Why would a sewer want to learn some patternmaking?

September 10, 2015
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Fit, Fit, Fit. The answer is to obtain a range of pattern options that fit perfectly. Patterns are made from basic garments called blocks. Blocks are fitted to the individual’s measurements and are then altered to make different designs.

For example, a pants block may have pockets added, the waist raised or lowered and the leg width changed to make a wardrobe of pants. Having a basic pant block means you can stay in fashion and ensure a perfect fit into the future without ever buying another commercial pattern.

Basic blocks include skirts, pants and knitwear blocks. Some of our short course students have advanced to making their own shirts and blouses and have the skills to tackle the next stage of pattern making the bodice block.