sickly studies

October 10, 2013


I’ve been coming down with some sort of respiratory sickness since Saturday, I’ll spare you the barf-y details, but I’m like 90% positive it’s influenza. I honestly can’t remember ever having the flu (and no I don’t get flu shots, though I probably will after this because the flu is not awesome) so I totally consulted Dr. Google, stumbled upon flu.gov, and realized “oh good, I don’t have to make an appointment with the real doctor because they probably can’t do anything for me anyways on account of me harboring a virus and all”. Hooray for over-the-counter medicine!

Luckily I was well enough to go to my pattern drafting class on Monday, but I took a nauseous-y turn for the worst soon after that and have been in bed ever since. I’m feeling so much better today but still have an obnoxious dry cough, despite the sea of cough drop wrappers and liquid expectorant consuming my nightstand right now. I suppose one good thing about being sick in bed is the amount of time I have to read my homework packets and try to find some inspiration for my final project that I’ll be working on this semester.


Obviously I’m going to replicate a 1940s design!! But which one should I pick??


I’m starting to build quite the collection of original WWII era magazines, and as much as I love referring to online archives and resources, nothing beats holding the real thing in your hands.


Pattern making is all about creating a basic shape for your garment (a sloper) and then manipulating it by adding darts, fullness, and/or contouring, to add interest of design. The above photo (full downloadable booklet here) shows the two styles of dresses that I’m considering for my project. On the left you see classic examples of everything that goes into taking that basic dress sloper and making it into something exceptionally un-basic. On the right you have a much more utilitarian design with not as much design interest added by way of darts or fullness, and none of that crazy bodice gathering!



I just can’t help but love a WWII utility shirt dress, though! Especially this one with those fold-over pockets and perfect bodice shaping. Swoon! Buuuuuttttt for the sake of learning and better understanding the techniques discussed in the class, I should probably attempt to make something like this…


This dress would be a real challenge for me and will have me contouring, slashing and spreading, and darting my way to pattern making super stardom! I mean I’ll be a super star in my own head because seriously you guys, this would be quite the ambitious project for me to attempt. I actually found a link to the 1941 version of this dress and it explains a bit better how it’s constructed. I believe I see a zipper at the center front? Hmmm… yeah. Ambitious.

Or maybe I should try to recreate the best of both worlds?


How about a fancy utilitarian-esque wrap dress?! I guess I should concentrate on my sloper first. One step at a time, right? …did I mention I really love the super cute shirt dress with fold-over pockets?

What would you choose?