Pattern Making

What is Pattern Making?

Pattern making enables you to translate your designs from a single prototype into one (or many millions) of final products. It's 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. Need Closed Captions on a video? Just ask and we'll add them for you.

Beginner

We recommend watching the lessons, below, in the order shown. To begin, start by learning how to draft a collection of slopers or blocks. These slopers will become the foundation for all of your future designs. In our “Drafting a Shoulder Dart Bodice from Measurements” lesson, you will be able to draft a bodice from actual body measurements or from those of your dress form. Be sure to download our easy-to-follow Women’s Measuring Points Diagram and Women’s Measuring Points Chart to assist you in the process. Another alternative is to use our Women’s Basic Bodice sloper files (free download to subscribers) or your own draped shoulder dart bodice sloper. When you have finished drafting your bodice sloper, you will be able to advance to our dart-pivoting series of lessons where you will learn how to transfer darts to other areas of a bodice and draft a series of different necklines. To complete your set of foundational slopers, move to our lessons on how to draft a Straight Sleeve Sloper, a Basic Pant Sloper, a Straight Skirt sloper and our lesson on how to convert a Bodice Sloper to a Fitted Torso Sloper. You will have now the beginnings of a valuable sloper library. Know how to use the most common pattern making tools and understand common patternmaking terminology, such as “squaring off”, “trueing”, “blending lines” and the “slash & spread” method. Once you get to, and complete, a few Beginner sleeves and collars in this section, you’ll be ready for our Intermediate and Advanced pattern making lessons.

Straight Sleeve Sloper
Straight Sleeve Sloper
Pattern Making Free Lesson
Beginner
Drafting a Shoulder Dart Bodice Sloper from Measurements
Basic Pant Sloper
Basic Pant Sloper
Pattern Making
Beginner
Measuring the Female Body
Measuring the Female Body
Pattern Making
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
Transfer Side Bust Bodice Drape to Paper-Oaktag
Pivoting a Front Shoulder Dart to a Side Seam Dart
Pivoting a Front Shoulder Dart to One Waist Dart
Convert Bodice Sloper to Fitted Torso Sloper
Fitted Sleeve From Straight Sleeve Sloper
Petal Sleeve Draft
Petal Sleeve Draft
Pattern Making
Beginner
Short Flare Sleeve Draft
Short Flare Sleeve Draft
Pattern Making
Beginner
Puff Sleeve Draft
Puff Sleeve Draft
Pattern Making
Beginner
Transfer Fitted Sleeve to Oaktag
Beginner
Bishop Sleeve
Bishop Sleeve
Pattern Making
Beginner
Long Bell Sleeve
Long Bell Sleeve
Pattern Making
Beginner
Flattening a Sleeve Cap
Flattening a Sleeve Cap
Pattern Making
Beginner
Convert Fitted Sleeve to Suit Sleeve
Beginner
Transfer Suit Sleeve to Oaktag Sloper
Beginner
Convert Suit Sleeve to Two-Piece Sleeve
Beginner
Suit Sleeve From Measurements
Beginner
Drafting a Flare Skirt
Drafting a Flare Skirt
Pattern Making
Beginner
Pivoting a Front Shoulder Dart to an Armhole Dart
Pivot 2 Dart Bodice Variation – Neck & French Dart
Pivoting a Back-Shoulder Dart to a Back-Neckline Dart
Transfer Torso Sloper to Oaktag
Beginner
Raglan Sleeve Sloper
Raglan Sleeve Sloper
Pattern Making
Beginner
Kimono Sleeve Sloper
Kimono Sleeve Sloper
Pattern Making
Beginner
Mandarin Collar
Mandarin Collar
Pattern Making
Beginner
Banded Collar
Banded Collar
Pattern Making
Beginner
Convertible Collar
Convertible Collar
Pattern Making
Beginner
Peter Pan & Roll Collars – Three Variations
Sailor Collar
Sailor Collar
Pattern Making
Beginner
Convert Fitted Torso Sloper to Suit Sloper
Mounting & Fitting a Suit Jacket Sleeve
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 Side Bust Dart Bodice Sloper from Measurements, a Raglan and Kimono Sleeve sloper and  how to draft a legging and panty. In addition, you will be introduced to pattern grading techniques so that you can size your patterns larger or smaller. Our knit sloper series will provide you with a complete library of ‘cut & sew’ knit slopers. Then you are ready to move to our advanced lesson on Drafting a women’s jacket.

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

Advanced

Drafting a Women’s Jacket
Advanced