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Question on patterns [Oct. 1st, 2007|07:41 pm]


Can anyone recommend pattern drafting and altering starting points? I am a newbie designer, and I really want to know how to create my own patterns and not just wing it and trial and error a million times like I am now. Any advice?

[User Picture]From: synj_munki
2007-10-02 12:06 am (UTC)
there should be at least a few books at a public library on sewing that include altering patterns, and a decent library should have some on drafting....

i find basic things (that are made of triangles and squares, like a lot of historic garments) are the easiest to start with.

also, a dress form (and a book on draping) is a really nice thing to have (some are expensive, or you could make one w/ duck tape, mine is usually nearly $200 but i found it used at a flea market for $15).
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[User Picture]From: poised_ivy
2007-10-02 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks to you too!
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[User Picture]From: caliginous
2007-10-02 12:28 am (UTC)
patternsource has drafting instructions in thememories, the vintagesewing.info site should have some books on alteration. also look for Metric Pattern Cutting and Pattern making by the Flat Pattern method. Both are available on amazon.com and might be in a library. I use pattern making, others swear by metric, but both are going to be good resources for turning a basic pattern (block or sloper depending on the terminology) into more interesting things.
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