basic garments and the toolset will grow over time.

Therefore before you do start to draft your designs ensure that the designs you have visualised are possible at the current knowledge for the system. A very simple way to do this is to refer to the Style Sheets, all Styles that have been currently documented in drafting form, or if you should be able to draft them with the knowledge provided and a little reflection these have been marked with a green circle in the corner.

If you are in any doubt then don’t be afraid to ask or indeed make a request.

If after working through Units in Module 6 you are still unsure regarding your own designs or where to start or you would just like to practice some skills on a garment then go to the next Unit in this Module and pick a garment that you would like to have a go at. As you can appreciate for me to create a Sew – a- Long for a design with concept, instructions and photographs is extremely time consuming so initially the number of garments will be limited but this will change over time as I add more into the system.

Whether you are creating your own design or taking inspiration from a sample in the system you will need to make choices in drafting regarding Darts, Necklines, Hems, Seams, Silhouette etc. so referring back to these Units to refresh should help you make your drafting decisions.

I find that what does help at this stage is to be very firm with yourself and make some definite decisions about what you are going to make, filling in the Pattern Record Card will help you commit yourself to fabric samples, number of pattern pieces, finishing’s, closures, construction order etc. It really is an essential part of the process I think because I can spend far too long being indecisive about the minutest details.

Each of the Sample garments will have a sample Pattern Record Card for you to review for some ideas of how to fill it in and the choices or thoughts that you can record onto it. I fill mine out continuously as I work through construction. Once complete it is your roadmap for the next garment you are going to make from the same pattern which could be weeks, months or indeed years down the line and having this document to hand is worth its weight in gold. It is also a necessary document if someone else is going to construct the garment other than yourself.

Required Elements

As with any drafting you will need your full drafting kit which you can review in previous modules.

You will also need to be open to stepping back into previous modules or Auxiliary Reference Information for a little revision if you need it.

If you have not yet drafted and tested the Base Template or Working Templates then you will struggle to continue on from this point, in this case you will need to go back to Module 4 and Module 5 respectively.

If you are using your own Sloper that you have made elsewhere then please be aware that if you continue your Sloper may not have all the elements required so please review Modules 3, 4 and 5.

It is recommended to collect the following list of documents to use prior to starting creating your garment.

  • Pattern Record Card. As detailed above this is your master guide for your design and pattern. It is also a good idea to get the client to sign off on the design prior to starting to ensure that every detail has been agreed. This could be done on the Pattern Record Card.

  • Completed Master Client Sheet. With all notes collected so far, you should have completed this during measurement of the Client.

  • Completed Measurements Sheets. With all measurements collected so far, you should have completed this during measurement of the Client.

  • Your Drafted Base Template for the Client. The preserved Card copy which is useful to have on hand for reflection in comparison with the design.

  • A Working Template for the same Client that can be used for the design. It may help to check what you have previously drafted for Working Templates for this client and to reflect on how Test Garments have worked out.

  • Your Capsule Wardrobe Designs for the Client. This will help work out what kind of Working Templates you will need to draft.

  • Your Sewing List Table for the Client. This will help you prioritise the Working Templates that you are going to create first.

  • Mini Working Template. To practice any design featur