Making the Pattern

We have our measurements. We have our dimensions. Now to put pen to paper and make the actual pattern. Since this is a simple pattern that uses all geometric shapes, the pattern itself is pretty straightforward and simple to draw. So we start with pattern paper.

This LOOKS pretty professional. My own copy of this same pattern is on brown paper bags.

This LOOKS pretty professional. My own copy of this same pattern is on brown paper bags.

Now, you can use whatever paper you want. You can even make the pattern directly on muslin fabric if you like. My copy of this pattern for me is on brown paper bags. But this was for the camera, so I was shooting for professional here.

Next you take your finished dimensions from last week, and start making shapes. Two rectangles, a triangle, and a trapezoid (if 8th grade geometry serves my memory correctly)

These measurements…

These measurements…

Create these shapes

Create these shapes

So the main piece here, drawn out, is 63” long by 16.5” wide. One large rectangle. Now notice on the top edge there I have two tick marks then the giant Plus in the center. Those are the markings for cutting my neck piece. If you forget to mark them on the pattern, it is not earth shattering. You can always mark them directly on the fabric when the time comes.

The trapezoid!

The trapezoid!

For the gore, I mark the long side first, in this case 55.5” long. Then the top and bottom edge, 2.25” on the top, 12” on the bottom. Then I angle a line from top to bottom, using a straightedge so that my line is wavy (I am artistically challenged…geometry is as good as it gets).

Another Rectangle!

Another Rectangle!

The sleeve is another rectangle. Again, notice the line coming in from the center of the piece. This is the center line of the sleeve and is where the sleeve will match the tunic body during assembly.

The humble triangle

The humble triangle

The gusset is just a simple right triangle. As long as that hypotenuse is at least 8” long, the two sides will meet at that 90 degree corner.

And that’s it. Four pieces, basic geometry, and a whole host of possible costumes are available. For the TL;DR, here is the video production of the same process.

Drawing out the pattern requires paper, pen, tape measure, and a straight edge. That's it!