Now with the internet, it’s been possible for professional fashion designers, pattern cutters and home sewers to create clothing patterns at a click of a button with our digital block patterns. I use these block patterns to create clothing collections for international fashion designers showing in New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion week each season.
A block pattern is a basic garment shape from which a pattern is drafted from as a starting point. Also known as a basic template, from this clothing patterns are created with different design variations. Pattern cutters use basic pattern shapes and adapt draft patterns each season to create clothing collections with different wearing ease for fitted, semi-fitted and loose fitting shapes.
When I started out in the fashion industry we use spot and cross pattern paper to make clothing patterns. It comes in various widths and it’s usually a navy blue spot and cross. The plain pattern paper is also used for the same purpose, but I like to use the plain paper to sandwich flimsy fabrics like chiffon in between when cutting out garments. Some of my students use to make their patterns using newspaper taped together, which for me I found it very hard to read any pattern information, see the notches or seam allowances.
READY TO USE DIGITAL BLOCK PATTERNS
The PDF Women’s wear Digital Block Pattern are arranged onto A4 sized pages for you to print out on economical A4 printers and assemble together. The individual pages are printed with a frame so they can be connected frame to frame, later. These ready to use block patterns are based on the international size charts here.
MASTER BLOCK PATTERN
After connecting your pages together with magic tape, transfer onto durable card ie: Manilla card for longevity. Staple the paper block pattern to the card and cut on the edge of the black solid lines. Purchase a sturdy card from trade supplier in sheets or a roll. Keep your original A4 block pattern intact. Each time you make a paper pattern, trace around your master block (card template) onto paper pattern, create your draft and new shapes adding seam allowances etc. The great advantage of our Digital Block Patterns enables you to print off and travel light. The block patterns are seamless (NETT) as its refered to in the fashion industry.
Create your paper pattern, add all your pattern information and seam allowances. Make up your toile in calico or muslin and try on your toile. Make any adjustments to the toile, transfer this information onto your paper pattern before cutting out your final garment in the actual fabric.
DIGITAL BLOCK PATTERN COLLECTION
Once you have the correct size block pattern you can create so many various styles, by using the slashing, or pivoting method to manipulate darts into seams, folds, flares etc. When I first start working with a designer/company I usually create a set of block patterns in manilla card to their specifications. Most companies have for example a different measurement for a size 10: bust 34/86, waist 26/66, hips 36/92. Once I have the complete set of blocks (if required) I can just jump straight into creating patterns for the collections or if it’s a red carpet one off occasion garment.
Your turn: Would you like to create your own fashion patterns? Browse through our collection of digital block patterns by clicking the image below, follow the steps 1 through to 3 and tell us what you are creating with your digital block patterns. I would love for you to share you story in the comments below and inspire others. Ez xx.