Friday, October 23, 2015
Feature Friday: A Stitcher's Experience Making a Custom Costume
Photo: Leah (left) and JJ (right) tracing patterns.
Q: You've been working on a custom costume in the Studio. Tell us about tracing the pattern for it. What was your overall experience tracing it? Have you ever done pattern tracing before?
Leah: I have done pattern tracing before. But, tracing for the Winter Princess was different. I have never worked with this form of tulle before. Tracing was fun!
Q: What are the biggest challenges you faced constructing the costume?
Leah: The sheer tulle fabric really had a mind of its own. Time was lost due to the fraying and sensitivity of the material.
Q: How did you overcome those challenges?
Leah: Serging like a BEAST! :) and gentle touches. Motto: Be nice to the fabric & it will be nice to you.
Q: What did you enjoy most about making the costume?
Leah: The bodice was super fun to line. I think hand stitching can be somewhat therapeutic.
Q: What did you learn about garment construction that you never knew before?
Leah: I really learned the important of reinforcing and lining up my pivot points exactly.
Q: What advice would you give to stitchers constructing a garment for the first time?
Leah: Read and follow every direction. Take your time to think things through. It's better to have neat and precise work over anything else.