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Universal Principles for Patternmaking

Threads magazine - 121 – Oct./Nov. 2005
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After years of studying how to make pattern pieces and observing how successfully they go together, Susan noticed certain universal principles about them. There are several key points in the anatomy of a pattern. And because they are universal to all garments, they exist on almost every pattern you use.

Use these principles as a guide or checklist to proofread your patterns, and you’ll eliminate many initial pattern glitches. As you apply these principles, your mastery of pattern alterations will develop and you’ll enjoy sewing better-fitting garments.

Whether drafting or altering, you’ll find these principles extremely helpful the next time you’re working with a pattern. People enjoy wearing more fitted garments these days. Hopefully, these guidelines will help you achieve the look.  

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