Monday, March 7, 2011

The Moulage a la Kenneth King

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.
Happy sewing.

17 comments:

  1. oh, I am jealous! I recently read his book on CD that explains how the moulage is made. It was fascinating. I also feel like I need a trip into the city to look for new and exciting fabric. Been sewing from my stash for a while.
    Maybe in a month or two...

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  2. nancy, where was he offering the class? i have been on the lookout for this class for over a year! was it at sew fast, sew easy?

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  3. Isn't he a hoot? I loved that class.
    Nancy I've been trying to figure out if you have cut into the "Burberry rainwear" fabric from Michael's yet. I've bought the same fabric and would like to hear your impressions.

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  4. You are so lucky to have had the opportunity to take that class! I'm jealous.

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  5. Wow, how lucky you are! You learned things that you'll carry with you forever.

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  6. It was taught in Queens at Sew Right Sewing Machines in Queens. He's been teaching there for a couple of years. Next up in May is his pants drafting class, but it's wait listed. The classes are small and popular.
    This summer they are offering De mystifying Fit based on Lynda Maynard's cd book. In the fall, probably October he is going to offer a class based on his Jacket tailoring class. Check either Kenneth's website or Sew Right's for scheduling.

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  7. What an incredible experience. Can you see me glowing green?

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  8. So glad you found this class worthwhile, Nancy. KK is a hoot, right?

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  9. I've had him as a teacher in an FIT couture class. Kenneth King is extremely funny and helpful. Some sewing teachers have the personality of a dishrag. Not K. King. He has a mind and opinions.

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful experience.

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  11. What a wonderful class! Can't wait to see how you use your moulage.

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  12. It's worth it to take a class like this just so everyone can see how different all the shapes are - it really gives you great pause and the feeling that once you do fit yourself, you've accomplished a lot. I think Kenneth is a real treat!

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  13. That was rewarding time spent. I'm really jealous of you, this does not exist. Looking forward to your progress.

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  14. Can you tell I've not been reading blogs: you posted already 3 days ago and I only now see it. After all you told me already about it, it's great to see the result. Bet you will enjoy working with it. KK is such a great teacher, I do hope I can take a class with him sometime.

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  15. Vundebar! I'm glad you did this mom. Experiences are so rewarding!

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  16. Thank you so much for this posting this information. I am just getting ready to take this class and now I am especially thrilled to do so. Thanks again!

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