How to draft a Sheath Skirt Sloper

These pattern drafting instructions were given to me by a student who attended the Traphagen School of Design in the 1980s. It was a private design school in New York City. The instructions are very simple when you take the time to read them through before you start drafting your pattern. Make a muslin toContinue reading “How to draft a Sheath Skirt Sloper”

Free Pat Perkins 1950s inspired Repro Dress Pattern

Introduction I am releasing my pattern for the Alice Elizabeth dress into the public domain. You are free to download and size it up or down in a graphics program. You can alter the design. I also give permission to use it privately or commercially. This is a basic pattern that you can use asContinue reading “Free Pat Perkins 1950s inspired Repro Dress Pattern”

Alice Elizabeth: My version of a 1950s House Dress by Pat Perkins

Introduction The dress pattern and design is based on a 1950s house dress by Pat Perkins that I bought during Lockdown 2020. I wanted to create a basic pattern to dervice this and future retro inspired clothes I make. I bought the dress from a vintage seller on Etsy and posted a detailed style analysisContinue reading “Alice Elizabeth: My version of a 1950s House Dress by Pat Perkins”

New Dress “Alice”: Progress Photos 2-6-21

Introduction In this posting I share progress photos of a new dress developed through a combo of flat patternmaking and draping. The photos featured are of the half-toile to test the fit. Combination Technique: Draping and flat patternmaking 95% of this toile was made using a flat pattern. I used the Misses Size 8 sloperContinue reading “New Dress “Alice”: Progress Photos 2-6-21″

Standard Misses 8 and my Altered Customized Sloper

Introduction The basic fitting shell for the Misses Size 8 was draped. A toile was made twice each time refining the fit. When the basic Size 8 was turned into a sloper I then went on to customize it for myself. Why not draft a custom made pattern? I have been drafting patterns to myContinue reading “Standard Misses 8 and my Altered Customized Sloper”

Creating a Basic Fitting Toile &Alterations, Part 3

Introduction When I draped the basic skirt I ended up with two darts for the front and back skirts. I had followed the instructions in in Draping for Fashion Design by Hilda Jaffe and Nurie Rellis. Although the dart intake was evenly distributed the finished results were unsatisfactory. In this posting I will share howContinue reading “Creating a Basic Fitting Toile &Alterations, Part 3”

How to draft a Half Circle Skirt Pattern

Preparation See “How to Take Measurements” if you are using your personal measurements. You can also use the Standard Misses Size measurements provided here. You can see the finished half circle skirt here. Pattern Diagram Measurements Needed Size Misses 4 measurements are used as an example. Waist=23″ Front Skirt Length=24″ (40″-16″=24″) Calculate One Fourth ofContinue reading “How to draft a Half Circle Skirt Pattern”

How to draft a pattern for a gored skirt

Six Gore Skirt Drafting Instructions Before drafting this skirt pattern please see How to Take Measurements.  The measurements used in this pattern are for a Misses Size 4.  They are used to provide an example.  You will substitute your own measurements to draft your custom pattern. The Flattering Qualities of a Gored Skirt Gored skirtsContinue reading “How to draft a pattern for a gored skirt”