This is actually easier than it may initially sound, since the majority of you reading this blog already know how to sew. The following are preliminary questions:
- What do you want it to look like?
- What are the dominant design features?
- What pattern pieces will be the major players - like fronts - back - sleeve?
- What pattern pieces are needed in the supporting role - like facings - plackets - collar - cuffs?
- What length do you want?
- How much ease do you want?
- Will it be sewn from a knit or woven fabric?
- How is it all going to go together - the sewing construction steps?
- Do you know of a garment in ready-to-wear (or perhaps one hanging in your wardrobe) that you can copy?
- Do you have an old commercial pattern somewhere in your pattern stash that can help?
To help you 'see your way' through the initial designing of a sewing project, we produced a video looking at what to evaluate when drawing and copying a ready-to-wear blouse. Blogger cooperated this time and let me paste this video into the blog. I hope you'll take the few minutes to watch my thought process and also where to get SFD resources to help you find the information you need for your desired sewing project.
Here's a photo of the finished blouse. You know the old saying 'Practice makes perfect'... and though it's not difficult...it does get easier with each new project.
Yes, it's a sheer fabric, which I seldom wear. And if you'd like to know more about working with sheers (and my sheer experience), make sure you reference these 2 short blogs:
Glenda...the Good Stitch!