Cal Patch's Design-it-Yourself Clothes. I bought this book right after it came out with the best of intentions. Jenny and I kept saying that we were going to make a date to take our measurements. We never did. Periodically I would take the book out and flip through it, but I never committed to reading it or working through the exercise of making a pattern. As part of Seam Allowance I am making myself a schedule so that by the end of the year I will have made myself the basic pattern for each garment type and have attempted a variation. The schedule looks like this:
July 2012: Read part one of the book and take full set of measurements.
Cal suggests that you work as you read and I will certainly do that. However, I am approaching her book as a textbook and this as a self-guided course, so this month I will also read the instructions for the each of the basic patterns and browse part three about customizing and stylizing.
August 2012: Basic skirt pattern
September 2012: Skirt variation, either from the book or of my own design.
October 2012: Basic T
November 2012: T variation, either from the book or of my own design.
December 2012: Basic woven shirt
January 2013: Woven shirt variation, either from the book or of my own design.
February 2013: Basic dress
March 2013: Dress variation, either from the book or of my own design.
April 2013: Basic pant
May 2013: Pant variation, either from the book or of my own design.
Anyone interested in joining me? I would love to exchange ideas with others engaged in the same study and see what others create. No one is obligated to follow along for every single month (maybe you don't wear woven tops and you're not a skirt woman, that's cool). Or perhaps you just want to do the basic patterns. Check out this Flickr group for inspiration! Comment below and leave your blog address or Flickr ID if you want to work alongside me.