JANUARY 14, 2018
We have been online for almost half a year and we would like to tell you a bit about our work and how we develop our instructions on pattern cutting. We have already shown you some pictures of our process on our Facebook page, but now we would like to explain more closely how our tutorials are made.
We have focused on making tutorials on the most basic techniques in pattern cutting. With the tutorials available on our site today, you can make a large number of the most common silhouettes and cuts for garments.
Prospectively we will make instructions on several different techniques within pattern making, which might be more experimental and as we think would be fun for you to work with.
HOW TO USE OUR INSTRUCTIONS ON BASIC BLOCKS
Are you new in pattern cutting? Or do you want to practice drafting the basic blocks?
In this post we review in quarter size how to make the basic dress block.
When we start a new project, we start by defining the piece we want to work with. The latest project we have made is our instruction on how to make a jumpsuit like the following.
Our own basic blocks are always our starting point when we make a new instruction. In the case with the jumpsuit, we have used our dress block and our trouser block.
Since we have stored all our instructions as full-size patterns we start by finding the basic patterns we have to work from as you see on the first picture below. Then we copy the pattern pieces onto a new piece of pattern paper. From there, we can start the drafting of the new pattern based on the two basic patterns as you can see at the second picture. When we think we have a reasonably draft for the new pattern, we once again copy the pattern pieces onto a new piece of pattern paper and cut it out as you can see at the third picture. Now we are ready to try out the first draft of the pattern with a sample.
The first step towards making a sample of the model we just made our pattern for, is to find some fabric that you can make it in. We use a plain non-bleached canvas in cotton because it is easy to work with and also - it is usually the cheapest fabric you can buy.
When the patterns have been cut in the canvas, we sew the pieces together so the model can be fitted on a body. Of course, we make a distinction between personal adjustments and what is customized in relation to the design of the model. The adjustments made on the sample are then drawn to the draft of our pattern. If necessary, the model will be sewn and adjusted again. When we are completely satisfied with our result, the hand drawn construction of the pattern is drawn at the computer as a full-size pattern, so we can be sure that the illustrations are accurate and measurable.
From left: 1: Pattern pieces of the jumpsuit placed on canvas and prepared for cutting. 2: the jumpsuit sewn in canvas and fitted on a body. 3: the finished full size pattern drawn on the computer to make a measurable illustration for the instruction on the jumpsuit.
Once the pattern is finished on the computer, we begin the actual instruction on the model, where all the steps on how to get from your basic block to the silhouette or detail you have chosen is explained in both text and in illustrations, like the following page overview from the jumpsuit tutorial.
When everything is completed and we have tested the instruction, it will be available here at our shop as a PDF-file as you can download from your account as soon as you are checked out.
We hope we have given you a bit more insight into our world and inspired you to start creating new and exciting patterns.
>> We would like to see what you create! Be a part of our community for pattern makers here and show us what you make from our instructions. Share your ideas, tips and tricks with us and every one in there <<
Let us know what you think!
Helle & Christina
PATTERN OF THE WEEK:
THE OVERSIZE COAT
The oversized look has been here over the past many decades. Of course, over time it has been various parts of the clothing that have been oversized from accessories to outerwear.
PATTERN OF THE WEEK:
In this week we have chosen to look into the jumpsuit as it is the type of garment that both has an exciting history and has endless possibilities in its appearance.