waistband and pockets pattern making tutorial PatternLab

Waistband and Front Pockets Pattern Making Tutorial

Learn how to draft an external waistband and custom front pockets using our basic trouser block. It’s a simple enough tutorial but is incredibly powerful when pattern making basic trouser patterns. This tutorial is faster paced than most of our other digital pattern making tutorials in Adobe Illustrator. If you are new to pattern making in Adobe Illustrator, we highly recommend watching our FREE digital pattern making course. This course will teach you the basics of digital pattern making and all the techniques and tools required.

You’ll need a digital basic trouser block to follow this tutorial. Check below the video to see your download options. Enjoy! 

Download the Basic Trouser Block to Follow Along

You will need one of our basic trouser blocks to follow along with this tutorial. We have two options for you to choose from!

waistband and pockets pattern making tutorial PatternLab

Made-to-Measure Basic Trouser Block

Draft a basic Trouser block to fit your unique measurements. Create a profile, add your measurements, design your block, then download it as an SVG ePattern.

waistband and pockets pattern making tutorial PatternLab

Trouser Block Pattern Pack (UK4 – 24)

Purchase and download the Basic Trouser block pattern pack from our sister site DesignLab.london. The pack contains Ai, SVG and PDF patterns in Sizes UK4 -24. This is by far the quickest option.

Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator as a digital pattern making platform

Learn the step-by-step basics of digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator in our short crash course. It’s your first step to producing digital sewing patterns like a pro.

Adding seam allowance

Follow this simple and handy tutorial to learn how to add seam allowance to your finished pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

Multi-page PDF patterns

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

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