Making your own sewing patterns somehow makes sense. They save a lot of money and the size problem is also solved. There are two ways to make a copy of a dress you own. But that is the hard way. We are looking at the hard way today. IE, making your own sewing pattern from scratch.

1. Taking measurements

The measurements needed are of the torso, neck and arms. You will be measuring the following things

The half neck: The length around the neck divided by two.

The half shoulder: the distance between the shoulders divided by two.

The quarter bust: length of your bust divided by four.

The quarter waist: length of the smallest part of your waist divided by four.

The quarter hip: widest part of your hip divided by four.

The high shoulder point (HSP) to upper chest: The distance between the base of your neck to under the armpit.

The distance between your HSP and natural waist.

The distance between your HSP ad hip.

The bicep half: length of the fullest part of your bicep divided by two.

The sleeve length: length from shoulder to where you want the sleeve to end.

The wrist half, the circumference of the wrist by two.

2. Draw the pattern

Take a big ass paper

Draw a perpendicular line 2 cm away from the top of the paper in the length of half neck. This is called the HSP.

Draw another line below in the length of your half shoulder.

From the HSP, measure and mark distance to the upper chest.

Draw a perpendicular line that goes over the mark in the length of the quarter bust.

From your HSP, measure and mark distance to your waist. Draw a perpendicular line that goes over the mark in the length of quarter waist.

From your HSP, measure and mark distance to your hip, Draw a perpendicular line that goes over the mark in the length of quarter hip.

3 Connect the dots

You’ll need to do it so as to replicate the front side of a t-shirt.

Draw curves where ever needed and make a line through the centre of the pattern to make it easier to understand. The curves should be at the neckline.

4. Repeat this for the back side

Repeat the same process for the back side only with some minor differences. The only difference needs to be the neckline. The neck drop of front and back should have a difference.

5. Plot the sleeve

Plotting the sleeve is pretty easy. Just make sure that measurement stays always bigger than the half bicep so that it stays loose.

6. Connect the dots on the sleeve

Connect the dots of the sleeve plot. Just keep in mind that you are drawing a sleeve.

7. Add seam allowance.

Add a 1/2 inch parallel line to the edge of the design. This is the allowance for the seam. If you want more seam allowance you can do that just remember to be consistent.

8. Cut out the pattern pieces

Cut out the drawn pieces using scissors. You own sewing pattern is now ready.

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