Thursday, 18 February 2010

Week Four: Va Va Va Va-luptious Voom

Va va voom...

This week I was feeling a lot like I was making a wardrobe for the cast of Chicago, but using ALL KNITS. Contours and decorative fashioning was one of the main reasons that I wanted to come on the course. I mean, how cool would it be to make Herve Leger style bandage dresses that punctuate a woman's figure, or vintage inspired bustier and corset based garments in a knit? (One good book to check out if you're into this is Knitting Lingere Style by Joan McGowan-Michael). It's amazing what kind of shaped pieces you can achieve on the machine, just by moving stitches around. We've learned how to make shaped bust pieces on the machine without ANY seaming, simply by fashioning. (Fashioning in knit is basically knitting the exact pattern piece that you need on the machine, as opposed to cut and sew, which is knitting swathes of fabric and cutting out your garment shapes). These pieces are examples of contoured garment made here at Knit-1.  I'm still trying to get my head around the stripes from three weeks ago, but once I master that, I will theoretically be able to knit corsets, bustiers, bras, travel around accentuate any of the curves of the body, shoulders, hips, waist, etc. We've effectively learned how to eliminate the excess fabric where there would normally be a dart if you're working with a woven fabric.

But the week wasn't all about drawing the knit fabric in to fit the body. We also learned how to add texture, mass, and dimensions to our garments as you will see later in this week's Knit of the Week.

No comments:

Post a Comment