Not much has changed since those days; I still absolutely love styling and putting outfits together. And I guess felting is like paper dolls in the sense that you make things two dimensionally on a resist. Only later when you remove the resist does it becomes a three dimensional garment.
Just recently since I started creating more complex garments with multiple resists, cowl necks and more, I decided it would be very helpful to create a three dimensional paper doll shape of the garment.
I did in fact learn this technique from Jean Gauger in a jacket workshop that I took from her years ago in Portland. Jean made a beautiful little 3D paper shape and even colored it in with the colors she planned to use in her garment. And although I often sketch out my garments I never did what Jean suggested. But now that I look back, what a great idea she had.
To create these 3D garments, I draw one on a piece of paper. I then put another sheet of paper under it. I fold both sheets down the middle and cut along the edges (half the garment). If there are any differences between the front and the back, I make those on each of the paper pieces. I then tape them together and draw out and label areas. It allows me visualize the whole garment and to see continuity between the front and the back and where I will place various colors and types of roving and silk. But just like a recipe that I use as a guideline for cooking and not as the gospel, I treat this 3D paper doll the same and still let the real garment grow organically.
|Here's what's on my felting table based on the 3D paper doll above.|