Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review

Advanced Search
New to PR?
Find a member
MY Stuff
Friends of PR Benefits
My Pattern Reviews
My Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Photo Album
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Deal Corner
Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine Central
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests
Read All Review Requests
Add a Review Request
Live Chats
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
See all Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
all contests
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
Learning pattern drafting from patterns (Tip/Technique)
Viewed 5181 times
Review rated Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 15 people   
Posted by: ryansmumAria
About ryansmumAria starstarstar
Member since: 7/29/05
Reviews written: 135
Sewing skills:Advanced
Favored by: 34 people
tips added: 96
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 9/18/10 3:52 AM
If you are interested in pattern alterations try studying a pattern you already have. (Not all are perfectly drafted but you can still learn from them).

Usually your back pattern piece is larger than your front but by how much?

See how much deeper the center front point at the hemline is than your sides. Become familiar with how a hemline is shaped. Usually it's bowed so cf is a deeper by 1/2 inch to accomodate bustline. Maybe you need more.

Notice the slant of the shoulders and the width.

See how much ease is in your sleeve by walking your sleeve pattern along the edges of your armhole.

How deep is your armhole.

Compare it to one of your favorite best fitting tops that is of similar shape. Which size is closest to that top - is it several sizes?

You need to become intimate with your patterns and make them your friends by spending time getting to really know them.

Do this often enough and one day you will be able to just look at a pattern and know instinctively what needs to be altered...
Merchants on PR
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas

<< Previous Next >>

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques

9 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
Gildarose said...
Thank you! This is very helpful!
9/18/10 9:16 AM
TiffanyN said...
Great tip!
9/19/10 0:13 AM
Elaine Dougan said...
Thanks for this tip.
9/19/10 9:21 AM
Elaine Dougan said...
Thanks for this tip.
9/19/10 9:21 AM
Elaine Dougan said...
Thanks for this tip.
9/19/10 9:21 AM
Elaine Dougan said...
Thanks for this great tip.
9/19/10 9:21 AM
Elaine Dougan said...
Thanks for this great tip.
9/19/10 9:22 AM
monijo said...
This is solid information. Set aside an afternoon or evening to go through the ritual of basic measuring. It will be well worth it.
9/20/10 3:21 AM
Kirstenw said...
Great tip, I draft most of my own patterns and have so much to learn, this would be an excellent way to learn from people who are actually experts, thank you
9/26/10 11:18 AM

Copyright © 2014® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us