Gwen Spencer drove down from Corvallis for a studio weekend. Gwen works with me in making the sample prototypes for the garments that go on the Vogue pattern envelope.
To prepare for our immersion weekend, we each have sewn our own renditions of this pattern so it is fun to compare notes. The pattern maker sends the pattern in 'our' size (14/16) and grades it to the size 10 that goes to Vogue. We spent the weekend making the size 10 samples.
Hint: can't show you the design, but it is a dress and cardi...my Vogue dress patterns are selling so well that Vogue wants more.
This pattern is set for release in Spring '15.
|Gwen at the cutting table in the studio.|
We head out to the ArtBarn and audition fabrics.
|We auditioned this grouping of mixed pattern silks silks to use together. |
Pattern combining is a trend I saw all over Paris, and we ended up using another grouping of prints, but this trio works so well together.
Top to bottom: Adelaide Silk, Flower Show Silk, and Darwin's Garden Silk
We make samples. This is one of the truly fantastic habits I've picked up from Gwen. She makes small samples with the scraps to test out techniques, proportions and design.
We discuss the order of construction, finishes etc.
I write as we sew, then read the instructions aloud to Gwen for her feedback and to listen to see if things make sense.
We take breaks for great meals....we both love to cook.
At the end of the weekend we had 2 nearly complete dresses and cardis.
I'm saving the hand sewing because Diane Ericson is coming out today for a visit and we've got plans to play in the studio and sit on the deck with hand sewing.
Diane is a hand sewing fanatic!
|Gwen's stash of fabrics from the ArtBarn for her upcoming summer sewing....she said, 'I want all new clothes!"|