The grant has arrived and Cathleen didn’t waste any time ordering us computers and half scale mannequins. Cathleen and I (KaeLeah) did the AccuMark Core Class first, finishing up this past week. The AccuMark Core Class covers the majority of the software provided by AccuMark. It was developed primarily for fashion so Cathleen and I were learning it all, trying to glean out what would translate to the world of costuming. I have to say that my pattern drafting/costuming brain is in a much different place than my computer brain so it was challenging at times. The class spanned over 7 business days so I jumped at the opportunity to try out my new learned skills over our weekend. I started with the basics and drafted a male body block for my adorable half scale male mannequin, Manly. I have to say even though I was fresh and struggling somewhat with the software I could see the benefits of drafting a pattern on the computer as opposed to paper. It was easy to make very precise measurements and to ‘true up seams’ before cutting out the paper. I made up the block and found it to be a little snug on Manly. I don’t think this was a problem with the computer program though, probably just my measurements on such a small body. I chose to make the alterations directly to my original digital block, although there are ways to mark and make alterations to the pattern in the program.
Then I decided my female mannequin, Minnie, should also get a basic body block. I struggled a bit more with hers as the darts were not doing what I wanted. But once I figured out how to get an angled bust dart everything flowed really well. I put together the block and it fit perfectly. I’m very excited to start manipulating patterns and working on some more challenging pattern drafting.