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While surfing the website by Stuart Anderson, The Pattern School – The Original Home Of Stretch-fit Pattern Making, we were introduced to Joyce and All the Wyld Things.
Joyce, who lives in Australia, is from Malaysia. On her informative and inspirational blog, Joyce delves into explaining commercial patterns (Vogue, Simplicity, etc.) to the those living in Malaysia who have had no reason to see these patterns. Everyone in Malaysia who sews can also draft the basic sheath dress (sloper) for perfect fit all the time, in all types of pattern styles.
However, in the hands of a true designer, one good pattern draft will outshine huge piles of purchased patterns. The FEATURE – All fit, and One BENEFIT – no major alterations.
Joyce says it like this, “Although I was very excited when I first came [to Australia] and discovered commercial patterns, I’ve quickly found that not all the sizing is accurate–the bust may be too big, the length too long, the sleeves may be too large-which can only be resolved with making a test garment and tissue fitting. Aside from that, I’ve mentioned earlier that it [buying commercial patterns] can be an expensive habit if you want a range of designs for your garments.
But having learnt how to draft patterns [Winifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting books] and having those 7 humongous pattern books [for the design elements of each piece and studying the technical drawings], I have the best of both worlds. I have technical drawings to base my drafts on, my garments made on my personal block fits me perfectly, and I don’t have to pay every time I need a new design.”