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Drafting 2: Historical Pattern

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Taking the basic bodice slopers from part 1, Jennie provides several examples of how to transform them into a new design.

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Resizing a Historical Pattern

spp icon free sm How to manipulate historical patterns like Janet Arnold's to fit you, both by draping on the dress form and by a flat pattern adjustment method.

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Drafting 1: Bodice Sloper

icon free smWho better than the founder of a pattern company to walk you step-by-step through drafting, from first go to patterns for sale?

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Drafting 1890s Sleeves and a Bodice

quarepicWith a little practice you can draft an 1890s sleeve just like the pros used to. Here, Nicole walks us thorugh several different sleeves from 1897. 

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Creating and Fitting Historic Patterns

squarepicCreating and fitting historical patterns remains a perennial problem for costume makers. Luckily, our writers have the answers ...

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Copying Your Closet

SquarepicHave you come across a piece of clothing or costume that you'd love to replicate? Caroline shows how to copy garments from our closet.

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How to Fit Yourself

squarepicA sewing buddy can help you get it right, but what if you're fitting yourself by yourself? Jenny knows it's not impossible, and she shows us how to do it. 

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Drafting Videos 2: Basic Front and Back

Pattern drafting iconIn part two of pattern drafting, we move from measurements to creating a basic front and back block, a mockup, fitting and creating a final pattern, with seven step-by-step videos.

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Drafting Videos 1: How to Measure

measurment-iconBefore you can draft your own, personalized pattern, you have to take measurements. Marion walks you through this easy process in a few short video tutorials.

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