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Custom Patternmaking Tutorial: Part 1 by Kennadee Custom Patternmaking Tutorial: Part 1 by Kennadee
**EDIT:As it turns out, all the photos I had for the second tutorial have been lost because I lost my SD card.... yes, I am just that klutzy. The blocking method allowed me to work out how I really wanted my piece to look, which things I wanted to eliminate or keep. In the end, I kept the side darts, and got rid of the shoulder strap, since I felt it really didn't feel like "Ariel" to me. I used elastic and gathering along the bodice top to give a very slight reflection of Ariel's shell bra.
I'm going to try to make another tutorial when I have time...


Sorry for the HUGE file!! ;m;
If you found this tutorial useful, or use it, tell me! I always like to see what everyone makes! You're all so talented and wonderful!! : )

If anyone has any questions, feel free to place them in the comments! And I will answer them.
Here are a few I've already answered:

Q: I don't have a sewing form. What do I do?
A: Well, you could either save up and buy one, or if that's not cost effective, you could make a DTD. DTD stands for "Duct Tape Dummy". Making one isn't the nicest experience, but it's pretty cheap and useful. For how to make one, visit this site: [link].

Q: I can't find ______. Where do I find one?
A: Most of the supplies, if not all of them, that are listed in this tutorial are common in any sewing store. If there aren't any nearby, then I highly recommend shopping online for them. They're all cheap, even the scissors. As far as I know, most of the measuring tapes and rulers have both Metric and Imperial written onto them, aside from the yard stick.

Q: I've never made a pattern before, so I'm not sure I want to start from scratch. But I also don't want to just alter a commercial pattern. What are my options?
A:I have a post on my tumblr ([link]) that talks about all of the best resources for sewing. One of them is a book called "Patterns for Theatrical Costuming". It was my textbook when I learned this method of patternmaking. In it, there are hundreds of historical patterns drawn out in block form, and in 1/8 scale. That means that for every 1/8in on a seam gague, it's an inch in real life. This makes blocking out these patterns and then altering them in real life, very easy! I highly recommend it! We use it in the theatre all the time to make quick, easily re-sizable patterns.

I really like your resources and sewing! Do you have more examples and tutorials?
I only recently started to post my costumes and sewing tutorials on deviantart. However, my tumblr is littered with them! There's a certain post on my tumblr ([link]) where I keep a running list of all of my costuming resources. Feel free to check it out often and see if I've added any new ones. Chances are, I have. Also, I post a lot more WIPs and how-to's on my tumblr, just because it's easier than using the dA system. If you'd like to see more of my work, follow me on tumblr! : )
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Madison999 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I love this tutorial!I know this is a stupid question but how can I get to part 2?I just can't seem to find the link for it.
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Kennadee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Thank you!
There is no part 2. That's written in the artist's comments. I haven't had time to do any other tutorials.
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here: [link]
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Kennadee Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Aww thank you!!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was really helpful thank you. I would have loved to see part 2 but this is great.
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Lillian-Darling Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student General Artist
For a noob way of fitting patterns to yourself you can use a t-shirt that fits you well. You can make patterns off of any clothes you own, just keep in mind where the seams are. I sew without the maniquen dummy she uses above. Yeah... real noob like there....
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Kennadee Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I wouldn't say it's the "noob" way... there's just easier ways for doing the same thing sometimes. And some ways benefit professionals better than others. : )
It's true you can make patterns off of clothes you own, but the point of making your own patterns is to create clothes and styles that haven't existed before. It's also great if you're a very large or very small size and can't find commercial patterns in your size.
Also, for people like me, who are work making clothes for customers based off of their specifications, it's important to have accurate measurements. Just taking apart clothes, or sewing without a mannequin makes that pretty much impossible.
Either way, I'm sure you make great things!! : )
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Lillian-Darling Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I make stuffed animals. Don't really need a pattern for that but clothes are difficult to make. But for first time sewer's it's probably best to base it off of something you own when your not very good with exact measurements.
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Kennadee Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Very true, which I why I started off the tutorial that this sort of patternmaking isn't for beginner sewers and gave them suggestions for starting off. And that's awesome you make stuffed animals! I've thought about doing that myself, but I'm pretty sure I'll never stop being obsessed with clothes, haha!
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Lillian-Darling Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student General Artist
It's probably best you make clothes and I make stuffed animals. And honestly I didn't read the fine print. Call me lazy but no hard feelings.
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