I’ve had the textbook for a year or so: Patternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph-Armstrong. It’s time to get serious about learning pattern drafting. This is the necessary first step in creating my own designs. Plus, I hear that learning new things keeps the brain sharp, and that’s always a good thing. Forget Lumosity…let’s learn to create patterns and design us some gorgeous clothing!
So today, we start with Chapter One: Patternmaking Essentials for the Workroom. I had many of these tools already, like pins and holder (mine is a magnet), paper and fabric scissors, assorted pens and pencils, a French curve ruler, weights, and tape measure. I had to buy more rulers, a notcher, an awl, and a handy-looking tool called a Simflex folding measure. I also – just now – ordered marking paper, used to develop first patterns from model measurements. I will use it to learn to create a basic pattern set.
Also listed as items needed in this chapter are push pins, stapler and staples, and black twill tape which is used on the dress form to mark style lines. The one thing listed that I am not going to purchase are hanger hooks or ringers. These are used to organize and hang patterns; I am not going into production anytime soon, so I don’t think I need this. I will use, instead, skirt hangers with metal clips to organize my patterns while working my way through this textbook.
So, gather the tools you need, and maybe this textbook, and let’s learn this process together!
Next time, we will discuss some patternmaking terms from the second half of Chapter One.