Once the design and sketch for Cameron’s custom wedding overdress was complete, I was ready to start my favorite part of the custom process: patternmaking.
There are essentially three ways to create a custom pattern: Draping, Flat Pattern, and adjusting an existing pattern or garment. I usually use a combo of these techniques. In Cameron’s case, I used all three!
Something Old, Something New
Instead of starting from scratch for the lower part of Cameron’s custom wedding overdress, I pulled out the pattern I draped back in 2009 for Leah’s wedding “overdress” with train. Since Leah allows me to keep her dress on display in my studio (the colorful dress below), I could easily envision how the shapes of her skirt could be changed up to fit Cameron’s design and body. Leah’s paper pattern was a great starting point for creating new pattern pieces for Cameron’s long full overdress skirt with train….