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Pattern drafting advice please

smockerlady | Posted in Patterns on

Hi there, Have posted all over the place and wonder is there an expert out there………. …………..I am trying to find specific details of how to draft a bishop style dress ( for smocking )as I cant use published patterns due to copyright. I want to make the pattern myself so that I can sell my dresses, but also to try and get my designs accepted ( if good enough one day) by Australian Smocking and Embroidery Magazine! I am also struggling to find a publication that has the sizings that fit the Australian standard sizes…………….all I can find is the basic, chest, waist and hip measurement and of course more detailed body measurements ( like you would find in a pattern drafting book) would be needed. Keep hiting brick walls……………..is there anyone out there that can guide me in the right direction of finding either of these. All the Australian websites I come across only have the basic measurements and I cant find any pattern drafting books that quote Australian sizing……………..I have U.S. and U.K. detailed measurements, but they dont fit the Australian sizings………………… …………Can Santa send me the information for Christmas?! lol. Thanks in advance ladies. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


  1. smockerlady | | #1

    Hi there,

    Well Ladies, Santa has answered Part 1!

    A lady from a smocking forum I am on has sent me the information on the pattern drafting.....so all I need is the missing measurements that fit Australian sizing and I will be truly sorted out.

    Happy Christmas everyone.

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      artfulenterprises | | #2

      While I know nothing about Australian sizing I HAVE done lots of sizing research....I suggest you compare size charts with commercial pattern books that have European sizing as well as clothing catalogs and major retailers that are popular in Australia. Such as...here in the US, JCPenney, Sears, Lane Bryant, etc) You can pretty much extrapolate your pattern sizes from there.

  2. sewelegant | | #3

    I have never seen any dress patterns from Australia, but have seen lots of knitting books. Would they have a sizing chart in them? Just a thought.

  3. Josefly | | #4

    I can't help you at all, but
    I can't help you at all, but I wonder if you've seen this blog site: http://lasewist.blogspot.com/

    This creator of beautiful clothes has several blog entries involving bishops she has sewn for her granddaughters. Her work is fabulous. I think you would enjoy seeing it.

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