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Thoughts on taking a drafting class?

NY2NZ | Posted in Patterns on

Hello everyone,

Just wondering if anyone here, a non professional that is, has taken a pattern drafting class for their own benefit?  I’m just trying to figure out if I should or shouldn’t and if I do, where (and then how, but thats another story).

I’ve been sewing since I was little and picked it up again in earnest about ten years ago.  I’ve got to the point where I can draft my own very simple patterns (I use a foundation pattern that I created from multiple other patterns to suit my sense of style) but there are things I would love to learn more about and I’m wondering if a formal class is the way to go.

Would love to hear others experiences, if they have any.

Thank you



  1. jjgg | | #1

    Yes, you should take the class. It will open up a whole new area of freedom in sewing for you. Getting to the point pf understanding what you can and can not do, how to do it and where. etc etc.

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    CostumerVal | | #2

    Absolutely!  And if you can't find a class, there's plenty of books on the subject for home sewers.   There's also internet resources for how to manipulate your sloper for different effects.  One such site is http://www.vintagesewing.info   A good one for knit fabric calculations is http://www.patternschool.com  These are good resources, but a guide book is essential.  Like I said, there's lots out there, but I'll mention that Donald McCunn has a Yahoo site to answer questions you have while going through his book "How to Make Sewing Patterns".

    Good Luck  Val

  3. rekha | | #3

    You will also benefit vastly by reading the discussions on http://tamyu.net/vanilla/?CategoryID=2

    1. NY2NZ | | #4

      Thanx everyone for your input and thoughts...just confirmed what I need to do....and for the link too! :-)

      I'll keep you posted.


  4. TheresaG | | #5

    I have taken flat pattern making and draping, and it was really worthwhile. Even if I am using a commercial pattern, I find that alterations are easier now that I understand how to do them. And most importantly the classes were fun! I still have my books and refer to them when I am sewing.
    Last year I decided to make a new costume for Dickens Faire and was able to drape it on my duct tape double for a superb fit. If you keep your sloper up to date you will save so much money on patterns too.
    I also drafted patterns for dresses for my granddaughters.

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