Hi, I’ve been following the construction of your Nyreen costume (which is AMAZING by the way), as I too am about to start work on one. As a sewing newbie (only used EVA goal before), did you pattern it through guess work/observation, or the model texture files? Any advice would be great, thanks!

Hi ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

I’m actually a very long time sewer ๐Ÿ™‚ And patterning is what I love the most. Long before I actually sewed it I even patterned the red dress from Dracula based only on what was available at the time (even the few exhibit photos aren’t completely illuminating (but helped solve the fastening issues ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway so I usually start with looking at basic shapes and all possible layer and fastening options. And compare that to what I have made or even worn before. From there I either take fabric and pin to the form (direct drape) or lay out and use a flat pattern from my personal pieces (I have a nice darted bodice with works well for both fitted and semi fitted items) and then start drawing all over to find the new seam placements. I di try and make them as functional as possible. So if there is piping I will cut the fabric and insert a casing with piping in it not just make a tuck- piping is a way of sabilising a seam so if it is there, that is what it is supposed to be fore.

Also I have a stupid amount of historical and modern pattern systems in my brain to pull from when something doesn’t make sense. I highly recommend having as vast a library to pull information from as possible. I also have books on arms and armour, as well as modern and historic figurative art.
Sorry I am about to pass out in to bed after a day of sewing but I hope that helped somewhat:)ย 

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