How To Make Your Own Sewing Patterns: Getting Started (Part 1)
You’ve done it. You have decided you want to learn how to make your own sewing patterns but you’re a little lost on where and how to get started. I hear ya! This 4 part series on how to make your own sewing patterns will give you a great overview!
The first question you need to answer when wanting to know how to make your own sewing patterns is:
What is the end point?
And by this I mean – what do you intend to use the sewing patterns for?
- Will they be for you and your own personal use?
- Will you use the patterns as a base for future customers?
- Are you wanting to develop sewing patterns to sell to other sewers?
Knowing the end point will help with the getting started point! Lets take a look…
1. Patterns For Your Own Personal Use
If you want to know how to make your own sewing patterns so that you can use them for your own personal use, you should firstly sign up for my free pattern making basics email course. It’s designed to teach students how to draft the basic blocks, which are fundamental to learning how patterns work – in my honest opinion anyway!
Once you have created your personal blocks, you are all set to develop them into different clothing styles for yourself. Using your own personal blocks allows you to think about proportions when creating patterns from them, so you’re more likely to create your own sewing patterns that fit great and look really good.
If the patterns are for your own personal use, you can very easily get away will the basic pattern making tools and develop your patterns on paper. This is a lot simpler to get started.
2. Patterns For Future Customers
If you are a dressmaker or upcoming fashion designer wanting to know how to make your own sewing patterns to use on clients, you could also get started by learning how to develop personal blocks.
This would put you in a great position to develop custom blocks for each of your clients or your target customers for designers. Designers, this would be a great way to develop your ‘house blocks’ so there is consistency in your brand’s collections. (You can also sign up for the free pattern making basics course here.)
Aside from drafting the basic blocks from scratch, the designers amongst you could also think about developing your patterns digitally using a programme such as Adobe Illustrator. You will find it easier to create the patterns on paper first and then scan them in and digitise them, until your skills have developed enough that you can work directly in Illustrator.
3. Developing Sewing Patterns To Sell To Others
If your plan is to learn how to make your own sewing patterns so that you can create and sell your own designs, I would highly recommend starting straight out in Adobe Illustrator. This is often how I work when developing patterns for myself, and it makes it a much faster process when learning how to make your own sewing patterns.
It does take some getting used to, but once you know the programme shortcuts, its a lot faster than drafting on paper, scanning in and then tracing the pattern pieces.
You can create your basic blocks, and then use these to develop different styles. Grading in Illustrator is also a doddle which means you are going to be faster at designing, creating and then testing your pattern design.
Okiedokie, we’ve covered the getting started section in this four part series.. pop back for my next posts!
Make Your Own Sewing Patterns Series
That’s part one of the four part series sorted… check the dates below for when parts two, three and four are published!
- Part 1: How To Make Your Own Sewing Patterns: Getting Started
- Part 2: How To Make Your Own Sewing Patterns: 5 Techniques (16th August 2017)
- Part 3: How To Make Your Own Sewing Patterns: Developing A Design (23rd August 2017)
- Part 4: How To Make Your Own Sewing Patterns: Pattern Testing (30th August 2017)