Pattern Magic lecture with the author, Tomoko Nakamichi
It was a great honor to have the writer and playful mind behind the notorious Pattern Magic pattern cutting textbooks come and do a special lecture at Bunka Fashion College the other day. She basically spent three hours explaining one of her techniques (The Quick-turn, in which you can draft on a flat pattern a lovely twist into the fabric, creating drapey folds. The twist then sews into any seam shape you like. It sounds difficult, but it was really easy. ) She gave us lots of little tricks, like changing the shape of the neckline before even beginning, to allow for the stretching that will happen later.I love these textbooks! A lot of the techniques are easy-to-learn, and some are straight-up obvious once you try them once.
I also teach my students some of her techniques in my class. It was so lovely to meet Nakamichi Sensei!! I hope she comes back again, and teaches us one of her harder ones.
“Drape is a play on light & shadow”
“Make it flat, then fix it in 3-D. Patternmaking is a synthesis of flat and 3D techniques”
After serving many years as a professor at Bunka Fashion College, Ms. Nakamichi currently delivers lectures and holds courses on design making, both in Japan and overseas. Tomoko Nakamichi has written three books : Pattern Magic, Pattern Magic 2 and Pattern Magic Stretch
Here are some excerpts from her books:
I’m sorry about the photos I took below. They look like I took them with a potato. Can you figure out what we were making?
She had the original piece that was on the cover of the first book!
Syban V., our second year student who will be the very first student to show her graduate collection in this course. Some of the various techniques Nakamichi Sensei teaches, in half-scale. Yes~ HALF~!!
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