You've found pattern school online - the best resource on stretch fit pattern making available. Together with our Facebook Group we try to answer all your questions and even some you never knew you had. We are constantly playing with new ideas and concepts in order to grow and develop our Ready to Wear knowledge ... why not join us?

This website has a science of stretch section open to the public and a whole stack of pattern making lessons (membership) that will teach you exactly how to make your own blocks/slopers and patterns from scratch ... while we focus on swimwear, you'll find most things apply to dance and other stretchwear ... knowing how to make and use a block means never having to buy patterns again! The site is aimed mainly at fashion school students and assumes some basic knowledge, it may still be appropriate for home sewists wanting to learn stretch fit pattern making.

We even have an eShop with ready made blocks/slopers and patterns if you just want to get straight into it. And lastly of course there's the blog below where we highlight some of the discussion topics from the Facebook group.

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Earlier today Rena shared a series of images in our Facebook Group which reminded me of outsider art (ok just a little bit). This is something I always wanted to use as a print for swimwear because it has a raw, aggressively passionate nature to it that can only really be seen in untrained artists. Now I'm normally all about training and education and studying everything properly ... but when something doesn't specifically require a technically "correct" solution, there is room for those "outside" the norms to express themselves creatively.

"What makes someone truly an outsider? Is it a question of attitude, access, opportunity? Does it simply mean a certain rebellious streak, an aversion to the mainstream? When it comes to the art world, the term “outsider” has a tumultuous history, and it’s still liable to set off long debates. And yet, despite occasional detractors, “outsider art” is more or less accepted terminology—a way of describing a certain kind of creative output that resists tidy boundaries." - https://www.artsy.net/.../artsy-editorial-outsider-art... Outsider art "might include the art of those with disabilities or mental health conditions, as well as gloriously eccentric work made in isolation" .... I totally love this. Technically however it's simply the term used to describe art that has a naïve quality, often produced by people who have not trained as artists or worked within the conventional structures of art production .... those who don't know how it's "supposed to be done". It may also be called Art Brut or Raw Art. However there must be some obvious evidence of the artist's interpretive talent by classical definitions ... a finger painting by a child at preschool, for example, does not qualify as Outsider Art because the child wasn't necessarily trying to tell a story, display a culture, re-interpret a circumstance, or comment on a movement, or whatever as such. Outsider Art is supposed to have the carry the message quality of classical art, without the normal constraints of training. Outsider Art does not cover traditional ethnic art that isn't trained in the classical sense. And if you think that means that any art you find at the local flea market could be outsider art then think again. Color by numbers or painting a vase of flowers is not outsider art, nor is it insider art. And just as classical art can be seriously snobby, so too can outsider art .... when a classically trained artist tries to give up being classical and go "freehand" they can't describe themselves as outsider artists because they've already been trained (although they try) ... in outsider art circles they are called "contrived artists" ... so yes the snobby goes both ways. It's a fascinating topic. I've gone down one of those squirrel tangents again haven't I? Anyway I wanted to share with you something that I think would make a great fabric print concept ... especially seeing as today has been so much about prints and colours. Here's a link to my Pinterest board on Outsider Art so you can get an idea (I've added a few examples below) https://www.pinterest.com/patternschool/outsider-art/ I also wanted to thank everyone for all the really interesting questions recently ... they've helped so many learn a lot of new things ... some who've recently just been thinking about them and hadn't yet asked and others who didn't know they needed to know it until now .... that's what's so good about this group ... there's so much learning going on. Lastly I'm sorry I haven't made much progress in the last couple of days ... I've been sick with man flu but I'm mostly better now and will be back on board full time tomorrow. I have caught up on all the messages and questions and finished all the tutorials and website maintenance. Next is back to the tops patterns, then the head blocks ... yes I have read and responded to all the messages and questions relating to those ... I had no idea they were such a big thing ... so to answer the most commonly asked question so I don't have to answer anymore emails about them, yes you should be able to use them for fast DIY hat, mask and wig stands for cosplay ... download one pattern, make 100 wig stands (sigh).

If you're wondering what I'm doing, I'm working on the Ultimate Intimates Tops collection patterns ... see the images below ... I still have a few more to go and then I need to work on the optional style lines ... it's never-ending!

I've started writing an overview of digitizing paper patterns, and the sort of information you need to store besides the pattern itself ... like dates, revision number, seam allowances etc. It's hard to know how much to actually cover.

I've also had a few requests for a head form pattern recently (yeah Josh Hart you're one of them). I recently purchased a whole stack of hat blocks which aren't quite the same thing but it gave me the idea of creating head forms because of things like ...

  • mask making

  • cos play

  • millinery

  • stretchy hoods on the catsuits

  • latex and spandex fetish hoods

... not to mention anyone who wants to stick a head on top of their dress form. I've no idea where to start, and I'd like to have a reasonable amount of face detail, but probably not ears. I'm sure it can't be too hard. The question is, is this something people want?

The other one is glove patterns. I've never really done these but I've been able to acquire some adult women's patterns that I can digitize/grade and re-issue ... how many people use these? Any need for them? Come and join our Facebook group to get in on the discussion.

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Well it's done ... I've finally finished the Intimates Collection ... it's 21 A2 pages of pure pattern making bliss ... if I don't say so myself.

  • 12 separate base patterns (vary combinations of waist height, leg height, seat width and BB seam/fold)

  • 13 sizes in each set based on 2cm increments (85cm to 109cm hips)

  • 3 to 4 additional sets of style lines for each base pattern

  • instructions on how to adjust the base patterns for short/long body rise and anterior/posterior tilt.

From this it should be possible to make every currently fashionable style of intimates bottoms ... even the strappy things if you know how to cut things into smaller pieces again ... and because it's based on 10% is should possible to use for swimwear too ... killing my own currently available swimwear pattern sales.

I'm now sending it off to proof reading and testing .... below are just a few screen caps from what's inside ... so it's ... COMING SOON ... just a day or so more for checking.

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