A pattern making instructor stands beside a mannequin, with a computer screen showing a garment pattern in Adobe Illustrator, highlighting the matching of pattern notches.

How to Match Pattern Notches in Adobe Illustrator

Pattern Making in Adobe Illustrator Project

Creating patterns in Adobe Illustrator can be made simple with the right techniques. In this guide, we’ll show you two ways to match and mark pattern notches, making your pattern-making process smoother. Whether you’re working on clothing designs, crafts, or any project requiring precision, these methods can help.

Traditional Pattern Making Method:

The first method is the traditional way, similar to using paper. This involves rotating and aligning pattern pieces until the notches match up. It’s a straightforward approach that mimics the hands-on process of paper pattern making. You manually adjust each piece, searching for the correct notch positions by moving them around.

Modern, Precision Pattern Making Method:

The second method leverages Adobe Illustrator’s tools for a more precise outcome. We use the dashed line tool to pinpoint the exact location of notches by measurements. Instead of physically rotating and matching the pieces, you can set specific distances for notches, making this approach much more accurate. This method is particularly useful in digital pattern making, where precision is key to a successful design.

Both techniques have their place in pattern making. The manual method offers a more tactile, intuitive approach, while the dashed line tool provides accuracy and efficiency. Depending on your project and preference, you might find one method more suitable than the other. However, mastering both can greatly enhance your pattern-making skills in Adobe Illustrator, giving you the flexibility to tackle various design challenges with ease.

New to pattern making in Adobe Illustrator? Learn the fundamental pattern making techniques with our comprehensive online course. Read more…

Essentials for Following Along

Before we dive in, you’ll need a torso basic block to keep up with this pattern-making project. We offer two types of torso basic blocks for your selection. Standardised basic blocks are ready for immediate use, allowing you to start drafting right away, though they might not match your measurements perfectly. On the other hand, a bespoke basic block, tailored to your specific measurements, offers a precise fit but requires time to create, as we’ll need 28 of your body measurements. Choose the one that best suits your needs!

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Standardized Basic Block

Start pattern making immediately

Visit our partner site, DesignLab.London, for a variety of torso basic blocks available in multiple sizes. These serve as an ideal starting point or base pattern for your pattern-making project. Explore the collection, select your preferred style and size, and download it to proceed with your project.


Bespoke Basic Blocks

Craft a personalised basic block designed for your unique measurements

Looking for a tailor-made torso basic block for this project? You’re in the right place. Construct your personalised basic block in the Lab by providing your measurements. Simply create a profile, input your measurements, and utilise this profile to design a range of basic block styles. You’ll need the torso basic block for this project.

What’s Next?

You’re not done there though! If you want to share it online or print it off at home, you’ll need to add seam allowance and transform it into a PDF sewing pattern. Check out the projects below to find out how.

Screenshot of Adobe Illustrator showing the 'Offset Path' function being used to add seam allowance to a basic block of a halter-neck swimsuit pattern.

Learn How to Add Seam Allowance to Your Patterns

Learn how to add seam allowance, to your basic blocks and finished patterns, in Adobe Illustrator, using our simple pattern making tutorial.

Computer screen with a digital pattern making program, Adobe Illustrator open, showing a dress basic block pattern, on a desk with modern design tools.

Master Pattern Making Techniques in Adobe Illustrator

Transform Basic Blocks into Precision Finished Patterns

Learn the fundamental techiques of pattern making with our Free comprehensive pattern making in Adobe Illustrator course

Screenshot of a dress basic block layout in Adobe Illustrator, showcasing the process to create PDF sewing patterns.

Learn How to Create PDF Sewing Patterns

Transform your finished patterns into multi-page PDF sewing patterns in a range of paper sizes. Then save, print from home, or share and sell your PDF sewing patterns online.


  1. Rosetta

    Hi There

    just wondering if your email lionk works on your website as I have subscribed to your newsletter and other pattern downloads but have received nothing.

    I get a message to check my email but there’s nothing there.

    the only thing that seams to work is if I buy something then I do get the file to download but not anything else (free stuff).

    Also where do I find the template with the legend/key for the ‘cutting table’?

    I would also like to be able to design different necklines like a tutleneck/halterneck bodice (eveningwear) but not sure how. I am a sewer, graphic designer and proficient in Adobe Illustrator but new to pattern drafting/fashion design..

    I also applied to be a tester on your website but again did not receive a confirmation email, even though your website said to check my emails etc. I even checked my spam but again, nothing.

    I look forward to your reply.


    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Rosetta,

      Thanks for your comment, and I apologize for the trouble you’ve had with our free content and the delay in this response. Your comment was mistakenly marked as spam. Here’s a link that contains the cutting table and other essential downloads and supporting materials for your project: https://patternlab.london/home/newsletter-sign-up/.

      We offer various tutorials for digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator. You can find them here: https://patternlab.london/home/project/pattern-making-adobe-illustrator/#more-patternmaking. Perhaps you’ll find a project within these courses that suits your next project.

      I hope this helps resolve your issue. If you have any more questions or encounter any problems, please don’t hesitate to ask.


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