Ryliss of Sewing & Design School brought Kenneth to Tacoma to teach us how to draft our moulage and sleeve as she believes he is the best drafter in the business. What a treat!
I decided to take the class not only to augment the dress form I made in Jan Bones class, but also because I do enjoy drafting and I rarely have had or made the opportunity to draft save for in creating my own sewing patterns.
You see, by the time I entered my first career field, Mechanical Engineering, it's drafting was all done entirely on a computer through a CAD program or in some other program to create parts on 3-D printer. The paper, rulers and pencils went to the wayside for ME's, but we didn't let those awesome drafting tables go to waste - In our study room, we used the drafting tables for doing our homework and creating fond memories of silliness.
The moulage is the foundation of the couture pattern drafting system taught by the Ecole Guerre-Lavigne in Paris. This is a system of measuring the figure, calculating, and drafting a pattern that will fit the torso like a second skin, incorporating any of the infinite variations of shape the human figure can take. -- Kenneth D. King' s Website
We also had time to get to know Kenneth at a dinner one evening and between bits in classes. Quite a funny man. He has loads of entertaining stories and loves to chat with his students while helping them learn. It made the 4 consecutive days of class fun and go by quickly.