Nothing too complicated for a start, but things which I may be able to use to make the patterns I have now more unique. If you have been reading my blog, you will know by now that I love to deviate from the pattern instructions, by adding little trims here and there. By starting this series, I will be able to document my foray into customising my commercial patterns with different necklines, or dart positions, or sleeves or collars. It won't be easy I know, but I think if I can sew, then I can do this as well. Plus there is alot of information on the blogoshpere for pattern making, so I know I will be okay. The road will be bumpy, but I will get there someday.
Last year I bought Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear by Winifred Aldrich, which can be bought from Amazon here. I found a bit complicated, probably because I did not have making knowledge. I still do, but it might work for someone else. So you can check it out if you want.
This year, I bought another book, Pattern Making for Fashion Design by Helen Armstrong found here at amazon. This book is not cheap (£46.29), but I think if you are serious about learning something, you should invest in it. Buying these books work out cheaper than paying for a beginner course in pattern drafting, which will only teach me things I can figure out myself. So my strategy is to start studying on my own, and then when I feel the need to, sign up for an intermediate course which will teach me more advanced things. I also like learning by experimenting, so there.
There are also many resources online to learn pattern drafting you are interested. I have been reading the Fashion Incubator lately, and there is a wealth of information there. I will also be uploading more pattern drafting themed sites as I go along.
While reading about pattern drafting, the recurring theme was investing in good tools, some of which are quite pricey. Some of them you already own, like an awl, or good rullers, and cello-tape.
I'm not going to go over the most important tools to use as a beginner, because lets face it, I am just begining myself so I do not know my left earlobe from my right index finger, but you can find a good article over at Burdastyle on the important tools you need for drafting your own pattern.
I have started buying the essentials I think I will need now, and which I can afford at the moment. I found this really cool thing called the Shoben Fashion Curve.
|Shoben Fashion Curve|
|Fairgate designer kit|
Is anyone else learning how to draft their own patterns?
have a nice day