Time to tackle another hurdle – pattern drafting. I was sitting in my sewing room last week, trying to find a starting point on a new design and I felt completely lost. I have always worked off of existing patterns to create new designs, but it’s time to take things to the next level and create my own patterns. I purchased this “Metric pattern cutting for children’s wear and babywear” book at the recommendation of some amazing bloggers/seamstresses and began drafting the basic bodice blocks according to my children’s measurements. I feel like the wool is slowly being lifted from my eyes. Why all the interest in designing from scratch? Well, I have the incredible fortune of designing for the next season of….Project Run and Play – ALL STARS!! I am super excited and incredibly intimidated by the other amazing designers. When I participated in PR&P Season 3, I really had no clue what I was doing (shhh! don’t tell) – I just kept cutting and sewing and cutting and sewing guesstimated pattern sketches until my designs looked how I wanted them. It’s not an easy thing to design without patterns – I’m hoping to teach myself some solid guidelines so that I feel more confident in my process and finished products. The All Stars season of PR&P will kick off the last week of March, but if you’re interested in some behind the scenes sneak peeks, the other competitors and I are using the hashtag #prapallstars on Instagram. It’s got to be the next best thing to sitting all together in one big workroom as we design.
I have some other exciting things in store for this month, too! You’ll get a peek at our March Inspiration collection this week and Thursday we’ll have our FIRST link party here at Girl. Inspired. I’m excited!! See you soon!