What is Seam Allowance?

What is Seam Allowance?

What is Seam Allowance?

When diving into the world of fashion design and pattern making, one term you’ll frequently encounter is seam allowance. This fundamental concept is crucial for both aspiring designers and seasoned professionals. But what exactly is seam allowance, and why is it so important in basic pattern making?
Ralph Pink points out the seam allowance on a basic block placed on a mannequin, elucidating a foundational concept in pattern making.

What is Seam Allowance?

Seam allowance refers to the area between the stitching line and the cut edge of the fabric. This extra fabric is essential for sewing a garment together. The seam allowance, or extra fabric outside of the sewing lines, allows for fit adjustments, provides room to sew the garment together without eating into the sew lines (which would cause the garment to be too small), and ensures that the seams are strong and durable since there is extra fabric to prevent fraying. Typically, seam allowances vary depending on the garment type, fabric, construction method, and whether it is either a basic block or finished pattern.

What is seam allowance? Basic block on dress mannequin

Its Use in Basic Blocks

Basic blocks are foundation patterns that form the base for all other finished patterns and garments. They are designed to fit the body accurately. Once a basic block’s fit on an individual or standard size has been perfected, it is then used to create hundreds of other finished patterns and garments, safe in the knowledge that the garment will fit. When fitting basic blocks, we use a variety of seam allowances to allow extra space during fittings.

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Side Seam & Centre Back (1.5 – 2.0 cm Seam Allowance)

We often add about 1.5 – 2.0 cm to the side seams and centre back of each basic block. This allows extra space during the fitting process. If the basic block has been drafted too tight, then the extra seam allowance can be used to add more room to the basic block, loosening the fit.

No seam allowance on the front of a basic block. Cut on fabric fold. What is seam allowance. Basic Pattern making

Centre Front (0 cm Seam Allowance)

Usually, the front basic block is cut on the fold. This means that the fabric is folded and the centre front of the basic block is placed on the fold of the fabric. When the basic block is cut on fabric, it is then unfolded to create a mirror image of the front basic block panel. Because of this, no seam allowance is added to the centre front of the basic block. If you wish to have a seam down the centre of the basic block, add it to the centre front of the basic block and cut it on fabric twice.

Shoulder and armhole seam allowance on a basic block. What is seam allowance. Basic pattern making

Shoulder & Armhole (0.5 – 1.0 cm Seam Allowance)

Shoulder: We usually add 1 cm to the shoulder. This doesn’t often need much alteration if the basic block has been drafted to match the customer’s bespoke measurements. 1 cm seam allowance is the standard for most finished patterns, but we’ll talk about this later.

Armhole: We usually add 1 cm to the armhole in case the armhole and sleeve need adjustments. However, if the sleeve and armhole are drafted well, 0.5 cm seam allowance is the best option. This removes excess bulk away from the armpit, allowing for a smoother, less bulky fit and improves arm movement.

Hem seam allowance on a basic block basic pattern making

Hem (2 – 2.5 cm Seam Allowance)

The hem could be considered seam allowance, although it is more often called the hem. This is because the finished edge of the garment is not a seam. Either way, we usually add around 2 – 2.5 cm seam allowance to the finished edge of the basic block, allowing room to lengthen or shorten the basic block for a perfect fit. When the hem is folded back on itself (up into the sample), it functions as a reinforced bottom edge to the garment. The hem can be as large or as small as you like; this usually depends on the design of the basic block or garment.

How to Apply Seam Allowance?

Seam Allowance can be applied or added to a basic block or pattern using one of two methods: either by hand using the traditional pattern making method, or it can be applied instantly using digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator.

Traditional Pattern Making

Usually, a Pattern Master is used to apply seam allowance to a basic block or finished pattern by hand. A Pattern Master features 0.5 cm increments on the curves and edges of the Pattern Master ruler. These guides are used to add different allowances to various parts of the basic block. It’s a long and laborious process. The larger or more intricate the pattern, the longer it takes. Mistakes can also be made, causing messy lines.

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Digital Pattern Making

This process can be sped up. It’s almost instantaneous in digital pattern making techniques. We draft all our standardized basic blocks in Adobe Illustrator, which means they are fully editable basic blocks. Adding seam allowance becomes an effortless process, taking seconds, not hours. It’s also incredibly precise!

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The Role of Seam Allowance in Finished Garments.

Standard Measurements

While seam allowances can vary with basic blocks for fitting purposes, there are some standard measurements commonly used in the fashion industry for finished patterns and garments. For most adult garments, 1 cm (3/8 inch) is typical for most parts of the garment or finished pattern, whereas the armhole and sleeve head will have 0.5 cm. However, for children’s wear, 0.75 cm (1/4 inch) is often used due to the smaller size of the garments.

Adjusting for Different Fabrics

Different fabrics may require different amounts. For instance, thicker fabrics might need a larger amount for ease of sewing, while delicate fabrics might benefit from a narrower seam allowance to reduce bulk.

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Draft and adapt basic blocks in adobe illustrator. Digital pattern making

Conclusion

Seam allowance is an important component in basic pattern making that ensures the functionality and style of a garment. It’s a basic, yet essential concept that forms the foundation of garment construction in fashion design. Knowing how much to use and where is something that needs to be understood and learned.

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What is Pattern Grading?

What is Pattern Grading?

What is Pattern Grading?

So, what is Grading? Well, grading is a fundamental concept in pattern making and fashion design. It involves systematically adjusting the measurements of a finished pattern to create multiple sizes while preserving the style and proportions of the original design.

What is a Finished Pattern?

A pattern maker is grading a pattern, methodically marking different sizes on paper to create a range of garment sizes.
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What is a pattern maker? Finished pattern. pattern maker

What is the Importance of Grading?

A finished pattern serves as the blueprint for a garment. Grading ensures that this garment is available in various sizes, from a UK 4 to a UK 22 and beyond, catering to diverse body shapes and measurements. Without Grading it would take a pattern maker a long and time consuming process to create multiple sizes of the same finished pattern. They would need to transform each different basic block size into a finished pattern by applying the same design elements whilst trying to maintain the proportions of the design elements for each size – A very laborious process!

The Grading Process

Pattern makers use a set of grading rules, which are like mathematical guidelines. These rules dictate how much to add or subtract from specific points on the finished pattern to create different sizes. They refer to a size chart or measurement table that provides measurement grades for each size. By following these rules, pattern makers modify the dimensions of the finished pattern, creating a new one to the intended size.

Pattern grading process. What is pattern grading in fashion design and basic pattern making.

Understand the grading process in Adobe Illustrator.

Love pattern making in Adobe Illustrator ? Check out our tutorial that demonstrates the process a pattern maker might use to grade basic blocks, using Adobe Illustrator, as a pattern making platform. This tutorial also features information on how to scale finished patterns and basic blocks to fit on an A4 page for presentation.

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Draft and adapt basic blocks in adobe illustrator. Digital pattern making
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Creating a Size Range

Grading results in a set of finished patterns for various sizes, ensuring that the same design is accessible to a wide range of people. A manufacturer can use these graded patterns to efficiently produce garments in different sizes. This speeds up the manufacturing process, saving time and resources.

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Grading Basic Blocks

While grading is commonly associated with finished patterns, it can also be used to create a range of sizes for basic blocks. Basic blocks are simple foundation patterns with a single purpose: to accurately fit the body. Although the process is like grading finished patterns, it’s more straightforward since basic blocks are far simpler in their design.

What is a Basic Block?

Our Approach at PatternLab.London

At PatternLab.London, we prefer manual drafting for each basic block size rather than grading. This approach creates better results across the size range, ensuring reliability and precise fits. As a result, grading is not utilized in any of our products, not even our sewing patterns (finished patterns).

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Conclusion

In summary, grading is a vital component of pattern making, used for both basic blocks and finished patterns. It allows the creation of clothing in multiple sizes, accommodating diverse body measurements. Grading rules may vary depending on each finished pattern or garment but consistently help the versatility and inclusivity of clothing lines. This makes sure that fashion collections cater to a range of customers of different sizes.

What is Ease in Pattern Making?

What is Ease in Pattern Making?

What is Ease in Pattern Making?

So, what is the difference between Negative ease, Zero ease, Wearing Ease and Design ease in pattern making? Simply put, ease is a fundamental concept in basic pattern making. Ease refers to the extra fabric added to a garment to allow for comfort and ease of movement. It’s the difference between the body measurements and the finished garment measurements. In other words, it’s the additional space built into the garment to allow for ease of movement, comfort, and proper fit. Different ease can be added to a basic block depending on the type of garment and the desired fit.

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What are the Four Different Types of Ease Used in Pattern Making?

There are four common types of ease: Negative ease, Zero ease, Wearing ease and Design ease. Also, the ease used to draft a basic block or adapt a basic block into a finished pattern is often referred to as the fit. In this guide, we explore how each type of ease shapes garment construction, helping you to ensure your creations are both stylish and fit well. All our bespoke basic blocks and standardised basic blocks are drafted with wearing ease. This is the minimum amount of ease required to move, sit, and breathe. When adapting basic blocks into finished patterns, a combination of wearing ease and design ease is added.

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Negative Ease. What is ease in pattern making? Pattern making basics.

Understanding Negative Ease in Pattern Making?

Negative ease is used to create garments that are designed to be smaller than body measurements, creating a very snug or tight fit. Negative ease is achieved by subtracting measurements or ease from the body measurements, resulting in a garment that is smaller than the body.

Negative ease is often used in stretchy or form-fitting garments such as spandex leggings, swimwear, or bodysuits, as the fabric can stretch and expand to the body. Negative ease can also be used to create garments with a visually slimming effect (Corsetry). However, it’s important to note that non-stretch garments with negative ease can be uncomfortable and restrictive and may not be suitable for all body types.

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The Role of Zero Ease in Pattern Making

Zero ease creates garments that are designed to exactly fit body measurements and with no additional ease built in. A garment with zero ease is often called a Moulage and is meant to fit snugly and closely to the body, with no extra fabric to allow for movement or comfort. This type of fit is not often used unless to test the draft accuracy of a basic block.

Zero ease is not recommended for all garment types and body types, as it can be highly uncomfortable and restrict movement. However, it is often used in combination with other eases to create specific garments that are meant to highlight the body’s shape at certain points. Corsetry uses a combination of Zero ease and negative ease to create a body sculpting garment.

Wearing Ease. What is ease in pattern making? Pattern making basics. Used to draft basic blocks with the minimum amount of room needed to breath, sit and move.

When is Wearing Ease Used in Pattern Making?

Wearing ease is the most used fit when drafting both bespoke basic blocks and standardised basic blocks. This fit gives the minimum amount of extra room needed to allow for comfortable, non-restricted movement, allowing you to sit, move, raise your arms and breath easily.

The purpose of wearing ease is to ensure that the garment is comfortable to wear whilst allowing for natural movement, without being too tight or too loose. It is the bare minimum ease added when drafting basic blocks. Any additional ease is called design ease.

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Designing Garments with Design Ease

Design ease refers to the extra space intentionally added to a finished pattern for style reasons. It allows for specific design features such as gathers, pleats, or a relaxed silhouette. Design ease is added on top of wearing ease to achieve the desired aesthetic and style of the finished pattern or garment. The amount of design ease can be influenced by fashion trends, personal preference, or the specific design details of the finished pattern or garment.

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Draft and adapt basic blocks in adobe illustrator. Digital pattern making

Conclusion – Mastering Ease in Pattern Making

By understanding these different types of ease—negative ease for stretch basic blocks, zero ease for moulage, wearing ease for basic blocks, and design ease for finished patterns—you can create basic blocks for several different uses that result in well-fitting and comfortable garments, tailored to different fabrics, styles, and body shapes.

What are Finished Patterns?

What are Finished Patterns?

What are Finished Patterns?

When it comes to fashion design, a finished pattern is the final blueprint of your design or garment. A finished pattern is not just the 2D pattern; it also includes a specification pack, which includes all the information needed to turn the pattern into a finished garment.

Essentially, the aim of a finished pattern is to give a seamstress or garment manufacturer all the information they need to recreate the style or garment. The more comprehensive the specification pack, the fewer questions need to be asked, and the quicker the finished garment can be produced.

Finished pattern pieces for a garment laid out on a table, with marked notches and labels, alongside an image of the completed outfit.
What is seam allowance? Basic block on dress mannequin

What are Graded Patterns?

Graded patterns are created from a finished pattern that has been systematically adjusted to fit multiple sizes while keeping the original design’s style and proportions. Grading a patterns into many different sizes creates garments that fit a range of body shapes and sizes, making it a valuable tool for both pattern making, home sewing, and the fashion industry in general.

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Draft and adapt basic blocks in adobe illustrator. Digital pattern making

Where do Finished Patterns come from?

These patterns are created by adapting a basic block (a simple body template) into a more intricate patterns. This is done by adding design elements such as extra ease, collars, pockets, lapels, pleats, and gathers to produce the unique design or style. Elements are added depending on the design style of the garment.

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Who creates Finished Patterns?

A pattern maker would complete this process, and the success or failure of the finished pattern would directly depend on the ability or experience of the pattern maker. More complicated or specialized patterns, such as lingerie, corsetry, or tailored jackets, would require a pattern maker skilled in that specific garment type. The more specialized a pattern maker is in a specific garment type, the better the pattern will be, and therefore, the finished garment.

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Where do Finished Patterns Fit into the Design Process?

These Patterns are a pivotal step in the life cycle of designing a clothing collection or an individual garment. Here’s a simplified view of this life cycle: First, the initial design concept is developed. Next, a suitable basic block is chosen to form the base of the design. Subsequently, this basic block is transformed into a finished pattern by incorporating design elements like pockets, collars, pleats, and gathers, etc. Finally, the completed garment is constructed based on this pattern.

Finished Patterns Fashion Design Process Life Cycle finished pattern

What are the Benefits of Finished Patterns?

These patterns, and the documents they come with, are specifically created to give a sampler, seamstress, or clothing manufacturer all the information needed to recreate the style or garment without asking too many questions. The better the completed pattern, the fewer questions need to be asked, and the quicker the garment can be made or manufactured. The benefit of finished patterns lies in their repeatability; a manufacturer can use them repeatedly to create multiple garments of the same design again and again. This is handy when a fashion brand is manufacturing and selling the same garment season after season.

What are the Key Features of a Finished Patterns?

Finished Patterns possess distinct documents and pattern features or markings that distinguish them from basic blocks and sewing patterns. Below are some typical examples of these features.

What is ease in pattern making? Basic pattern making negative ease, zero ease, wearing ease, design ease

Design Ease:

Design ease introduces extra space or ease essential to create the desired style or design, beyond the wearing ease that comes as standard in basic blocks. It could mean a deeper armhole, a wider sleeve, or other stylistic elements.

What is Ease & How Does it Affect Fit?

Finished Patterns Design Details and design ease

Design Details:

Incorporating all the design elements and style features that define your garment, design details are the single characteristic that differentiates a basic block from a finished pattern. Design details are anything from collars, sleeves, cuffs, pockets, pleats, gathers, and any distinctive design characteristics that make the design or garment unique. These finished or completed pattern might be quite complex with many different panels and pattern pieces. It all depends on what design elements the completed pattern features.

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Markings and Labels:

Like basic blocks, these patterns feature essential markings and labels. These markings ensure proper labelling, cutting, fabric alignment, pattern piece matching, and overall ensure the accuracy of the garment’s construction. Some of these markings include pattern identification, cut instructions, body lines, fabric grain lines, centre front and centre back lines, fold lines, and notches.

Seam allowance on a basic block. What is a finished pattern?

Seam Allowance:

Since a finished pattern is complete and does not require any more alterations, it must feature seam allowance. Seam allowance is the extra fabric around a finished pattern, allowing room for sewing, finishing edges, and ensuring a proper fit once a garment is made. It’s a crucial component in sewing, as it provides the necessary space for stitches without altering the intended garment size. Finished patterns may feature varying seam allowances, like 1 cm for side seams, 2 cm for hems, or 0.5 cm for armholes, depending on garment style and construction requirements. Finally, some pattern makers and manufacturers might or might not display seam allowance on their finished patterns; it depends entirely on their style of working.

What is Seam Allowance?

Specification pack. Tech pack. Basic pattern making and fashion design. What is a finished pattern?

Specification Pack:

A specification pack is a collection of documents that provide detailed instructions on how to use the finished pattern to produce the finished garment. A specification pack might include standard size charts, grade rules, garment measurements, fabric swatches, fastenings trim details, technical drawings, and assembly instructions. A specification pack is an essential communication tool used between designers, pattern makers, and manufacturers, ensuring accurate and consistent garment production.

In Conclusion

In summary, these completed patterns are the specific patterns and guides that take designs from ideas to reality. They are adapted basic blocks featuring a variety of design elements. Basic blocks serve as the starting point, customized and adapted to create finished patterns. Before starting the design process, or creating finished patterns, it is essential to have a library of accurately fitting basic blocks, serving as reliable body templates to adapt into these finished or completed patterns.

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What is Digital Pattern Making

What is Digital Pattern Making

What is Digital Pattern Making

Digital Pattern Making Tools

Welcome to the exciting world of digital pattern making, where creativity meets precision through the power of technology. In this article, we’ll provide a quick comparison between digital and traditional pattern making tools. Explore the most commonly used digital pattern making software applications and shed light on why PatternLab. London and Adobe Illustrator stands out as the preferred choice for independent digital pattern makers, sewing enthusiasts, fashion students and other creatives on a budget.

What is a Pattern Maker?

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Traditional Vs. Digital Pattern Making Tools: Bridging the Gap

Traditional Paper pattern making

Before the rise of digital pattern making, the art of pattern making primarily relied on traditional paper-based methods, where finished patterns were meticulously drafted from basic blocks using physical tools like pens, rulers, and French curves. These hand-crafted finished patterns were then carefully stored on clothes rails on Manilla cardboard or paper format. This traditional pattern-making process is still embraced by both couture and commercial fashion brands today, demonstrating the enduring power of time-tested techniques.

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Digital Pattern Making

Traditional pattern making tools have seen a remarkable transformation. From the humble paper, pen, ruler, and French curves, they’ve evolved into a collection of virtual, digital, precision tools integrated into software applications like Adobe IllustratorGerber AccuMark, and Lectra. While the basic techniques of pattern making remain the same, these digital tools offer a space-saving and more efficient way for pattern makers to create finished patterns. Each digital pattern making software is fundamentally the same, achieving the same goal with similar tools modeled on their traditional counterparts.

Below is an overview of some important digital pattern making tools used within these platforms and their traditional counterparts. We can’t cover each and every tool in each different platform in a single article, but we’ve listed the basics, used in Adobe Illustrator, to give you an idea of how these traditional tools have evolved.

Illustrator & Artboards

Adobe Illustrator offers digital pattern makers a remarkable advantage – the freedom to work without the need for large studios, tables, or pattern paper. Within the software, a workspace, called an artboard, can be created, sometimes as large as 50 meters by 50 meters. This large digital canvas allows pattern makers to draft patterns of considerable size. Furthermore, a pattern maker can efficiently work on multiple patterns simultaneously, all within this single digital platform. Think of the studio space, tables, and quantity of pattern paper required for doing the same job in the real world.

Traditional tool: Studio, Table, Pattern Paper

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Copy & Paste Tools

The “Copy and Paste” function in digital pattern making mimics the traditional paper tracing method. It involves selecting a pattern in the digital workspace, copying it, and pasting it into another document or workspace. This process replicates the traditional method of using tracing paper to duplicate a design from an existing pattern, but it’s much faster and more accurate.

Traditional tool: Hand tracing, pattern paper & pens.

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Pen Tool

The Pen Tool in digital pattern making combines several traditional tools into one. It offers precise control over line thickness and color. Unlike traditional pens or pencils, it can create perfectly straight lines and right angles, crucial for pattern symmetry. It’s also excellent for drawing smooth curves, ideal for necklines and armholes.

Traditional tools: Pencils, pens, markers, rulers, French curves, & Pattern Master.

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Pathfinder Tools

The Pathfinder Panel in digital pattern making has two key functions: the “divide” tool for cutting patterns into different panels and the “merge” tool for combining panels. These tools are useful for creating facings, dart adjustments, and connecting panels to create simple and intrictae patterns.

Replaces: Scissors, sellotape & hand tracing.

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Rotation Tool

The rotation tool in digital pattern making simplifies tasks like opening and closing darts or matching and aligning pattern pieces. The process is also incredibly precise and a valuable tool in any pattern makers tool kit.

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Seam Allowance

The offset path tool offers one-click seam allowance, streamlining the process of adding seam allowances and replacing the manual approach of using a Pattern Master tool. With a single click, the software automatically applies the required seam allowance to all pattern edges, infinitely saving time and ensuring absolute accuracy and consistency.

Replaces: Pattern Master

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Pattern Storage

Pattern storage has gone digital, replacing physical paper patterns. They are now stored electronically on computers, USB drives, or in the Cloud. This shift offers benefits like easy access, quick sharing, reduced need for large storage areas, and improved pattern version control. It’s also more eco-friendly and efficient for pattern makers.

Replaces: Studio space, clothes rails, pattern paper & Manilla card. 

Different Brands of Digital Pattern Making Software:

Gerber AccuMark, Lectra, and Optitex are prominent names in the digital pattern making sector, primarily catering to large-scale commercial garment production. They share key capabilities and limitations:

Capabilities:

  • Precisely create, edit, and optimize finished patterns using simialr digital pattern making tools previously mentioned.
  • Efficiently grade patterns to different sizes.
  • Nest patterns to optimize fabric usage.
  • Design and visualize garments in 3D.
  • Manage a library of pattern designs.

Limitations:

  • With the exception of Optitex, they don’t automatically generate basic blocks; these must be imported or manually drafted by a skilled pattern maker.
  • They require a skilled pattern maker to adapt patterns and adjustments.
  • Cannot replace the expertise of pattern makers in garment design and fit assessment.
  • Not suitable for tasks unrelated to pattern making, such as sewing or manufacturing.

Cost & Scope:

Our understanding is that these platforms are tailored for large-scale manufacturing, typically coming with a substantial price tag. They often require a demo before revealing the cost, specialized training, and equipment, which can pose challenges for fashion students, sewists, independent pattern makers, and individuals on a budget.

So, if you find yourself in one of these categories, what are the alternatives?

PatternLab – Affordable Digital Pattern Making!

PatternLab.London was created to address this very issue. We aim to offer a cost-effective solution that is both user-friendly and accessible right now!

PatternLab.London provides a range of products tailored to independent pattern makers, fashion students, and fashion enthusiasts. You get the same high quality but at a lower cost, and it’s available immediately. So, what products do we offer, what are their prices, and how can they significantly streamline your garment design and manufacturing workflow?

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The Lab – Automated Basic Block Drafting Software:

Our cutting-edge automated basic block drafting software can create bespoke or custom-fitting basic blocks in minutes. Bespoke Basic blocks can be drafted for as little as £4.99

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Standard Basic Blocks:

We have an extensive library of standardized, professional digital basic blocks, providing a dependable foundation for your next finished pattern or garment collection.

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FREE Digital Pattern Making Courses:

We provide a selection of courses and tutorials covering digital pattern making techniques using Adobe Illustrator as a powerful and user-friendly platform. These courses are designed for absolute beginners in both Adobe Illustrator and pattern making. You can learn the basics of digital pattern making and add design details such as pockets, pleats, collars, and more to transform your custom-fitting basic blocks into beautiful full-scale finished patterns.

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We Champion Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is rapidly becoming a digital pattern making powerhouse. With its wide range of tools, features, and visually appealing, user-friendly interface, you can effortlessly adapt your digital basic blocks into stunning finished patterns. It’s also a cost-effective digital pattern making platform, offering a monthly subscription with a 7-day free trial.

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Conclusion

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