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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Notes from the past

Previously I told you that I am lucky enough to take pattern-making lessons from the most talented teacher I've ever met. She draws like the faster laser in the world, seriously! Ayumi-sensei confessed that she does not like sewing as much as drafting patterns! You should see her work! If within a year I can do at least 5% of what she shows me at the moment, I will be the luckiest kid on the block.



A few weeks ago Ayumi-sensei brought me two big notebooks. She explained that there were her mother's notes from the times she studied to become a pattern-maker, something like 50 years ago. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I am excited to share with you several notes from the two notebooks.







Interestingly, some of the design details are no more used in modern RTW garments, such as elbow darts...


... or this side dart



I felt honored to have caught a glimpse at the past of my teacher's history and wanted to share it with you tool

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this! The details and the perfect lines in her drawings really show she loved to make patterns. I love old pattern making books. I found a couple from Powells while I was in Portland, Oregon and they are true treasures.

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  2. Yes, thank you for sharing. What a treasure trove. What beautiful drawings. I'd love to see something made up with an elbow dart. What an interesting detail !

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  3. Beautiful! This inspires me to take better notes. :)

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  4. I'd like to make a jacket with elbow darts. But this is #297 on my sewing list ﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿

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  5. So beautiful and meticulously done. And so well preserved.

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  6. Wow! These drawings are so beautiful and done with such care! Lovely!

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  7. Wow, very cool. Especially that 'princess dart'. When it comes to pleats, it is most definitely easiest to comprehend when you've got a piece of paper to fold in front of you, so seeing those pleats was wonderful. Asymmetric pleats like that though? Never thought of it like that!

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  8. Cool books, you're so lucky to be able to consult them, it must be totally inspiring! The drawing are really fine... thank you for sharing the pictures!

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