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Pattern Drafting in Sketch

Want to draft your own PDF sewing patterns? This tutorial series shows you how draft patterns using Sketch, a vector based software that’s cheaper and more intuitive than Illustrator. My goal is that this page becomes a one stop shop to help you create digital PDFs of your sewing patterns.

We’ll cover logistics first: how to export the pattern as a copy shop PDF, a print-at-home PDF that splits your pattern into multiple pages.

Then, we’ll go over how to digitize the sewing pattern, and how to make re-usable symbols for things like fold lines, grain lines, and pattern piece labels so you can work and iterate quickly.

  • Drafting a simple pattern
  • Making your own pattern label symbol
  • Using symbols for grain lines, cut marks, and other pattern markings

Future tutorial ideas:

  • Calculating the fabric usage for pattern instructions
  • Making cutting layout diagrams for pattern instructions
  • Making a simplified pattern piece legend

I've paused work on these tutorials until I write a sketch plugin that makes working with inches/cm (vs pixels) possible. Planning to pick it back up in Fall 2019. Please let me know if you’re following along or trying any of this out. I’d really like to hear your thoughts and what you find useful. My contact info.