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Drafting Skirt Pattern Sew Along Lesson 3: Drafting the Pattern (w/video)

Dear Friends,

In today’s lesson, I show you how to draft a basic skirt sloper and pattern.  You will need the measurements you took in Lesson 2.  You can find the information about supplies you will need in Lesson 1.

I created a free step-by-step 18 page handout, with illustrations, that you will be able to use to create your pattern.  Note that the handout tells you to go to my Grandma’s Sewing Cabinet blog for information.  That blog was merged with this blog some time ago so disregard the Grandma’s Sewing Cabinet URL.  The videos links are here on Modern Retro Woman!

Click here to download the (free) Grandma’s Sewing Cabinet Skirt Pattern Drafting Guide

But that’s not all!  I also created a video tutorial that follows that handout and shows you how I go about making a skirt pattern.  The Mister was my camera man for this lesson.  The tutorial is in four videos because You Tube puts a time limit on video uploads (Update: I just figured out how to make the time limit rule disappear and in the future I won’t have to worry about a video only being 15 minutes long).

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them either in the comment section below or on the Modern Retro Woman Facebook page.

Part 1:


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


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  1. oh my goodness, this is perfect! I’ve always been scared of drafting patterns. THANK YOU.

  2. I haven’t had a chance to watch these videos but I’m interested in finding out how you made the time limit rule disappear. I seldom get my video podcast under 15 minutes the first time I try and it would be nice not to have to redo it. Thank you.

  3. You’re welcome! 🙂

    I’ve always been scared of drafting patterns, too, so when I learned how to do it, I had to share it with everyone!

  4. When you go to upload your video, there is a small box to the right of the drag and drop box that has a tiny “Increase your limit” link. I clicked on it and Google sent me a code via text message. I put the code into the box and the limit was lifted! I think my maximum is now something like four hours.

    Here is a link from their help desk that explains it: http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=71673

  5. Thanks SO much for putting this all together! What a lot of work. I have taken a bodice muslin class before, and this was a great follow up. Could you at some point address what we do when we put our pattern pieces onto a commercial pattern? How do we make the changes that we need? I can do the patternmaking part, and it seems fairly intuitive, but when I put the piece on top of the commercial pattern, my mind goes blank, lol! It’s especially difficult, I think with the bodice, because there are so many variables.


  6. Martha, I will…as soon as I figure our how to do it out myself!

    Since we weren’t taught how to overlay our patterns over commercial patterns (99.999% of my classmates were going into industry/costuming and wouldn’t be using commercial patterns), I have to learn how to do it before I can teach you. 🙂

  7. Oh, that’s interesting… Maybe I should think about approaching it from that angle instead. Just take my design ideas from the commercial pattern and apply it to my own block or muslin (or whatever it is called.) I guess that would be a hybrid of draping and pattern making!


  8. I applaud you for using the Internet as it was intended -the free sharing of information and knowledge. This will be very useful information for many people around the world.

  9. Pingback: Drafting Skirt Pattern Sew Along Lesson 4: Checking the Fit and Fixing Problems « Grandma's Sewing Cabinet

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