Online Patternmaking Classes
by Don McCunn


Measurements are the beginning of the process. While measurements are the starting point, do not worry too much about making them overly precise. The body is a series of continuous contours. Measurements in increments of 1/2" (12mm) are accurate enough. The true shape will be determined when the fabric is fit to the body. However the Bust and Waist measurements will be vital in verifying that there is adequate ease in the final pattern.

To quickly and easily locate specific measurements they are referenced by the numbering system used in the second edition of my book How to Make Sewing Patterns (2016). You can download the chart to your computer as an interactive PDF file that can be saved, printed, and shared across multiple devices. Instructions for doing this are included in the PDF file. Record the measurements taken here in a copy of that chart.


You will create the sloper pattern based on the measurements for the body described in How to Make Sewing Patterns on pages 17 through 25, 2nd ed. (pages 15 through 21, 1st ed.). You will also need the measurements for the arm for the tunic pattern I will be showing you in week 5. The videos below show how to take all these measurements.

Measuring for a Woman

Measuring for a Man

Do-It-Yourself Measurements

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