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« on: April 06, 2005 10:49:27 PM »

Yeah, so I want to learn! I know nothing about pattern drafting, I do know how to sew and read patterns (and actually understand why it works and all that). SO I am asking you crafty ladies who know how to draft patterns, how did you learn? What books did you use? If you even used any.

Would I be crazy to try and make something (first attempt would be a simple A-line strapless dress) without reading a book first? I got this amazing fabric (just over 3 yards for 2bucks at a thrift store!!!!!!!!) And I can never find the right pattern for what I want, it is simple, but I need it in my size (which isn't near a small) and all that, however if you know a good pattern, please recommend it.


OK so this is the fabric

Brown with white poka dots

And a cheezy stetch I made for the dress I want


Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2005 09:26:49 PM »

I learned by studying fashion design.  I would check out your local comm. college/j.c. to see if they have any patternmaking classes you can take.  2 books I would suggest are Patternmaking for Fashion Design & Draping for Fash. Design both by Helen Joseph Armstrong. They are pretty pricey books ($60+ each) so I would definitely shop around. If you have the choice I would suggest taking a draping class first as I have found that beginning students have an easier time understanding the concepts by directly manipulating fabric on the dressform to create the pattern (aka draping) as opposed to drafting them on paper (aka flat patternmaking). 

If you can't take a class, I suggest buying patterns that have the elements of the dress you want to make and putting them together to create your pattern.  This works best if you use patterns from the same pattern co. family (e.g., Butterick, McCall's, and Vogue are all part of the same family) as they all use the same sloper (beg. pattern) which means they will match up better.  You definitely need to use muslin to make the first pattern for this and a dressform would also help.

Another tip is to buy a fitting pattern. All pattern companies have these type of patterns (Butterick's for example is #5746) for both top/skirt and pants.  You create these patterns from your measurements. You can manipulate other patterns using this pattern and if you do study patternmaking you can use these as your sloper and create any pattern you want from them.

I hope all of this hasn't been too confusing and actually helpful. If you have any questions you can always pm me as I was once a TA in a patternmaking class so I am familiar with questions that beginning students might have. Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2005 10:06:31 PM »

 Grin I learnt from a local ad in the paper for a sewing/pattern making course. We met up once a week at her house and she taught us how to make patterns from scratch to fit our exact size. we learn skirt, pants, shirt then dress...so....I think perhaps dresses may be a bit harder, especially as your picture looks like its has darts and all of that....I can scan the manual this lady gave me and send u the pictures in an email, but it is quite mathematical, and can be confusing...(well at least i found it confusing)  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2005 10:41:43 PM »

Thanks so much for the advice, I have looked into taking classes at my local community college but they offer nothing (beginning, intermediate, and advanced sewing classes, for no credit) but nothing else even close to sewing or crafting or anything. I actually already made the dress out of a pattern I already had (it was too small for me, so I did A LOT of manipulating). I will look into those books (when I get some cash) thanks so much!
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2005 10:58:13 AM »

I took a costuming class at college, and we learned patternmaking from scratch, starting with half-size slopers and moving up to full size ones with our own measurements.  From that, we all made our own costumes (I keep meaning to post mine, maybe I'll do that later?).  It was a lot of mechanical drafting.  We learned how to make the basic sloper and then how to alter the pattern to make it into whatever we want.  Because it was a costume class, it concentrated on the construction, not the fashion.  We used Costume Construction by Katherine Strand-Evans.  I believe it was around $30. It starts with extreme basics (tools, supplies, fabric descriptions), then sewing techniques, creating and manipulating patterns, draping, detailing (embroidery, pleating, etc).  Then it gets into the less fashion, more costume stuff like corsets, hoops, hats, shoes, masks, armor, jewelry, etc.  It's pretty fun if you're into embellishing and experimenting.'

This was really long and kinda pointless post, sorry.  I guess I just miss sewing, art school keeps me really busy.  I hope something was useful.
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2005 11:05:58 AM »

ikillbarbies - Your post actually wasn't pointless, I have a costume class at my community college that I completly looked over, but if it teaches the basic's of pattern drafting...I think I might have to look into that see what it offers, thanks so much!

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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2005 08:27:16 AM »

I finally posted my costume! yay!

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