Added Mar 9, 2014
If you want to get into pattern drafting, having your own sloper of pattern block is a must have. Instead of calculating all of your measurements over and over again, do it once thoroughly and adjust that pattern to every shape you can imagine. It's really not that difficult. All you will need are a set of measurements, a calculator, some time and pattern paper.
When I started out making patterns I came across lots of wonderful tutorials on how to construct your own basic patterns, none of them were completely to my liking however. I wanted to construct the basic pattern in one part (as I work with dresses most of the time) and I wanted to understand every step of the process and know where all of the measurements where coming from and if I could or could not change them. What follows is a hopefully comprehensive tutorial on how to draft your own pattern.
ruler, L square, French curve, calculator, pattern paper, set of body measurments
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