How to Get Started with Pattern Making


In this week's video I wanted to answer a question that I got from a member of the In-House Patterns Studio Facebook Group.

She asked:  How do you get started with pattern making?

She wanted to know where to go to get the best pattern making instruction and basically how to begin designing her own patterns that fit.

I believe this is a growing desire among garment sewing enthusiasts. As we gain and master more advanced sewing skills we become intellectually and creatively ready to level up. We become tired of constantly making the same fitting adjustments to commercial patterns and compromising on styles that are close but not exactly what we were looking for. I believe this question or desire is a natural step in growing your creative abilities.

If you're interested in this topic, watch this video to hear my answer.

After you've finished watching you can explore the links to the FREE resources I mentioned in the video:

FREE Scaled Block Patterns (get your scaled block patterns here)

Two Essential Skills (Lesson 1)

How to True Darts and Manage Dart Volume (Lesson 2)

Three Ways to Manage the Back Shoulder Dart (Lesson 3)

How to Create and Balance a Flared Skirt (Lesson 4)

How to Pattern the Trumpet Sleeve (Lesson 5)

Ready to level up? Check out these resources:

The Bodice Block Weekend Event (in-person workshop)

Designed to Fit: The Bodice Block (online course)


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