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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pattern Drafting Books

I haven't went into much detail on my blog about how I draft many of the patterns I use to sew my creations.  Most of the time I don't use commercial patterns for sewing because for some reason I find it much faster to draft a pattern as opposed to "setting one up" (folding the size lines "just in case" I want to make a different size later).  I thought I should share with you a couple of books that I use when drafting patterns.  
My two favorite books are Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear by Winifred Aldrich and Patternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph Armstrong.  I use the first one to draft my basic slopers and the second one for most design details.  
(A picture of the blazer I drafted for Vyla while I was still working on the pattern)

At the beginning pattern drafting can seem a bit tedious or hard, but over time and with practice it gets to be quite easy.  With either of these books I strongly believe that a person could easily teach themself to draft patterns (I went to college for that, but we used these two books in all the flat pattern drafting classes).  I really wish there was a metric version to the second book because I hate using inches...pattern drafting make so much more sense and the math is much easier when working with tenths as opposed to 8ths and 16ths!  The metric pattern book only includes women's wear, but the Patternmaking for Fashion Design book includes, women's and childrens clothing.

Of course feel free to email me if you have any questions about these books, or pattern drafting in general!

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