creating patterns - new venture? or insanity?
Although I don't get to near as many events as I used to (or would like to) in this stage of life, I still work on 1860s clothes for the sheer fun of it. And, naturally, when I'm coming up with new clothing items for Victoria, I end up working up a pattern. I may not always have access to originals, but you can do a remarkable amount of drafting even looking at a photo. I believe I've been able to create pretty accurate garments using photos of originals, and my own common sense.
(I hope anyone who has used my patterns have also felt that way about their result. If you have had any problems with my patterns...please tell me!)
Anyway, it was suggested to me recently that I formalize my patterns and sell them. Wow! This idea really appeals to me, because as much as I enjoy sewing, I've come to truly enjoy drafting up patterns. Mocking them up and testing them over and over again...well, that's not so exciting...but drafting patterns from an original and coming out with a useable, accurate garment? Fun stuff! (And that's not even counting patterns for shoes and slippers!)
I doubt I would be able just invest in a large-format print job right now, with my patterns printed on large sheets and put into neat little envelopes like the "professionals" do. That's quite pricey. So for now, I may have to make do with downloadable PDF patterns which could be printed off on your home computer and taped together to make the full sized pattern. That's how I print off my "test" patterns at home -- and I know I've seen other designers create PDFs of their full-size patterns in this same manner. When formatted correctly, a PDF can print off into an accurately scaled pattern. Plus it's "instant gratification" for the buyer, right?
My only fear would be that it would be too much trouble for home seamstress to print off and tape together the pattern at home. It's not too much trouble for me; but then I'm used to doing it.
What are your thoughts, dear readers? Are you interested?
Written by Amy at 4/24/2012