In September I proposed a sewing challenge at Figurvore to make two similar uniforms. The purposes were to increase confidence in being able to sew more than one of an item, and to make outfits that would be useful in the stories we want to tell. I was thrilled that other members played along! ^_^
I had a specific idea of how my cleric school uniforms should look. Although Barbie school uniform patterns exist, I couldn’t find one with the right kind of collar, so decided to try my own. How hard could it be? (Spoiler: quite hard.)
The first issue was the collar I envisioned was a Peter Pan collar, not the collar with stand I knew how to make. Sure, the Internet has instructions for anything. And Nicole Needles had the perfect tutorial, https://nicoleneedles.blogspot.com/2013/03/drafting-peter-pan-collar.html just what I needed!
…Well, it would have been if this were 1:1 or even 1:3 scale. But after many tries, I just could not get the collar to work in 1:6.
The second issue was the shiny fabric. It’s nowhere near as hard to work with as the thick bridal satin used for Tessa’s R1 dress, but it doesn’t fold well, frays more than cotton, and is harder to sew by hand. And I didn’t have as much, and wasn’t sure how easily I could obtain more, so decided to make the second blouse out of cotton. That worked better. \o/ Continue reading “Sewing Challenge: Uniformity”