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Pattern Making for Sewing...Why Make Your Own Patterns



    In sewing and fashion design a sewing pattern is a piece of paper, cardboard, or some type of template, that is used to make a garment.  It is pinned onto the fabric or traced onto the fabric.  Then cut out, and sewn together.  In most cases seam allowances are added into the pattern.

Why make your own patterns for sewing and fashion design?

Unfortunately, not all figures match commercial pattern measurements.  Adjustments and pattern alterations need to made to the pattern before pinning and cutting out the fabric.

Another approach would be to design very basic patterns to fit your figure. Example; a straight skirt pattern to fit your measurements. Once you have a master basic pattern, you will want to make several  duplicates for creating different styles. From that point you would use your basic pattern and make changes accordingly.  An example would be if you wanted to use your straight skirt pattern and make it flared, or add darts, or a facing with a zipper, or pleats. 

There are many details to remember when making or drafting pattern pieces.  Any time you make a change, and on all new pattern pieces you have made, you need to add a grain line and see how it will be affected.   You also need to make sure that the changed piece and/or new pieces you've made, will match up to each other.

The best way to start is to look for designs in fashion magazines, and adapt your basic pattern from that.  In time you may even want to create your own designs!  A lot of this is trial and error.  Take your time and practice your pattern making.  Make your garment out of muslin first.  Once you have acquired commercial patterns and altering commercial patterns, try making your own patterns.  These are excellent and exciting skills to have!



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