How to Draft a Pattern for a Simple Shirt, Using Your Own Measurements


Price includes 2 hours of class.

A virtual class with Cal Patch

Jan 13, 10:00am-12:00pm CST

Learn the basics of garment-pattern making by drafting a simple custom shirt based on your own unique measurements. Get the fit just the way you like it!

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.

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Sewing your own clothes is satisfying and practical. Drafting your own patterns goes a step further by putting the entire design process in your hands. Cal will teach you how to draft a pattern for a simple, modern, woven top that can easily be customized in a myriad ways. As a shorter, loose-fitting top, it’s a “Boxy Tee”, but make it longer with a bit more ease and in a fabric with good drape like linen, and it’s a “Drapy Tunic”.

If you’ve been wanting to dip your toe in the pattern-drafting pool, this is a perfect intro, and the sewing couldn’t be simpler. This basic T-shirt shape is a lovely “blank canvas” to serve as a pattern foundation for different techniques: piecing, quilting, embroidering, appliqué, dyeing, eco-printing — and it’s also a great style for turning hand-woven cloth into a garment.

In this class, we will take a few body measurements and use them to draft the pattern for a short-sleeved top, with a sleeve-extension option. We will not do any sewing in class, but Cal will talk about how to make a fit sample and adjust the pattern, so that you can proceed with your dream garments!

NOTE: You can use your completed pattern for her Sew a Hand-Stitched Shirt classes at a future STITCHES at Home event!

Supply list:
• Pad (18 x 24″ is a great size) or roll (at least 13″ wide; newsprint, drawing paper, etc.) of paper
• Notebook
• Pencil, eraser, and sharpener
• Ruler (18″ x 2″ clear sewing ruler is best)
• Tape measure
• Paper scissors
• Clear tape
• Hip curve or French curve

No pre-class work required.

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Barbara S.
Drafting a pattern from your own measurements

Well-organized, well-paced course, with valuable information. I recommend it.

Deb M.
How to Draft a Pattern for a Simple Shirt

I have learned so much from this course. Having the ability to access a recorded class is beneficial for someone who experiences migraines periodically, which can interrupt plans to attend classes. I found Cal's approach to be completely relaxed and this information to be empowering. Who knew this was something I could learn to do? I am looking forward to how this practice will progress over time to increase my home grown wardrobe, and one that fits! Thanks, Cal, for your accessibility and approachability, and for sharing your knowledge.

James M.
Pattern drafting made sew fun!

Cal made this all so easy! With her patient guidance and expertise I was able to accomplish the assignment and end up with a successful pattern. I would highly recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn how to draft a pattern.

Sandra D.
You Can Do This!

Drafting my own patterns has always seems an esoteric deal well beyond me. No more. Cal's demonstrations and explanations demystified the process and gave me a great start for making comfortable clothes. She's a knowledgeable professional who communicates well with students at all levels. I'm so glad I took this class and I highly recommend it.

Carol B.
Success simplified: Recommend this class! A+

Cal Patch is terrific. She’s great at explaining so everyone *gets* it. We accomplished so much in 2 hours! Cal simplifies flat pattern drafting to its essentials while leaving room for our personal design choices and modifications.