Consider this angle: To what degree do you know how to pattern a circle skirt?

- - Pattern Making

This week, we’ve launched the final two videos in our Circle Skirt series – Quarter Circle Skirt and Half Circle Skirt. For those of you who are mathematicians, creating or reducing fullness in a circle skirt may come easy. However, if you are wondering how to create the differences you see in the header images above, our 4-part series will become your step-by-step guide.

The processes by which designers create a collection are as varied as designers themselves. While some prefer to illustrate and conceptualize, others prefer to work directly with fabric on a dress form or head straight to the pattern paper to create a 2D pattern for the 3D vision in their heads. Many Japanese designers such as Issey Miyaki and Yohji Yamamoto use geometric cutting techniques – take a look at this example of 2D patterns as 3D garments.

Though Full Circle Skirt, Three Quarter Circle Skirt and our two latest videos begin with a circle, allow the the principles you learn to inspire you to experiment with other geometric shapes. Varying degrees and angles in your patterns can produce unexpected results that will make your designs truly unique. For additional pattern making inspiration, learn a little bit about Subtraction Pattern Cutting – a method which relies heavily on the removal of shapes, angles and portions of a pattern in order to create an intended effect.

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.