- Sponsored: Creating a Muslin for a Dancewear Top in Large Scale Print
- Sponsored: Drafting A Dancewear Top in Funkifabrics Titan
- Sponsored: Planning a Dancewear/Activewear Top in a Large Scale Print
Another thing that I do when creating garments, even if working with someone else's design, is to sketch it out. I always thought that was a waste of time. Gah! Why should I spend that extra time? Because it gets the idea out of your head and onto paper. It gives the idea life and allows you, the designer (you still design with color and print when using an existing pattern), to observe the potential garment.
For this top, since I went all out and threw in new lines for the back, I sketched both front and back. The neat part about seeing my sketch, then seeing the finished piece on me (see the video below), is that I can see the difference between where the design lines actually lay on me vs. where I thought they would lay when I sketched and drafted the pattern. Case in point, I thought the lines for the yolk would lay above the bust point. In actuality, they lay 1" or so below the bust ppint. That allows me to decide if I want to alter that line or not.
Lastly, I had to see how the large print vs. solid looked on my torso when dancing. How a garment behaves when moving is so critical to activewear and dancewear. If it doesn't move with you or return to a "home base" after moving, then it might not be as flattering nor would it be comfortable to wear. All key things for me in my dancewear. Frankly, I want any garment to be non-fussy, and feel like a second skin. This piece wins. I felt so GOOD dancing Bachata in this last night! Woo hoo! Best part is that this muslin will be a great piece for dance practice! And with the built-in bra, I am even freer to move and not worry that anything is showing.
Next, I'll be cutting out the Funkifabrics Titan and starting the final piece. Stay tuned, there may be FRINGE! (gasp!)