Drafting based on existing garments
- Use for simple silhouettes like sleeveless blouse-y tops, shift dresses, OR freehand draft skirts based on rectangles (1, 2, 3)
- Nicely mimics the fit of something you are familiar with
- Not always suitable for more complicated garments
- Use for complex garments like long-sleeved tops, darted bodices, intricate seaming, non-pajama type pants
- Are essentially packaged tutorials with clear directions on construction, helpful tips, and patterns in multiple variations. For example, one pattern will contain sizes 6 through 14. This is fantastic for people (ahem, me) who have different sized tops than bottoms.
- The larger pattern companies like McCall's, Simplicity, and Butterick are often on sale at your local fabric store for ~$1
- Want to go designer? Vogue offers big name designs from famous names like Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Rebecca Taylor, and Badgley Mischka. These are typically more expensive (~$5 on sale), but still a great way to tackle more complicated / innovative designs at home.
- Despite providing measurements for fit, variations in individual bodies mean these still require adjustments and alterations. For example, I have a narrower frame than average and need to adjust my patterns this way.
- Basic garment types are easy to find, but you can't always find an exact match for what you're picturing. In this case, I piece together several patterns or draft part of my own.
Basic Commercial Pattern (McCall's M5972) for a Bodice
Blue arrows indicate dart placements
Red boxes for details like measurements and where to lengthen or shorten
Examples of patterns from Voguepatterns.mccall.com
Hope everyone had a great weekend!