Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Next Step: Drafting a Pattern

For a long time, I've wanted to try drafting a pattern. I have a book with easy instructions. I have a guinea pig (my DD) with a body more typical than mine. School will be out in a few weeks and I'll have some extra time. I've been reading Make Your Own Patterns by René Bergh, and drafting a pattern seems like something I can actually do. I'm going to start with a simple A-line four panel skirt for DD. I've asked myself why would I take on the challenge of drafting a pattern for a simple skirt when I already have several skirt patterns. The answer is simple; to quote British climber George Mallory, "Because it's there." Every once in I while, I need a new challenge. Sewing is the safest area in which to challenge myself. Another reason to try drafting a pattern is to use tools I bought ages ago. Several years ago I enrolled in a certificate program in Industrial Fashion Methods at Philadelphia University. One of the tools we had to buy was a square but I never really had a chance to use it. I also bought a contraption that turns a plastic ruler into a compass. Both of these tools could be used to draft the skirt pattern. I've already spent the money on the book and necessary tools, I might as well draft a pattern.


  1. That book looks interesting and what a good chance to use those tools.

  2. I have an older version of that book and I love it. I made my first pair of jeans from a slacks pattern I had perfected the fit on. They came out great. You may have seen my review. It's the McCall pattern I made my red jeans from. I bet you'll have fun drafting patterns once you jump in with the skirt.