Yesterday was the third and last session of my moulage class with Kenneth King. It was a success; I now have a moulage and a set of slopers to work with to fit garments for myself. Beyond that it was a pleasure to take a class with him. He is a wonderful teacher and generous with his knowledge and a great raconteur. Those extra little details on sewing and fit that I got from him were invaluable to my future sewing. I wish that Alex was around so that I could make a moulage for her.
We were 10 women and we paired up for taking measurements. Both my partner and I must have done a good job measuring because her muslin needed no adjustments and mine needed adjustment for my low shoulder, we had measured my high side, and a little taking in at my high hip which has been a challenge to fit over the years. He was very hands on in this class, going around to each of us with infinite patience so that we got it right and answering any questions we had. He took our muslins and marked the changes and transferred them to our moulage patterns. Some women needed their side seams straightened out as they were pulling to the back or front Very much like Claire Kennedy did for me when I was fitting my pants. That side seam needs to be straight and perpendicular to the floor, not just for fit, but for a flattering fit. I was thrilled and sort of amazed at how close the fit really was for me; my body is certainly no where near that perfect fitting model size. It was also interesting to see all the variations in our patterns. No wonder it's so hard to get rtw to fit!
Today I sewed the right shoulder lower, and adjusted the high hip on my muslin so that I could put it on my dress form and adjust it to the moulage. I have one of those duct tape dress forms. I needed to pad out the shoulders a bit and I have to do some surgery on the arms. They are causing some wrinkling on the back, but other wise it fits pretty well. My next project is to draft sleeves for my moulage from KK's basic sleeve book. We took the necessary measurements to draft sleeves to fit our moulage's in class. Pattern review has all his cd's and if you are a member you get a 10% discount. They also have Linda Maynard's Demystifying Fit cd that he recommends for using with your slopers to fit commercial patterns. I ordered it this morning.
You can see the wrinkles on the back right shoulder where I need to do some surgery on my form. Other than that I might actually be able to drape garments and pin fit to my shape with less time and trouble. You can also see that my dress form narrows at the bottom. My moulage also looked like that , but Kenneth suggested I straighten it out for a more flattering fit, which is why the muslin looks big at the bottom. Trust your common sense and your instincts when it comes to fitting.
KK says that he can measure and draft a moulage and set of slopers in about an hour!
If you have the opportunity to take a class with Kenneth, by all means do so. It was worth every penny and while it was hard work, it was also fun and rewarding.
I haven't been doing any sewing since I finished my coat. Lots of things going on. But taking Kenneth's class has certainly inspired me to get back to the sewing room so I look forward to some good clothing coming out of that room! Now that I've taken the class I will be making a muslin of the Miyake jacket and then, if I like it I'll be taking a trip into the city to look for fabric.
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