Sunday, October 27, 2013


Today, after more than a week in the fog, the sun came out.  It was a perfect fall day to take some photos of my self drafted Peony dress.  In September, I took a pattern drafting class where we drafted a bodice sloper to our own measurements.  I loved the class, and ordered what I’ve been told is the pattern drafting bible.  I found it for under $20 here!

I’ve had Colette’s Peony dress in the plans for a long time, but I kept reading about sewists having difficulty fitting this particular pattern.  Which shocked me as all of Sarai’s patterns have fit me perfectly without any adjustments.  I decided I would try out my new custom sloper.  I altered it, copying the Peony neckline and altering my single dart to be both a bust and waist dart.  I drafted some facings and used the Peony skirt pattern pieces.


Now, since my sloper does not include seam allowances, I finally get to show you my idea for adding seam allowances while cutting your fabric.  It was probably almost a year ago that I went to Lee Valley and bought these magnets, for this exact purpose.  Each magnet is 1/8 of an inch in thickness, so I just stacked five of them on my scissors and started cutting the fabric.  Lining up the magnet edge with the pattern pieces.