Pattern Making

What is Pattern Making?

While Draping is the three dimensional method of creating your designs, pattern making is the two dimensional method. It's also a critical input into the manufacturing process for your designs. Click on any lesson picture, below, to learn more! Note: You'll learn the most from these lessons by doing exactly what the teachers are doing, using your own materials

Beginner

These lessons will teach you how to draft a series of pattern slopers, also known as blocks, and then how to design a variety of styles using these blocks as your foundation. We recommend that you begin with our basic “Straight Sleeve Sloper” lesson and then explore our other sleeve variations. From there, move to our “Basic Straight Skirt” lesson and then to our series on circle skirts. Next up: Bodices. You can either download our free-to-paid-subscribers Women’s Basic Bodice sloper (in U.S. sizes 2-16), or use your own draped bodice, to learn how to manipulate darts and create an assortment of neckline styles. From there, move to our series on drafting various collars. Do our “Basic Pant Sloper” lesson last. These beginner lessons will help you 1) create a valuable sloper library, 2) master the use of your patternmaking tools and 3) introduce you to the terminology used by patternmakers, e.g. “squaring off”, “trueing”, “blending lines” and the “slash & spread”. Once you have completed these beginner lessons you can move on to our Intermediate lessons, and then on to our Advanced lessons.

Flattening a Sleeve Cap
Flattening a Sleeve Cap
Pattern Making
Beginner
Drafting a Flare Skirt
Drafting a Flare Skirt
Pattern Making
Beginner
Pivot Front Shoulder Dart to Armhole Dart
Pivot Back Shoulder Dart to Back Neckline
Pivot 2 Dart Bodice Variation – Neck & French Dart
Straight Sleeve Sloper
Straight Sleeve Sloper
Pattern Making Free Lesson
Beginner
Transfer Side Bust Bodice Drape to Paper-Oaktag
Convert Bodice Sloper to Fitted Torso Sloper
Pivot Front Shoulder Dart to One Waist Dart
Pivot Front Shoulder Dart to Side Seam
Beginner
Draft Straight Skirt Sloper
Beginner
Quarter Circle Skirt
Quarter Circle Skirt
Pattern Making
Beginner
Half Circle Skirt
Half Circle Skirt
Pattern Making
Beginner
Three Quarter Circle Skirt
Beginner
Full Circle Skirt
Full Circle Skirt
Pattern Making
Beginner
Mounting & Fitting a Suit Jacket Sleeve
Beginner
Suit Sleeve From Measurements
Beginner
Convertible Collar
Convertible Collar
Pattern Making
Beginner
Sailor Collar
Sailor Collar
Pattern Making
Beginner
Peter Pan & Roll Collars – Three Variations
Banded Collar
Banded Collar
Pattern Making
Beginner
Mandarin Collar
Mandarin Collar
Pattern Making
Beginner
Basic Pant Sloper
Basic Pant Sloper
Pattern Making
Beginner
Transfer Torso Sloper to Oaktag
Beginner
Transfer Suit Sleeve to Oaktag Sloper
Beginner
Transfer Fitted Sleeve to Oaktag
Beginner
Short Flare Sleeve Draft
Short Flare Sleeve Draft
Pattern Making
Beginner
Puff Sleeve Draft
Puff Sleeve Draft
Pattern Making
Beginner
Petal Sleeve Draft
Petal Sleeve Draft
Pattern Making
Beginner
Long Bell Sleeve
Long Bell Sleeve
Pattern Making
Beginner
Fitted Sleeve From Straight Sleeve Sloper
Convert Fitted Sleeve to Suit Sleeve
Beginner
Convert Suit Sleeve to Two Piece Sleeve
Beginner
Convert Fitted Torso Sloper to Suit Sloper
Bishop Sleeve
Bishop Sleeve
Pattern Making
Beginner

Intermediate

These Intermediate videos will teach you how to draft patterns from body measurements and how to complete more complex lessons such as drafting a raglan sleeve, kimono sleeve and how to draft knit slopers.  If you’re relatively new to patternmaking, start with how to draft a  “Basic Bodice Sloper” and then our dart manipulation lessons which will enable you to create the slopers that you will need for our “Kimono Sleeve” and “Raglan Sleeve” lessons. These will be your foundation for our lesson on how to “Convert a Bodice Sloper to a Fitted Torso Sloper”.

How to Fit a Classic Pant
How to Fit a Classic Pant
Pattern Making
Intermediate
Drafting a Legging
Drafting a Legging
Pattern Making
Intermediate
High-Waisted Skirt
High-Waisted Skirt
Pattern Making
Intermediate
Princess Dress
Princess Dress
Pattern Making
Intermediate
Introduction to Pattern Grading
Intermediate
Kimono Sleeve Sloper
Kimono Sleeve Sloper
Pattern Making
Intermediate
Panty Sloper
Panty Sloper
Pattern Making
Intermediate
Raglan Sleeve Sloper
Raglan Sleeve Sloper
Pattern Making
Intermediate
Knit Stretch Reductions – Skirt Slopers
Knit Stretch Reductions – Pant Slopers
Knit Stretch Reductions – Sleeve Slopers
Knit Stretch Reductions: Torso Slopers
Convert Torso Sloper to Stable Knit Torso Sloper
Basic Bodice Sloper
Basic Bodice Sloper
Pattern Making
Intermediate

Advanced

Drafting a Women’s Jacket
Advanced