I promised you some pictures of me wearing the finished Tamoto dress and I reckon it’s about time I got around to doing that. Now that I’ve worn it a couple of times, what do I think of it? Well, I think I’ve fallen even deeper in love with it. It’s just plain awesome.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who likes it and I was asked for the pattern (Yay! *happy dance*). When I get back from my ski travel I will definitely look in to making a pdf pattern for the dress. Only trouble is that I need to learn how to grade my pattern. I’m also a bit unsure about how to make a pdf with a full size pattern. Making one with a down sized pattern that fits on one page is super easy but making it bigger could potentially give me some grief. If you’ve got any tips/tricks/ideas on the subject, please leave a comment!
March 8, 2014 at 00:41
I LOOOVE this dress!
March 8, 2014 at 11:00
March 8, 2014 at 14:49
It turned out SO nice!!!
March 8, 2014 at 18:34
Thanks! I feel like making a new one already but in a different fabric. Perhaps I should go with some kind of lace. Perhaps in cotton or something like that.
March 9, 2014 at 15:27
Ohhh that would be lovely!
March 14, 2014 at 23:34
anything see trew will do :)
March 15, 2014 at 07:44
Haha, why u little..! :) I can’t just have lace, I still need something more under :)
March 20, 2014 at 23:17
thats debatable :))
March 17, 2014 at 22:56
What a beautiful dress – can’t believe you drafted it yourself! I can’t offer any advice on making PDF patterns, but good luck with it. : )
March 18, 2014 at 14:55
Thank you! I was thinking about first making a small scale pattern that fits on “normal” paper. Then scan it and make it 200% larger (the actual size). Then there’s the issue of up and down sizing it for different sizes. I’m not sure if i can simply resize it with some % on the computer or if i actually need to do it all by hand for every different size. Does that lovely book of yours cover this subject?
March 18, 2014 at 15:07
I suspect that it’s more complicated than simply resizing it, because I think certain areas get re-sized more/less than others. For example, I think hip measurements vary more than shoulder measurements. Then again, I’ve never done any grading, so I’m definitely not qualified to give advice! I’ve read that you can buy software that does this, and of course you can hire a professional pattern grader.
My book doesn’t cover it, but I’ve heard that the professional grading book by the same author is *THE* grading book to get. The trick is finding one at a decent price – this Amazon listing is $350 for a spiral bound copy!
March 22, 2014 at 10:04
Oh wow, that’s some serious money :S I’ve tried finding a cheap online copy, but so far I’m out of luck. For the time being, I think I will just rely on various Internet sources and just do all of my grading by hand. How hard could it be, right? :)