Friday, January 15, 2010

pattern drafting and knitting.

my first dress pattern.

my first dress pattern.

red riding hood.

While I was away house-sitting, I decided to spend my time learning to draft patterns. I've been meaning to do this for years, but all I really needed to do was set some time aside. I used this book and it was super helpful. Next I'm going to grade the pattern and make it up in some nicer fabric to sell. I'll probably set up an Etsy shop or Big Cartel. I'm leaning more towards Etsy, though...

Also knitted up the Red Riding Hood pattern I found for free on Ravelry. Super easy to knit and I adore it! Of course I make it just as the snow is beginning to melt. Argh. I kind of hope it gets colder just so I can wear it. Hah!

26 comments:

jennwhisper said...

That dress is LOVELY!! I would totally buy the pattern!!!

katie f said...

the dress is incredibly cute! i love little buttons and nice lines, let me know when you open up shop!

when skies are grey said...

That dress is just perfect!!
Great job, so inspiring :)

kelley said...

goodness that dress is amazing! and i'm loving the red lipstick as well.

indigorchid said...

The dress is adorable! I have been <3-ing tucks and pleats so much lately... Everything I made (well, nearly) for school this past semester got the treatment.

I can't wait to see more of your patternmaking endeavors (and I'm more than a little surprised - for some reason I've been picturing you drafting patterns for ages!), and.... I'd be really interested to see a review of that book, from someone like you who is obviously not a novice when it comes to sewing and working with patterns!

hapa said...

great job with drafting! I hope my first attempt will look as good as your's does.

chelsea said...

you are amazing anna. everything about thismiddle shot is perfect. what an inspiration you are! have a wonderful weekend.

Jess said...

the dress turned out great, can't wait to see the pattern! It's so lovely.

As is the hood! Such great inspiration.

B.K. said...

Very pretty dress! All the little pleats look great, and I love all those white buttons down the front.

Ashley said...

That dress is really cute. I'd definitely go with Etsy—you have a built-in audience right there.

Larissa said...

beautiful work, Anna... keep us posted when you start up on Etsy!

mscleaverchronicles said...

The dress is adorable. I just purchased that book for myself a week or so ago and can't wait to start trying out some items myself! Hope fully, they turn out as well as yours did!

Shannon said...

Fantastic dress! I would die for the pattern! So cute!!! When you do get it drafted up, if you are looking to sell the pattern to shops to sell, too, let me know! I'd love to carry it.

elisesophie said...

Oh, the lovely dress!

Yummy Lavender said...

I have to agree with everyone on this - your dress is simply the cutest! And with that red lipstick, it's even better.

Casey said...

I've already said it, but I'll reiterate: your dress is so pretty! Now I'm itching to sit down and try my hand at using that book. ;) I just love seeing whatever new things you've sewn; you have such a lovely aesthetic and eye for detail!

That knit cap is too cute!!! If only it hadn't started to get warm here; I'd knit one myself! ;)

♥ Casey
blog | elegantmusings.com

Heather said...

Oh Anna, I love that dress AND the hat. You are so talented and lovely to boot!

Heather

Jane Flanagan said...

Beautiful dress! Your store will be a hit!

Bria said...

I'll take one of each please! I agree, the Etsy route seems best to start. I am sure it will be a big hit!

Sabrina Marie said...

What a lovely dress! I just received my first sewing machine for Christmas this year and am greatly looking forward to learning how to construct great dresses like yourself. If you have any great links for beginner sewers please let me know!

Sabrina Marie
www.nesteddesign.blogspot.com

the little owl said...

I adore that dress! I hope to be able to purchase a pattern in the future! Lovely blog, btw... lovely.

Stephanie said...

Adorable dress!!!! Can't wait to see it available for sale:) I'm also trying to get better at drafting patterns, your dress inspired me to work harder at it! Thanks!

heather said...

Oh, this dress is so cute. It looks great on you.

Amy @ cookbookmaniac.com said...

I want that dress! I love it! You are an inspiration.

Kristina said...

LOVE this dress!! Do set up an Etsy shop ;) I really want to learn pattern drafting and am experimenting a little already...I've a hard time finding clothes I really like in stores...off to buy that book you recommend!

Camille said...

That dress is GORGEOUS. When you make the pattern available for sale I am totally there.