Not much of a sketch, I know, and it's on the back of an envelope (above), but this is the design I came up with as one of my final projects for the menswear patternmaking class I've been taking at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). It's due next week.
The asymmetrical design is made up of multiple panels that button onto each other. We're required to make our final garments in cotton muslin and, in addition to the garment, we must produce the paper pattern complete with notches, seam allowances, and grain guidelines. Every piece must be clearly labelled.
I still have a little work to do on the paper pattern but the pants themselves are finished.
I based the pants on a fitted sloper I created in class in my size. The edge of each panel is finished with a 1" wide, interfaced facing. (They're interfaced so they can support either buttonholes or buttons.)
These weren't difficult to make but there were many pieces and edges to finish, since right and left sides, as well as fronts and backs, are all unique. Everything is labeled so I know what fits into what. I used my Singer buttonhole attachment (attached to my Singer 15-91) to make my buttonholes, and zigzagged my buttons into place with my Bernina 930.
I think the effort paid off: the pants are something special and they fit well too.
The pants have a traditional fly and waistband, two side pockets and, in back, two single-welt pockets.
I hope to make these up in fashion fabric later this month. I need to decide what fabric to make them with and whether I should use all one color or try color-blocking. My only concern about using more than one color is I don't know how much I'd wear them. With a single color, the effect of the asymmetrical panels is more subtle; I like that.
What do you think? Multiple colors or a single shade -- or something else entirely I'd love to hear your input!
Have a great day, everybody!
|Thanks, Wouter, for whipping up these color-blocking concepts in Photoshop!|