The easy part of pattern making is knowing that I can’t draw a straight line. Seriously. Even with a ruler, my lines tend to veer off page. Which means patterning for me is finding a good program that won’t break the bank. Not actually as easy as one might think. There are A LOT of good programs out there. All offer excellent packages, with excellent options. Most are over $1,000. Which breaks the bank for me.
Burda University did offer an excellent class on pattern drafting using Adobe Illustrator. Which was my introduction to Adobe Illustrator. And it’s a lesson I’m sure I will revisit as I work my way through patterning and decide to offer digital downloads. But first I want to know how to make and print actual patterns. And for that, I need books.
Fortunately, as a long established bibliophile, I actually had a ready collection of books on Patterning in my collection (I also have books on beekeeping, horseback riding, trance dancing, and Mongolian history…I am eclectic in my tastes…). So for my deep dive in to the world of pattern making, I will be pulling on Pattern Making for Fashion Design, Make Your Own Dress Patterns, The Pattern Making Primer, and Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear. As an added bonus, I have actually read three of the four before deciding to start this venture. Pattern Making for Fashion Design is an epic, text book, looking tome which reminded me freakishly of math class, so that one is new knowledge.
And since I REALLY want to have at least one pattern available by the time I hit Hot Raqs, I have some motivation to hit the books…college style. And I just have to remember that while practice makes perfect, perfect is the enemy of the good. My first pattern doesn’t have to be the height of couture, it just has to be good enough for people to follow directions and for all the pieces to fit together without extra inches.
Perfect is the enemy of the good, but practice makes perfect. I’ll get there. With practice.