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m4chunet
01-22-2010, 11:25 AM
Hello! I'm new and exited about this site! Here's my question. . . I am very interested in learning to make my own patterns. What is the best way to learn. Book from the library? On-line sites? If so...suggestions??:o

Kymy
01-22-2010, 03:25 PM
Hello! I'm new and exited about this site! Here's my question. . . I am very interested in learning to make my own patterns. What is the best way to learn. Book from the library? On-line sites? If so...suggestions??:o


I haven't found a lot of good info on the net, lots of bits & pieces and they all have their own way of doing stuff so it can be a bit confusing. I know I have heard a lot of books recommended in the past.

Honestly though, I just wing it! If it has potentional I might adjust it & try again. They I will trace out a nice copy & trace make a larger variety of sizes. I never read a book, all trial & error and experience from sewing from other patterns.

That being said I would suggest checking some books out from the library & go from there. These are the only ones I remember, I don't know if your library carriers them, but I am sure they have lots more!

http://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Patterns-Step-Step/dp/1845374568/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264191510&sr=8-2

http://www.amazon.com/Patternmaking-Made-Easy-Connie-Amaden-Crawford/dp/0964951657/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264191587&sr=8-2

plfreitag
01-26-2010, 02:58 AM
There are many books and websites referring to pattern making. There is also patternmaking software; you plug in the desired measurements, choose what you want, and it drafts the pattern for you.

For me, the best thing would probably be to take a class since I learn better when I can put my hands on something. That said, necessity has given me the opportunity lately to tweak several patterns to the point that I have almost made patterns of my own, albeit not from a blank piece of paper.

You'll want a book on how to make your own slopers. There are several available. If you'll be sewing mostly for yourself, a dress form really helps. You can purchase one or make one for much cheaper. There are instructions on the web for making a dress form from duct tape....it doesn't have to be a several-hundred-dollar investment.

Here are a few links:
http://www.leenas.com/English/draw_patterns.html
http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/pattern-drafting
http://www.patterndraftingforfitandfashion.com/
http://www.theebooksbay.com/index.php/ebook/pattern-drafting-for-dressmaking/

I'd go easy at first until you're certain you want to do this. Don't go investing a lot of money into it right away. Give it some time and try a few patterns. You may really love it....and you may hate it. You can always buy the expensive stuff later.

HTH

Trisha in MO :icon_wink:

AshleyLD
01-26-2010, 10:52 AM
i have followed tutorials and such on how to make a few things.. And now i just wing it. There are tutorials all over the net. :D