Pattern Making 101

Toted as “the Dressmaker’s Resource” is a great resource for the avid sewer. Although it does have lots of knitting and crochet patterns, it also has some great sewing and pattern making info. I was inpressed with the tutorial for drafting your own bra pattern as well as the simple instructions on how to pivot a dart. And if you ever wanted to delve into the world of pattern grading, they have some great beginner tips.


  1. Deborah Venzant says

    What I really want to know is how do I enlarge a small sized pattern to my size(20). I found lots of very beauty dress and pantsuits patterns from the 1950s and the 1960s and I want to be able to look at the outfit on the front and back of the pattern and sew by sight or learn how to create a pattern just by looking at the pattern. Can you please help!!!!!!

    PS I will begin sewing lessons very soon.

    • says


      I wish I could give you some info on grading patterns, but that’s one of the skills that I’m also wanting to learn. And for exactly the same reasons – I have a collection of fabulous patterns from the 50s to the 70s that are all in the wrong size!!


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