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Pattern Design Guides
by Don McCunn

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Pattern Design Guides are my idea for how to supplement the information in my book How to Make Sewing Patterns.

There are so many variations that can be achieved when patterns are custom fit to the individual. But how do you make the transition from design idea to patterns that will actually fit? It's an idea that I have given considerable thought to over the years.

I started working by developing pattern ideas for fashion dolls in 2005. The popularity of my Sloper Patterns for the dolls made me realize that people are interested in creating their own designs. So in 2006 I started to explore how to connect with the sewing community via the internet.

I started following discussions on Yahoo Groups. When it turned out I had written a book on pattern making one of the questions to come up was "How would you create a pattern for a bra?" The question of creating a bra pattern intrigued me as that was the first pattern I worked on for my little vinyl fashion dolls. I figured if I could develop a bra for a 16" girl, I could create any pattern for them that I wanted to do.

So I started the Yahoo Group Custom Bras. I kept it a small private group because I wasn't sure what the results would be. I started applying some of the ideas I had developed for making patterns for dolls to patterns for people. It was very theoretical. When people in the group started trying out these ideas I heard the cry "But we are not vinyl!"

So things went into limbo until I met Leah in San Francisco who agreed to be my model for developing and testing pattern ideas. I approached her with my ideas for creating bras. The result is How to Make Custom-Fit Bras.

I plan to continue the concept of Pattern Design Guides to provide step-by-step instructions for how to alter a fitted sloper for an individual to a specific design idea and include sewing instructions as well. In some cases there will be designs that can be created by taking specific measurements of the body to create the patterns rather than using a sloper. I am looking forward to developing Pattern Design Guides for garments that can be made either for people size patterns or doll size patterns.

I will be keeping in touch with people who are interested in my Pattern Design Guides through a forum I have started Patternmaking with Don McCunn and the Yahoo Groups How to Make Sewing Patterns and Custom Bras.


Copyright © 2007 by Donald H. McCunn