Block pattern drafting for beginners

14 Nov , 2017 Style Line News

Block pattern drafting for beginners

As you start your pattern cutting journey you will want to start block pattern drafting your own, so we thought we would walk you through the basics of What is a block pattern and the benefits of having a template that you can return to time and time again.

 Block pattern drafting for beginners

What is a Block pattern drafting?

In the fashion industry buyers will normally request many alterations to their patterns to fit each style to their stores brand style and fitting measurements, the process of signing off a garment takes time and requires sometimes a few pattern changes along the way before reaching a final pattern.


The fashion industry calls it a block pattern because it acts as a basic template. We recommend you learn the terminology of pattern cutting to further your understanding of the industry jargon so you can fit in just like a professional. Please feel free to download our Pattern Cutting Dictionary PDF here.


Why do we need a Block Pattern?

If in the future you would like to open up your own fashion boutique or you want to launch your own collection, you will need to create a block pattern before taking your garment to the factories. Factories require a pattern guide that will help them in re-producing your garment over and over again.


A block pattern becomes your go-to pattern, a blueprint for the garment which gives you a starting point for designing other similar styles that can be inspired and developed, so for example changing the neckline, sleeve and or darts manipulation.


Are Block Patterns durable?

  Block pattern drafting for beginners

A block pattern is made from cardboard because it is thicker and durable allowing for repeated tracing and pattern development.


Once your block pattern has been created it then goes through a third process of changing the sizes from a size 8 – 28 and this process is called grading. If you would like to know more about What is Grading then you can visit our website by clicking the link.


Different Types of Block Patterns:

There are two basic types of blocks: A bodice Block and A Trouser Block.



A Final Thought:

If it’s your first time in the fashion industry with little or no experience of pattern cutting, then choosing a course that allows you to develop your pattern cutting skills to industry standard is important. If you want to start your journey and learn more about developing your own block patterns then please CLICK HERE


To your style success..


StylelinePatternCutting Team “The backbone of fashion”

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