Some fun for Day 9

Today I attended a workshop by Connie Crawford at Hobbysew Australia at Top Ryde.

Connie is on her way to teach at the Australian Sewing Guild Convention in Launceston and McCall’s Pattern Service was able to organise for Connie to do this workshop on her way south.

The day started with Connie telling us about her career and then moved onto draping and how it all comes together. Connie also demonstrated the difference between the various cup sizes and how to create your own designs by using the blouse block.

Connie shared a large wealth of information and hopefully the notes that I have scribbled down will give me enough to go by. This was before lunch.

After lunch the other part of the workshop was that each attendee would be custom fitted for the blouse blocks that feature an A/B Cup, C/D/DD cup and F/G cup using pattern B5300.

Connie had with her a blouse block for each pattern size and cup size and we then all took our turn to be fitted by Connie with helpers taking notes of the adjustments for each of us that we need to do to get the blouse block.

Here I am having my custom fit with Connie (no she didn’t tickle me).

I did purchase the pattern as I was very pleased with how it fits around the shoulders and chest and the other adjustments Connie suggested are minor so I am looking forward to making up the blouse block to see how it looks.

For the remainder of the day I wore:

Top: Simplicity 2603 with 3/4 length sleeves in brown Mercury Jersey from Lincraft (blogged here)
Skirt: Burda 04-2009-101 in Salt & Pepper fine cord that you saw on Day 2.
Cardigan: Simplicity 2603 in brown Mercury Jersey from Lincraft.
Accessory: Gold choker band with cream oval and gold small hoop earrings.
Tights: Chocolate brown.
Boots: Chocolate Betts Boots.

It was a great day, I go to meet a few Internet friends face to face and of course there were quite a few Australian Guild Members attending as well as some of my real sewing buddies (thank you for the photos).