College started back up again this week and textiles doesn’t wait for a second throwing us yet again in the deep end with pattern cutting. Now I’m not pretending to be an expert at it because I’m really really not, but I have created a few designs from pre-made standard block templates before. You can buy a basic women’s/mans block pattern from here: I’m currently creating one for my final design of A2 and thought I’d share what I know while I still know it.
This is taken directly from my alevel PowerPoint slide.
The first and most important thing you’ll need is pattern paper, ours has numbers 1-4 running down it for lining up and it can come in large rolls to fit longer designs. If you do buy a block template its best to trace with tracing paper which ever template fitting the size you want eg size 8,10,12 14 and so on. All these sizes are including on the block template which is why there’s several lines going around it, if you want a specific size I’d look for it in the product information when buying a block online.
For further use and to stop the pain of you having to trace the pattern out every time you can do what we to in textiles. Which is tracing it onto sturdy thin card so you can use it again (show on the left in the first picture). This shapes will give you the very basic out line and this is what you’ll have to change.
Once you’ve traced around the card template onto the pattern paper making sure the center front an back line up straight you’ll need to pin the paper on a mannequin. Here you can see where you’ll make your changes I wanted a curved neck line over the chest so the entire top portion above the sleeve had to go. But knowing where that line should lie is only shown when putting the paper on the mannequin. If you didn’t check first the curve could be to low exposing to much of too high. This will save you so much time and it’s better to spend longer here than later when you find out it’s go awry.
The block pattern doesn’t come with a 1.5cm seam allowance so when you’ve made your corrections to your pattern paper you’ll then have to put the improved template down on more pattern paper. Tracing around the design 1.5cm, you can do this by using a ruler and doing several markings across the design then connect the dots. The center front and back do not need this 1.5 seam allowance as this should be places on the fold of the material.
The block pieces are half of the design as seen in the middle photograph to get both sides you’ll need to fold your chosen fabric in half lining up the center front and back on the fold. I will create another post when I have finished my sample showing how to create darts, lining and sewing a hem.