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Patternmaking is the backbone of creating garments. There are a number of methods used to develop patterns: flat patternmaking, drafting, draping, copying an existing garment, and enlarging a small-scale pattern. But the purpose of each is the same: to give someone who sews a way to reproduce a garment reliably.

This 4-day class introduces you to each of these patternmaking methods, so that you understand their differences and have a basic working knowledge of each one. Because flat patternmaking techniques are used in all of the methods, special time and attention will be devoted to learning many flat patternmaking skills.

The class is a combination of lecture, demonstrations, and lots of hands-on exercises. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Flat pattern techniques such as walking and truing a pattern, truing dart legs, creating notches, re-positioning a dart, dart manipulation and dart transfers, creating dart equivalents, and making full bust and small bust adjustments.
  • Establishing accurate grainlines.
  • The difference between industry patterns for ready-to-wear clothing, commercial patterns available to sewing enthusiasts, and custom patterns that dressmakers develop.
  • Enlarging a half-scale pattern.
  • Basics of draping a bodice.
  • Making a pattern from a draped bodice.
  • Taking a person's measurements accurately.
  • Basics of drafting a bodice sloper and how to use the draft.
  • Copying an existing garment.

To see more photos of what it is like to take this class and some designs students drafted, see the Class Photo Gallery page.


For more information and questions about class content, please feel free to get in touch with me:

Sarah Veblen
15 Cross Falls Circle
Sparks, MD 21152
410.472.9253
e-mail: sarah@sarahveblen.com


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