Natasha Maidiasani is a faculty of Fashion Design at ARCH College of Design and Business. She teaches Pattern Making to Fashion Design students. She tells us about Pattern Making and its importance for Fashion Design students.
A pattern is a template from which part of a garment is traced onto the fabric before being cut out and assembled; patterns are usually made of paper. Pattern Making is a blueprint for the garment, on the basis of which the fabric is cut. It is the technical drawing or drafting of a garment. Standard size charts, dress forms or figure are measured, these measurements are then converted into 2D patterns and then garments are made from them.
Pattern Making has become necessary for a Fashion designer to enable him to make different garments. Pattern Making is very interesting and important for a student as it helps to interpret Designs and understand it with technical ability.
There are many methods of Pattern Making. Flat Pattern Making and Draping are the common ones. In Flat Pattern Making, we take the accurate measurements from a dress form or a figure and then measurements are turned into a pattern using paper. In Draping, a specific Design is achieved, Muslin fabric is draped around a dress form or figure to achieve specific Design.
Pattern Making is a practical and application based subject. Making of Designer garments is taught to students, once they are well-versed with the basics. At the initial phase, it is difficult and time-consuming for the student to learn pattern-making, but once they learn it, it becomes interesting for them.