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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.

Technique Materials

ruler, L square, French curve, calculator, pattern paper, set of body measurments

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    Oct 10, 2015, 08.47 AMby 3na

    The instruction says “measure the height of the arm” to define where our armholes will begin. (Step 6) That is a little unclear to me. Is that the distance between the waist and arm hole ? If so, how is the measurement taken ? The length differs when the measurement it’s taken from the front side or back. Is the arm lying flat or raised when the measurement is taken ? I’m trying to be as accurate with my measurements as possible as I’ve had some previous unsuccessful attempts at pattern drafting so any advice would be hugely appreciated ! Thanks :)

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      Oct 23, 2015, 08.57 PMby sartemis

      Hey, sorry for replying so late.
      You need the heigth of the arm or below arms measurement for step 6. You stick a non flexible ruler under your arm, aproximatly at the heigth of a well fitting armhole in a garment. (so not completely in your armpit but slightly below) and slightly squeeze it with your arm so it stays put. measure from the top of your ruler to your waist. (there is a picture of this in the measurements tutorial, I noticed the link was dead, so, I’ve updated it). I hope you’ll be sucsessfull in all your drafting adventures!

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    Jun 3, 2015, 05.29 AMby nicholassscott


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    May 12, 2015, 08.43 AMby kennethharris

    Great idea

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