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Every other week, or so, our members will inspire an article tailored to the topic that you are challenged with. Some of the articles may not pertain to your particular issues at the time; but even when we're talking about fitting points for scoliosis, breast changes, or backless wedding dresses, the rules are all the same. You wont have to study or try to figure this out, because the techniques will be repeated, over and over, in different ways, in every article. There will be 24 articles in all. Every one tailored for YOU!
Thank you for sharing creativity!
WHERE IT STARTS
The fitting techniques may seem unusually simple because each process takes so little time. But that seems to be the point. Plan and follow. Each small step has a purpose. When you follow the steps in the Fitting Sequence, and as you pinch and release the fabric to follow the curves of the body,,, you will see how simple fitting really is.
Creativity starts with understanding what is there, and how everything you create is part of that sensibility for your best body silhouette. Repetition and understanding make fitting easy…
PROPORTION AND SILHOUETTE is all about taking a look at what works.
Every project begins with planning. And planning begins with inspiration.
Finding inspiration is like finding happiness. Both would be found by choice. One of the best ways to be inspired is to start cutting pictures from magazines. By the time you have a big pile of silhouettes, colors, fit (baggy or tight), you’ll be surprised at how much of your style is right there waiting to be created. "One of this, the color of that"…it goes on and on. Even add selfies of you making memories...
BASIC STYLE MEETS MILLION DOLLAR PATTERN
Once you own the basics of Proportion and Silhouette, finding that basic pattern, that can be changed a hundred times, will simplify every fitting. The fitting points for every style are the same; then adjusted on the dress form to classic, trendy, or over-sized. Starting with the anchors (shoulders, for jackets and tops, under bust for bustiers, and waist or upper hip for pants and skirts), find the certain shoulder or waist position that is perfect for you. The fitting points reflect the proportion and silhouette for everything you create using your body shape, so patterns can easily be altered for many different styles.
THE POWER OF PLAY
The technique of seeing how your clothes will look and feel starts with playing...pinching or releasing fabric to find the best lines; always allowing for movement on the pressure points of the body where fabric meets curve, or added ease is needed to raise arms or bend elbows...
MASTER THE ART OF NOT DRAPING!
Finding the cut and fit of your clothes can be easily identified on the dress form. Fabric has a mind of its own; now you can see what it might want to be. Duplicate the anchors, and pressure points on the dress form at each area. The body you are fitting is right there; identifying a large bust line, or fabric ease needed for a forward or uneven shoulder...
FABULOUS FITTING PANTS
Thank you for pants by Valerie Mayen! for Project Runway!
How could we live without them? The pressure points with pants will not vary. A crotch can be lowered, or a thigh can be tapered, but the vertical measurements will always be matched from the anchor. Measure the vertical points of movement from your waist or upper hip; (anchor point / waistband) to the vertical thigh, back hip, and upper leg. The curve of the rise is key...and you can easily change the curve from short to long. When you find those pants that you can't stop wearing, turn them inside out and check the curve of the rise. Then try them on the dress form and you'll see how every pair of pants from now on, will feel fabulous! Too simple.
The creativity and detail in Valerie's work is truly an inspiration; whether you are creating for Project Runway, or creating for Project YOU!
Thank you, Valerie
BACKLESS DRESSES TO STOP CROWDS, THANK YOU, MELANIA!...AND PULEASE...WILL SOMEONE CONSIDER JACKETS THAT MOVE WHEN MAKING POLITICAL CAMPAIGN STATEMENTS...? SLEEVES, PEOPLE, SLEEVES....