I have been sewing for some yr.s now, and have mostly been astute in following the pattern directions. Now, however, I would like to start experimenting with making my own designs. I have many ideas, but do not know how to get started or the equipment i will need. Any advise would be awesome. Thanks!

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    Nov 15, 2013, 02.52 AMby Emelia Black

    I have a book called “How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns” by Lee Hollahan that I got a few years ago and it’s really helpful! It has basic pattern shapes included that you can modify.

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    Nov 19, 2013, 02.51 PMby katexxxxxx

    Learn to draft! It really is the only way to go. Get a decent drafting manual, and it will help you look for the equipment you need. I prefer Gillian Holman and Winifred Aldrich for drafting.

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    Nov 20, 2013, 07.55 AMby Sunny Stelly

    As i know, this company can help you for sewing your own designs, i am not sure, please check here SouthernAd.com!

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    Mar 20, 2014, 02.45 AMby sewercery

    To start with (especially if you don’t have a dress form) you can draft or buy basic patterns to fit your need. Try looking for bodice, pant, and skirt slopers or blocks. I’ve found some instructions online and I recently bought The Pattern Making Primer by Jo Barnfield & Andrew Richards which is really helpful.

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    Mar 20, 2014, 10.46 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    This is where I started. The real help for beginners is chapter 1 which is about darts. After that I got Metric Pattern Cutting and made several wearable toiles before I got to a pretty good fit (which I’m still tweaking). But using what I’ve learned in three years I got 90% on my Pattern Cutting module at university. I’m not bragging, just showing that this is a good starting point. : )

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