Can you tell the difference between the Kate Spade and the Katie Spade?
Most people can’t thanks to Kenneth King’s online course,
I’ve made several pencil skirts during the last 17 months, but was still searching for the perfect pattern when I broke down and bought my sixth garment since completing the RTW Fast in August; the Kate Spade Judy Skirt. At 60% off, the skirt was a bargain?? Surprisingly, everything about the skirt works for me, enough so that I wanted this pattern!
Enter Kenneth King.
In a series of 10 brief lessons Kenneth demonstrates how to create a pattern from a RTW jacket by marking the seamlines and grainlines with thread on the garment and tracing the markings to silk organza. With the help of carbon paper, the markings on the organza are transferred to paper.
Establishing the lengthwise grainlines was essential for success, and reproducing a simple skirt was the perfect choice for me as I tried to properly mark the lengthwise grainlines on the garment, organza and paper. One also needs to know how to assemble the pieces once making the pattern is complete.
I quickly saw a distinction between my pencil skirt patterns and the Kate Spade skirt. Quite a difference from the straight pattern pieces I had been using – and there are no front darts.
Forgetting to allow for a kickpleat in the back, I settled for a vent.
I selected a fabric with similar texture to be safe. Using a contemporary metal zipper and topstitching just under the waistband are two techniques I’ve overlooked which give the skirt polish, but the fit is what I was really after.
There is something about cut, fit and shape that I may never understand, but I do know how to follow directions. Kenneth King’s approach to copying RTW is spot on in my opinion. No measuring was involved whatsoever, the use of materials was very efficient and the end result was worth the purchase of the world’s most expensive skirt pattern :)
H E L L O K A T I E S P A D E ! !