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From: youyou
Date: 05-14-2005, 08:39 AM (1 of 6)
hallo :wink:
please help me to learn how make pattern i am new in sew i need learn ...thanks
User: youyou
Member since: 05-11-2005
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 05-14-2005, 08:18 PM (2 of 6)
hmmm...what do you want to make? This is a big topic, and it might help to pick a project to work on and go from there. There are some good books that show steps with illustrastions too. I'm headed to the library Monday for one, myself!
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From: youyou
Date: 05-24-2005, 09:05 AM (3 of 6)
i hope to make everything for child but not from books but online sites
User: youyou
Member since: 05-11-2005
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From: MaryW
Date: 05-27-2005, 07:05 AM (4 of 6)
Youyou, one of the first things to learn is how to measure and where to measure.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: paroper
Date: 05-27-2005, 09:45 AM (5 of 6)
There are different ways to approach this. There are several pattern design programs that you can buy, put in your computer, put in your measurments, make your design and the computer does it all for you. (They are not cheap.)

You can take classes at a local university or perhaps junior college where they will teach you to use a base fitted pattern with fitted sleeves, fitted waste, straight skirt. They will teach you to fit yourself and how to change this into any type of dress you like. After you have taken this class, you will be able to make anything you want and where and how to slash a pattern to make the changes you need. There are books available on the subject too, but if you learn how to properly fit yourself, you can also fit other people the same way and this is something very important that the classes teach you.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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From: Sewswiththread
Date: 07-17-2005, 03:27 PM (6 of 6)
Dear Youyou,

If I may suggest...

In my experience it is worth buying patterns for children's clothing because by the time you draft a pattern to fit them, they tend to have grown and changed shape. (I should also say I have professional training and experience in drafting patterns.) I spend my time custom drafting patterns for people who are not still growing and changing, such as, I hope, myself.

Even store bought patterns have to be adjusted to fit the wearer. Don't expect that you will not have to make any adjustments especially for kids. My Mom always added length to hems, sometimes disguing them as tucks, and tended to use an elasticized waistband on everything, because she expected us to grow and wanted to get as much use out of our clothes as possible. She was rarely disapointed. This is one way sewing will still save you money: you can add growth room to some aspects of garments you sew for kids and adults. You have to plan for it and you have to adjust your patterns though.

You can also save money on patterns. Perhaps you could get on the mailing lists for some of your local fabric shops. I find that shops in my area have some brand on sale at least every other month for $1.99 or so. A chain store called JoAnn Fabrics just had Vogue patterns for $3.99 apiece for three days this last week. Yes, you read that right, any Vogue pattern in stock, $3.99! They had McCall's for $1.99 at the same time. Another local only store had Simplicity patterns (the same days) for 99 cents each, with coupon from their mailer (although I suspect they would have honored the price for couponless people, too.)

If you decide to draft your own patterns, may I suggest you get a copy of the book "Patternmaking for Fashion Design" by Helen Joseph-Armstrong. If all else fails you can usually find a copy on Hold out for the 3rd edition though. There are some mistakes in earlier editions that only an experienced patternmaker would catch.

Good luck to you,
User: Sewswiththread
Member since: 07-17-2005
Total posts: 2
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