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#1 User is offline   stinababe 

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:03 AM

Ive come to notice that my pile of patterns has grown way too big and costly lately and I was wondering if anyone knows of books or online tutorials on the basics of pattern making. Also, any classes in the chicagoland area that anyone has taken for patternmaking would be super helpful. Thank you so much.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:38 AM

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View Postthis_chick25, on May 28 2008, 07:41 AM, said:

Books for the beginner at sewing/patternmaking:
Simplicity's Simply the Best Sewing Book (don't worry--you can find it at Borders and some Wal-Marts :lol: )
How to Make Sewing Patterns (I ordered this online, because I got it cheaper, but you can find it at Borders as well)

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 11:11 AM

Not sure if you have any near you, but I do know Jo-Ann Fabrics do have courses every so often on sewing and what not. I don't think you have to pay for it either. I learnt my sewing from my mom. She should me how to sew when I was in middle school along with teaching me how to cook and bake from scratch. She had all of us (my siblings and I) learn how to be independent and be able to live on our own. At the beginning, I thought it was a pain, but now I enjoy doing this type of stuff. What I learnt to be very helpful with making my own patterns is a bust form (male style) that way I have reasonable idea what the form has to be.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:15 PM

An easy way to make patterns is to copy parts of existing clothes. I get a sewing magazine called Threads and they're always talking about how you can make your own patterns by copying existing clothes... Just don't ask me how to do it, I just know it's possible. xD Also if you look at patterns you already have you can start to see how clothes start to come together and can make pieces to fit accordingly. =D
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:53 AM

View PostDemon Slayer, on Jun 11 2008, 03:15 PM, said:

An easy way to make patterns is to copy parts of existing clothes. I get a sewing magazine called Threads and they're always talking about how you can make your own patterns by copying existing clothes... Just don't ask me how to do it, I just know it's possible. xD Also if you look at patterns you already have you can start to see how clothes start to come together and can make pieces to fit accordingly. =D


That's how I do it too. Don't get me wrong, patterns are probably great -- I've just never used 'em. :D
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:16 PM

When I was sewing the yukata for my husband's Shishio cosplay, I found tutorials online that helped with measurements. DeviantART, random wiki pages, and the good ol' Google search feature can help with searches for online instructions and even patterns on how to sew stuff. It just needs a little bit of looking. And of course, there are ways of contacting cosplayers who've made their own outfits-- just ask them for a little help and I'm sure they'll be willing to share with you great advice.
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