In the section on Basic Pattern Techniques, I show you how to manipulate a pattern to move darts (creating a Princess seam or a shoulder yoke on a bodice), and how to slash-and-spread your pattern to add fullness.
But, there is more than one way to do almost anything - and that includes pattern design.
In this video, I demonstrate two different methods of pattern manipulation to change the position of a dart (or convert it to a seam, tucks, or gathers), and to add fullness to a skirt. Both methods achieve the same result, but take a different path to get there.
I also explain the pros and cons of each method, so you can decide for yourself which may work best for you.
Warning - this is a LONG video!! I hope it's helpful to you, and you can stop and start it, or fast-forward to a section that's of interest to you.
The following are pages on this site where you can get more information about dart manipulation and the slash-and-spread technique:
This page describes basic pattern techniques: https://www.clothingpatterns101.com/pattern-drafting.html
This page shows how to draft a Princess seam: https://www.clothingpatterns101.com/princess-seam.html
This page shows how to slash and spread for a full skirt: https://www.clothingpatterns101.com/full-skirt.html
This page shows how to slash and spread for a full sleeve (This info is NOT included in the video, so check out the page!): https://www.clothingpatterns101.com/full-sleeve.html
And this page (info also NOT included in the video) shows you how to pivot a dart to create a yoke: https://www.clothingpatterns101.com/shoulder-yoke.html
Finally, you can purchase in-depth tutorials that teach much more about dart manipulation: https://www.clothingpatterns101.com/desiging-with-darts.html
or, using these manipulation techniques to design skirts, blouses and dresses: https://www.clothingpatterns101.com/design-skirts-blouses-dresses.html
Take out your quarter scale patterns and start practicing these techniques! Which works best for you?
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