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

Beginner

We recommend watching the lessons, below, in the order shown. Before you start, go to our “Pivot Front Shoulder Dart to Armhole Dart” pattern making lesson” and download our Women’s Basic Bodice sloper files (Free download to subscribers), or use your own draped bodice. When you’re done, you will know how to draft a series of pattern slopers, also known as blocks, and how to design a variety of styles using these blocks as your foundation. You will know how to manipulate darts and create an assortment of neckline styles. You will have 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”. Once you get to, and complete, a few Beginner sleeves in this section, you’ll be ready for our Intermediate and Advanced patternmaking lessons.

Straight Sleeve Sloper
Straight Sleeve Sloper
Pattern Making Free Lesson
Beginner
Basic Pant Sloper
Basic Pant Sloper
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
Pivot Front Shoulder Dart to Side Seam Dart
Pivot 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
Pivot Front Shoulder Dart to Armhole Dart
Pivot 2 Dart Bodice Variation – Neck & French Dart
Pivot Back Shoulder Dart to Back Neckline
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 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”.

Basic Bodice Sloper
Basic Bodice Sloper
Pattern Making
Intermediate
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