Once you’ve designed your garment i.e. coat, you need to make a pattern. Pattern cutting – is one of the skills required for the design process when producing clothes by either drafting, using a block pattern as a starting point or draping on the stand.
Drafting – from the beginning: Patterns drafted by means from a set of measurements, set square, ruler to standard sizes or made to individual measurements.
Flat Patterns – two-dimensional: The definition of a block is any pattern without seam allowance from which other patterns are designed also called basic pattern, block pattern or foundation pattern. Used in the fashion industry to facilitate economy in time and energy.
Draping/Modelling – three-dimensional: Draping on the stand is about working with fabric and body together; it is a highly regarded skill.
Pattern cutters generally have a large table to manipulate and shape pieces of paper into patterns to fit the curves of the human figure.
Don’t go down on the floor to make patterns or cut out fabrics not only is it putting a strain on your back it does take its toll on you later in life. Craft out a creative space in your environment even if it’s only temporary. Use fold up robust trestles that adjust to your height, the metal frame trestles are stronger.
The trestle is very compact and takes up very little floor space once in operation, the non-slip stripe keeps the board in place. The handle allows you to carry the trestle easily once folded.
You could opt to cover your MDF sheet with Manilla card which is strong and durable, this is what we use to make master blocks or patterns.
Double up your pattern cutting workspace with heat-sealed cutting mats, this enables you to cut out fabrics and paper with a rotary cutter.
The great advantage of your workspace is you can have a roll of 48″ pattern paper at one end of the table and create patterns seamlessly.
With a large workspace, you’re able to work with small and large pattern pieces.
Position your toolbox to one side of the table and spread your wings as and when you need too.
When it’s time to dismantle your workspace, store the MDF against a flat wall i.e. behind the sofa and fold down the trestles and store to one side.