Keep Your Pattern Making Skills Sharp

As the school year is wrapping up for many of you and graduation may be near, we, at the University of Fashion, are thinking about the skills you need during the summer to keep you sharp or to prepare you for your first job. Home sewers, we know that learning the art and craft of design sees no school year, so for you we are offering a new video that will refresh your pattern making skills and leave you with a three quarter circle skirt pattern that is just perfect for the spring and summer.

When I preview videos for the University of Fashion and then determine the direction of my weekly blog, I am often astounded by the amount of information packed into our videos. In less than 20 minutes, our most recent video provides such a great review of basic skills as you learn how to draft a new pattern. Our founder, Francesca Sterlacci, expertly demonstrates not only how to properly mark patterns and grainlines according to industry standards, but also shares useful tips to make your patternmaking job a little bit easier.

Did you know there are at least 3 different ways to create a curve within your pattern? Francesca’s expertise as a pattern maker makes her explanations clear, step by step and packed with extra bits of information that can be applied to any pattern you are creating. As she is demonstrating how to draft a three quarter circle skirt in our latest video, she also shares how changing the grainline will affect the drape of your garment, which is such valuable information – whether you are working in the industry, a student or a home sewer.

Our newly released video Three Quarter Circle Skirt will teach you how to draft a skirt that when made in a light poplin or seersucker is a great option for spring or summer. However, come fall and even winter, this pattern could be used in a flannel or even ultra suede for a completely different look. Before we know it, the holiday party season will be here and this three quarter circle skirt could be made in a satin or velvet. Once you have mastered this simple pattern, your options are endless. Enjoy – and please share your designs – we always love to hear from you and to see what you are creating.

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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.