I have recently started my patternmaking journey.
The reason is that I wanted to create my own pattern fitted to my body instead of buying those ready-made ones and making adjustment.
Of course the process is a bit longer the first times because it means you have to make calculations and draw it. But on the other hand it gives me a sense of achievement. And I have always liked technical drawing (calculations are a bit of a headache…but it’s part of the learning process).
So, I bought these books to get started
Design it yourself clothes by Cal Patch
Patternmaking for fashion design by Helen Joseph Armstrong
Little Black Dress, The: How to Make the Perfect One for You by Simon Henry
And I made a few patterns on paper… but this is a pain if you want to share it online…
UPDATE 2015: SOME OF THIS CONTENT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR FREE. I TRIED TO UPDATE THE LINKS IN ANY CASE.
What I was missing was a tutorial on how to do it on my computer… after some searches…finally Bingo… I found this fantastic tutorial series by Ralph Pink of Fashion Gorgeois He is really a master of Illustrator and a great patternmaker. And I am really happy he spent his time to make these tutorials.
I got started with the basic bodice pattern. To help you out with measurements he created a fantastic Measurement generator in centimeters… which takes all the hassle of calculations away from you (Great!!!)
Here is a tutorial on How to use the Measurement Generator.
Then I moved on to create my basic bodice pattern using this tutorial. It’s a quite long process, so be prepared to spend a couple of hours on it.
It requires some basic knowledge of Illustrator, but in the video he gives a few tips on how to do it.
At the time I had some basic knowledge gathered through prior training, and Ralph’s tutorial helped me out a lot.
I used this tutorial for learning How to Print a Digital Pattern
Now I am done with my first pattern and I even went and did a second one for my Sailing on the Lake Blouse tutorial that I will share with you this weekend.
The pattern testing on fabric is about to start… let’s see if I mastered the technique ;o)
Do you create your own digital patterns? What process do you use? I would be happy to hear your experience.