Long ago, when I was in college, I discovered Dressmaking magazine, a Japanese publication. I was interested in pattern drafting, and this magazine was full of patterns with drafting instructions.
The magazine had great colored pictures of the fashions, a section on drafting a basic sloper, and instructions on drafting the fashions shown in the magazine.
In every issue, there was a prize drawing using the names of subscribers for one of the original garments used in the last issue, a Japanese designer outfit. One day a box arrived on my porch at home from Japan – I had won! I saved the outfit all these years and it is in perfect condition because that thing is way too tiny to fit anyone I know. The waist of the pants measures only 24 inches. But I love it because it is an example of high-end sewing I would not otherwise ever see.
Here is the picture in the magazine of the outfit. Below is the outfit now.
Tomorrow I will show some features from the inside of the garments.
One funny thing that happened as a result of all this was that the magazine printed names and addresses of the winners in the next issue. I got several letters from around the world, one containing a marriage proposal. He said he would shower me with riches, as I recall. I admired his energetic spirit in pursuit of a green card but decided to pass up that offer.