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Unread 06-17-2014, 02:52 PM   #1
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Making your own patterns?

Hi I'm new to sewing and I do not own a dress form (and I do not plan on buying one anytime soon because they are very expensive) and I was wondering if you can make a pattern without one? every tutorial I was looking for to make patterns required one, but is it possible/ a good idea to make a pattern on newspaper using my measurements (+ a bit more for the seam)? Just a thought, I'm probably going to try it out anyway and see how it goes and if I can fix it just for the experience but I'd like some thoughts/ opinions on this topic.

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Unread 06-17-2014, 03:00 PM   #2
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You can absolutely make a pattern without a dress form as long as you take the time to try on the paper pattern, take it in, etc. After the paper pattern is properly taken in transfer it to muslin or another cheap fabric for finer tailoring before making the final product on your fabric of choice.

Without a dress form, you may find it easier to adapt pre-made patterns unless the outfit you're making just won't work without a custom pattern.

If you have a few people to help you, you can make a dressform out of duct tape: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Duct-Tape-Dress-Form
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Unread 06-17-2014, 03:03 PM   #3
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I learned to make patterns and have made tutorials about making patterns that require no dressform. I still don't have one and still make patterns for every costume.
Disclaimer : This post written by a Grumpy Old Man

Actually in the pipes:
- Remaking Ser Loras doublet.
- Luke Skywalker, A New Hope
- Wind Waker starter costume in swim material
Eventually: Paul from Dune, Faramir, Harry Sullivan
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