Pattern Drafting from Ready-to-Wear

with Steffani Lincecum

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Costumer and sewing instructor Steffani Lincecum teaches how to re-create your favorite ready-to-wear clothing or delicate vintage finds in this versatile patternmaking class. Read More…

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Class Description

Create a sewing pattern from an existing piece of clothing and learn the skills you'll need to replicate the fit and design details of your favorite pieces. This class focuses on gaining valuable patternmaking skills. As demonstrated in her book, Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit, Steffani's "pin-through" technique to duplicate garments uses straight pins and kraft paper, tracing the design lines of garment elements with pinholes, then adding darts, pleats and other construction elements. Once you have a pattern, you'll learn how to make adjustments on a test muslin, then transfer those changes back to your pattern, creating a versatile pattern block you can change up with different design details.

You'll need garment sewing experience to get the most from this class, which demonstrates the basics of turning a 3D garment into a 2D paper pattern by copying a vintage blouse with Peter Pan collar, darts, pleats and pockets.

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Meet Steffani Lincecum

  • Meet Steffani and learn about her exciting background before discussing basic pattern principles.


Lesson 2. Patterning the Blouse

  • Pin your piece's curves, pockets and seams to create a pattern roadmap. Steffani's detailed instruction makes the process easy to understand and execute.


Lesson 3. Patterning the Sleeve

  • Ease into pinning the sleeve and back half of your garment with step-by-step instructions.


Lesson 4. Patterning the Details

  • Pattern cuffs, darts and pleats, oh my! Learn how to effectively trace your pattern down to the design details.


Lesson 5. Sewing the Muslin

  • You're ready to make a muslin! Follow Steffani's precise instructions through this process and you'll create a well-fitting muslin.


Lesson 6. Fitting the Muslin

  • Try it on! Learn to alter your muslin after that first fit with Steffani's step-by-step guidance.


Lesson 7. Adjusting the Pattern

  • Take apart the muslin to make the adjustments that matter.


Lesson 8. Finalizing the Pattern

  • You're ready to sew! Steffani shows you how to finalize your pattern and start making garments.


Lesson 9. Making Variations

  • The options are endless as Steffani shows you how to incorporate variations. Add features to your garment or simplify your pattern with her expert advice and tips.

"After years and years of sewing, I have finally broken my dependence on ready made patterns! Sorry Butterick, McCalls and Vogue, I no longer need you thanks to this awesome class. It is sew much fun figuring out the construction techniques from my various ready-made garments - it's like solving a big puzzle. Thank you!"
- Hopej2
Fort Wayne IN

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