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I found a designers curve 4 rulers in one, made by B. Oleyar at a local thrift shop and would love to be able to use it. Although it has some directions on the packaging I hate to admit, I still don’t get it.

This one has a hip curve, arm holes and a straight ruler and looks like it might be a great tool.

Does anyone have any tips/tricks they are willing to share for using a designers curve?

Thank you very much
Have a great day:-)


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    Apr 7, 2014, 12.01 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    Really the curves are just to give you a neat line when you need it. The rest is down to drafting instructions and what is called “rock of eye” (but that comes with practice). The best thing you can do is to get a good drafting book. I like “Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear” by Winifred Aldrich but this is a good place to start.

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    Apr 11, 2014, 11.39 AMby Tvos

    Hi Sabrina,

    Thank you for the insight, truly appreciated…

    It is depressing when 99.9% of the garments from retail stores just do not fit.

    I have found even the petite sizes are so darn long, maybe made for a Giraffe or wide enough to fit an Elephant. So, I am determined to expand my skills, and create my own clothing. I would really love to create a swim suit and summer dress to wear on vacation.

    I have sewn clothing for my daughter (using retail purchased patterns), but that was years ago. My quilts, pillows and such things turn out well. So with the excellent resource’s I am finding here, practice, and studying I am sure I will get it.

    Thank you so very much for the great advise Have a Wonderful Day :-)

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    Apr 11, 2014, 12.38 PMby Tvos

    I just started to go through the Vintage Sewing information in your link, and have to say Wow! that is a great resource, thank you thank you.

    I know what I will be studying this weekend, and plan to check out the “Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear” as well.

    Thanks again:-)

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      Apr 11, 2014, 05.51 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

      I’m glad I could help! Pretty soon you won’t want to bother with commercial patterns because your basic block (after some toiles) will have the adjustments done already, and you can adapt that for the style you want. It’s a lot simpler than starting with the style and adjusting a pattern to fit. : )

      A dash of reality though: it will very likely take several toiles to get the fit right, and that’s one reason pattern makers get paid so much (freelancers earn £7-£50+ per hour depending on experience etc.). : ) You’ll learn a lot about the structure of the human body and what shapes in art are realistic. I don’t know how your drawing skills are now, but they’ll probably improve as you learn more about pattern cutting.

      The only use I have for commercial patterns now (and then only BurdaStyle) is pattern challenges — to see how to draft a complicated style. It’s like a puzzle when you get something like that. I’m sure it’s better for your brain than a word search!

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