Well I’m happy to report I had more good news from my last fashion design course assignment (No.4). I got another HD (High Distinction) which I have to admit I’m quite proud of. So far I’ve received 2 Distinctions and 2 High Distinctions. Not doing too bad for someone who’s turning 47 tomorrow… Oh my how fast those years go by… I can still remember when I was 27 like it was yesterday!
Anyways, back to my fashion design course. For assignment No.4 I had to draft a cowl neck top and this is the top that I made from the pattern I drafted and blogged about here
My assessor provided some wonderful feedback about my sewing skills and I thought I’d share some of what she said.
Well done. Your cowl top is beautiful! You have demonstrated your skills and knowledge in drafting a pattern to design with the desired alterations, cutting pattern on bias grain and making to a high standard.
Your patternmaking skills are very good. You are forward thinking while patternmaking like altering the neckline, adding facings to finish off the edges, cutting facings on straight grain and adding all the necessary seam allowances.
The fit of this cowl is excellent. The neckline falls and drapes beautifully, shoulders, armholes and body all fit very well.
The fabric you have chosen for this style is great as it allow for that neckline drape. You have finished your garment to a high quality by finishing of the edges with facings and sewing the garment very neatly.
Your wriiten evaluation is very good and the photos are very nice and clear.
Part B was carried out very well. You have an understanding of fabric performance and characteristics and how they affect designing and garment making.
Overall excellent work.
How good is that feedback? I had to read it twice when I received it. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that all the hard work and effort you put into an assignment and your sewing actually pays off… not only with a great grade but the feedback actually meant even more to me.
I’ve just submitted assignment No.5 which was to draft a fitted bodice pattern block. Not too sure how I’ll go with this one but hey it is only a pattern block after all and fingers crossed will become the basis for many project I will actually be able to wear.
Here’s how my fitted bodice pattern block turned out.
Here’s a pic of the back view…. don’t laugh at my lumps and bumps… ah what the heck… I did hahahaha
Overall I’m pretty happy with the fit of my fitted bodice pattern block considering I didn’t have to make any alterations to the pattern I drafted. I’m not expecting to get a HD again but hey you just never know my written component of my assignment might make up for the bust dart that I should have fixed before I took the pics and submitted my assignment…. but I did write about it in my assignment lol
I’m now working on my next assignment (No. 6) which is a fitted vest. I’ll be using my fitted pattern block to make the pattern changes I need for the vest so I’m already putting my fitted bodice pattern block to good use.
I’ve never made a vest before and come to think of it I don’t think I’ve ever even worn one. Once I finish drafting the pattern (which I nearly am now) I’ll make it in calico and see how it looks and then decide whether I’ll go ahead and make it in a fashion fabric or just submit my assignment using the calico and save my fashion fabric for another project. There’s lots more projects to come yet so there’s plenty of opportunity to use up some of that gorgeous fabric sitting in my stash calling me and looking at me everyday.