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I have so many excuses for not getting my sewing done - but after seeing this, I have no excuse at all! Incredible!
Did you know you can customize your body form for better fit? And it's not hard - with the right tools!
Did you know you can slash and spread your pattern to create new styles? Well, a COPY of your pattern, I mean. It's the easiest way to add fullness to a fitted garment pattern.
Manipulating your darts can create new style details - without sacrificing fit!
Use your quarter scale patterns to practice and learn new design techniques. It's much easier than using your full-scale pattern when you're learning the process!
What are the basic pattern techniques you'll need to learn to design clothing patterns? There are just a few basic skills you'll need to master - and they're not hard.
Why do you need a dress block? Why can't you just re-design a purchased pattern? We'll tell you in this video!
Why do you need to use darts in your patterns? Because they shape the fabric to the shape of your body!
If you're afraid you can't draft your own clothing patterns because you don't have (or don't even know about) the tools you'll need to do it, don't worry!
While there are lots of tools you COULD use, there are really only 3 that I depend upon and use every time - and one of them is a pencil!
This site isn't about how to sew, it's about how to make clothing patterns. But sewing skill is essential, so here's a list of sewing classes that will help you upgrade your skills.
If you are larger than a B cup, you'll probably need to make a full bust adjustment (FBA) to your fitting pattern.
A body form is very helpful in getting great fit -but they never replicate YOUR body. But not to worry - you can pad your dress form for better shape and fit!