Prototype No4

odette sat on her hobby horse for testing skirt prototypes

Before starting prototype No4 I realized that I really needed some form of horse at home. Making a garment that’s intended to be worn on a horse is tricky when you haven’t got one at your studio to sit on to try things out. Where there is a will, there’s a way. I had a large wooden saddle stand made especially for the job. I set up the ‘Tailor’s Hobby Horse’ in my living room with my saddle.

With this done I was ready to roll. Joy and I jumped into making the adjustments and soon after we had a revised design ready to go.

I mounted up and wow… the difference having my ‘Tailor’s Hobby Horse’ was inspiring.  We were instantly able to see where refinements were working and the areas that needed a further rethink.


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