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Drafting a pattern

As I think I mentioned some time ago, I am taking sewing lessons again. It’s a course where the participants work on skills of their own preference. For me that is solving fitting issues and pattern drafting. Not that I think I don’t have anything to learn on sewing anymore, far from that. But it’s only 10 lessons of 2 hours, and I learn techniques pretty easily when following a description in a book/magazine/on the internet. So I’ve been working on skirt patterns to start with. I’ve done some pattern drafting in a distant past, so it’s not completely new to me.

I’m trying to make a pattern for this Marfy skirt (from a previous catalogue, not the new one).


It looks not too complicated, but gives somes headaches in the way the top part is constructed. Is it one pattern piece with the skirt and a waistband sewn on top? If it is then how is the pocket part constructed? Is there a seam? Or is the part above the waistband a separate part resulting in a lot of seam allowances in the waistband area?

I’m not asking to have answers on this, these are just the questions that arise when closely observing the drawing. And as there are no line drawings with Marfy, this is up to me to figure out.  And it sure was good to be able to discuss these points with the teacher. I’ll be drawing a 1/2 scale pattern piece and try to construct it. When I succeed in solving this, I plan to sew this skirt for myself.


  1. This is a beautiful skirt, but I see what yo mean about that waistband - where does it end and the pocket begin? I'm looking forward to seeing how you make it happen.

  2. Thank you for your comment on my jacket.

  3. Interesting project. Without a technical drawing some basic design decisions will be yours.

  4. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. It is certainly a very interesting style.

    I took a pattern drafting course a few years ago and truly enjoyed it.

  5. Those are good questions. The sketch appears to show a number of pleats above the belt. However, seeing as pleats add unnecessary thickness in a place least appropriate for it, I'd draft for the upper edge shape but not the pleats. That should certainly simplify matters. (but that's just me: simplify, simplify, simplify. You might be a fan of the complex approach....)

  6. Oops - J is Digs - didn't realize I was signed into the wrong account. I'll never post an anonymous comment in my life. If it's worth saying, it's worth backing with my name. Apologies for above anonymity.

  7. Fabulous! I hadn't thought of a 1/2 scale model. I can't wait to see your progress.

  8. I look forward to see what you learn in your classes. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity.
    I would enjoy it, too.

  9. What a fabulous skirt! It has so many interesting details, and I am sure you will capture them beautifully.

  10. Sounds like fun. And a very cute skirt.


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