Breath Of The Wild WWWIP Week 2
I patterned out Link's Snowquill corset armor this past week. Here's a patterning tutorial!
Drawing a flat pattern from measurements:
Step 01 – Begin with a large sheet or roll of paper to draw your patterns on.
- Measuring tape
Step 02 - If you have an existing pattern piece or article of clothing that you will be wearing under the armor, you can lay it out on the paper to create a reference outline. If you don't have either of these, then you can lay yourself down on the paper and trace a loose outline of your body for reference.
Step 03 - Draw a vertical line down the middle of the pattern for your mirror point. This will become a folding line later on.
Step 04 - Compare the reference outline to your body measurements (1/2 chest circumference, 1/2 waist circumference, and the distance from collarbone to pant line). Draw additional guidelines as needed to create more accurate outer edges for your pattern piece.
Step 05 - Using a reference picture of your armor as a guide, begin drawing the layers of your pattern. Scale your reference image so that the dimensions of the armor in the image are a specific fraction of your pattern.
Example: I zoomed in on the armor picture until the length from collar to waist was 1/12th the length of the pattern's collar to waist.
Doing this will allow you to take a measurement of the image and then multiply that measurement by the scale you have set (x12 in my case) and will help you to create a more accurate pattern. Additionally, you can print out the image at the appropriate scale and draw a grid over it and then draw the same grid scaled up on your pattern if you need extra guidelines.
Step 06 - Once you have finished drawing one half of your pattern, cut it out and fold it over on the center line and trace it onto the other side. You can cut apart the layers to get all of the details and then tape them back together as needed.
Step 07 - If you have any asymmetrical elements in your pattern, I recommend drawing any symmetrical elements on one half first, mirror tracing it, and then drawing in the unique parts for each side afterward.
Step 08 - Once your pattern is complete, you will want to either try it on as-is or make a mock-up to make sure the fit is acceptable. If it is not, then you can trim off of your current pattern to make it smaller, or tape extra pieces of paper to expand it. You can also trace copies of the pattern to modify if you wish to make more than one size or shape for a group.
See you next week for another tutorial!