Thursday, December 8, 2011

Stealing?, I Mean, Copying a Pattern

Jackets are a good place to start in my opinion, because they can be a simple or as extravagant as you want. It can be as little as 5 pattern pieces for a basic pattern.

Find a good fitting jacket, and one that's un-lined will work the best. so you can see the seams on the inside.

For me the most difficult part of pattern making for jackets is shaping of the sleeve cap and arm hole. I prefer the fit of a two part sleeve so I went with a jacket that had such.

With the paper underneath, stretch and manipulate the jacket to lay flat for the sections you are tracing, taking into consideration the need for seam allowance. I like to make dashes as I go along feeling where the seams are with a pencil.

Then once your done, enjoy the fruits of your labor--sew it up! Keep in mind there might be a lot off about your new pattern so don't use nice fabric, stick to muslim or similar that doesn't stretch so it gives you a good idea of fit.

Pay no mind to the whiskey, I had a good 'ol time getting through this one.

Questions? Bring it.



  1. Man-
    I like your thinking of design. You're somewhat like me. We like what we see, set out to make it and then BAM! the sewing of it-the pieces urrgh!

    But, I've notice not seeing any curves in your pictures. And some of your lines esp. the cap and arm hole is a bit rough. Someone hipped me on to this site where they suggested these curves and they make fantastic lines

    You may want to purchase Muslin to try your patterns out and make adjustments from there before fabric. It is a process, but I've become use to it and the results are so much better when it comes to fit and feel.

    My birthday investment to me was purchasing a mens design form-which perfected everything that I make including rubbing off a garment as you have.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Man-
      Forgot to mention when you sewed this jacket-did you use a walking foot? It literally walks across sticky hard to sew fabrics-giving you better results.