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Fashion, Sewing Patterns, Inspiration, Community, and Learning. Your Wardrobe Unlock'd. By Cathy Hay “Using your individual measurements, a pattern is drafted by scratch using the most exacting of standards.

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It's very clinical and scientific. Everything is measured with a ruler to the greatest degree of precision possible, much like an engineering drawing, using a drafting square and a scale formula. It's extremely complicated, and everything must be checked and double-checked. There are slightly different methods you can use, but they all involve a lot of measuring and calculation. The bespoke clothing industry and the patternmaking industry make pattern drafting seem terribly complicated and mysterious, and why not? But let's cut them a little slack. Although patterns are made and sold for our convenience, available in a range of convenient sizes, most of us know that this still does not guarantee a well-fitting garment. And so the single most freeing skill that a sewer or costumer can have is to learn to draft his or her own patterns.

Before we begin. How to dress a straight body type shape rectangle body ruler body. How To Turn Your Dress Ideas Into Reality By Making A Custom Pattern. Jenna!

How To Turn Your Dress Ideas Into Reality By Making A Custom Pattern

You continue to astound and amaze us with your just do it your own damn self awesomeness! As stated below - this is really pattern draping, but the BEST source I've found for actual flat pattern drafting using slopers (the basic building blocks of every garment pattern piece) is "The Theory of Fashion Design", by Helen Brockman. It's from 1965, and is a super fantastic source of the hows and whys of how the elements of a design work together, and then how that all translates into your drafted pattern pieces. The sample designs are at once classic, kitsch, and insanely informative. Once you set up your first set of personal slopers and start flat pattern drafting, you're pretty much hooked! Flagged Aha. I have done plenty of pattern drafting on paper, from measurements, but I think that process would be hard for me to convey in a step-by-step tutorial.

That book sounds fantastic — and it looks like it's on Alibris. Drafting Your Own PDF Sewing Patterns - An Overview. Hello there!

Drafting Your Own PDF Sewing Patterns - An Overview

If you are new here, you might want to subscribe via email so you don't miss a post. UPDATE: I’ve launched a course that covers all the information to use Illustrator to make PDF patterns. It’s the course I wish I had been able to find when I was starting; you can find out more about how to make sewing patterns here: Now back to the original post. Beginning to draft - Page 4. You will need a piece of paper that is big enough for the whole draft; stick two pieces together if necessary, and then turn the paper over so that the tape is on the back.

Beginning to draft - Page 4

From top to bottom it will need to be (your nape-to-waist measurement) + (your waist-to-hip measurement) + 15cm (6”) So if your nape to waist is 17” and your waist to hip is 8”, the paper will need to be 31” long. Drafting patterns with Illustrator and printing patterns at home on A4. I have recently started my patternmaking journey.

Drafting patterns with Illustrator and printing patterns at home on A4

The reason is that I wanted to create my own pattern fitted to my body instead of buying those ready-made ones and making adjustment. Of course the process is a bit longer the first times because it means you have to make calculations and draw it. But on the other hand it gives me a sense of achievement. Importance of Pattern Making in Garment making. Pattern making technique Pattern making is a highly skilled technique which calls for technical ability, and a sensitivity to interpret a design with a practical understanding of garment construction.

Importance of Pattern Making in Garment making

For successful dress designing pattermaking forms the fundamental step. This function connects design to production by producing paper templates for all components such as cloth, hemming, fusibles etc. which have to be cut for completing a specific garment. There are three methods of preparing patterns: Drafting Draping Bought or commercial pattern. Essential Measuring Points for Fitting a Pattern - Threads.