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I've just completed my first job for a designer putting together her collection for a show this spring,  it's been way cool.   And I can't wait to work on more,   jumping into this field is the best thing I've ever done.   Word of note to any aspiring pattern makers out there though,  yes you can edit Lutterloh patterns to create either you or someone else's designs however what you really need to do is learn patternmaking from the ground up.


My suggestion is to get yourself Connie Amaden Crawford's book,  Patternmaking Made Easy,  and some real pattern makers tools.   This book is a life saver,  everything you need to know to seriously get started in professional patternmaking.  It's easy to read and understand,  step by step instructions and nicer line work illustrations than the other pattern making book I had (Armstrong,  that I didn't use because it was so daunting).


The rulers and at least the pattern notcher,  18 " curve for sleeves,  curve stick for hip curves (and more) and a L curve,  don't fight inaccuracy alone (I tried to with just a plastic sleeve curve and a side of poster board as a straight edge and a little protractor,  don't do this to yourself,  save your time and get your rules!)  French curves are good too, but I winged it without them.   GoldenStar tools are where I just ordered my new equipment.

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Thanks Mismatched Misfitz Boutique,  actually,  once I got started with the book I also realized it's best to have a dress form too,  other wise you've got a lot of guess work to do in order to 'reverse engineer' a garment pattern and start developing Connie's basic blocks.   Apparently,  you can get a cheap dressform from a thriftshop (my friend suggested Value Village) for around $30 to $40 which would be a steal if it was the right size and in good condition.   Other than that you can make your own for close to the same price,  you can watch a video for that here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs8B4mRVeXU  Good Luck!

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