It's been a while since my last blog entry and since I just had a breakthrough, I thought I might celebrate with picture-free, all-writing blog entry.
I've been working on different way of cutting pattern to create more elegant silhouette. The technique I tried to master only by looking at high-definition photos of fashion shows is often used to create Haute Couture garments (whether it be a dress or a jacket) in Paris. It seems that it is one of those techniques that originated in the golden age of Haute Couture by true masters, which became a part of Haute Couture heritage, history and tradition. This technique is still being used by Chanel and Dior and it is very easy to see it's affect on the garment and why it is very much preferred. Seamless shoulders creates beautiful and very feminine silhouette by mimicking the natural curve of female shoulder and it also almost entirely gets rid of unattractive creases and wrinkles around armpit area of a garment when it is being worn. Regular shoulder with its angular silhouette is also used but if feminine is what a designer is going for, seamless shoulder is the way to go.
As with most of my pattern cutting knowledge, I didn't get a chance to learn this technique and it seemed laughably simple when I first thought about attempting it. I was proven wrong. It took five days and six mock-ups for me to realise the importance of the angle of shoulder slope for this particular technique and be able to produce a pattern that works and has the desired affect.
I was ecstatic to see my final mock up, looking like a Haute Couture piece (I do realise the irony in calling my garment a Haute Couture piece after my outburst few blog entries back but I am not saying that it is a Haute Couture piece, I just felt that I was looking at one :))
I will be uploading a photo when I finish a garment with the seamless shoulder as I only have half constructed bodices with one sleeve to show at the moment.