Sarah’s Key To Pattern Drafting


“Sarah’s Key To Pattern Drafting” book includes step by step instructions and diagrams for custom making patterns for your entire wardrobe – slacks, shorts, skirts, blouses and dresses.  Patterns and designs are for women – tall, short, heavy or thin.  This book is for you!  Now you can say “Finally it fits!”

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“Sarah’s Key To Pattern Drafting” is the book that started Sarah Doyle’s career as a pattern maker, pattern designer, creator of Plus Size Children sewing patterns, instructor, and author of a series of pattern making, sewing and craft books.

“Sarah’s Key To Pattern Drafting” book includes step by step instructions and diagrams for custom making patterns for your entire wardrobe – slacks, shorts, skirts, blouses and dresses.  Patterns and designs are for women – tall, short, heavy or thin.  This book is for you!  Now you can say “Finally it fits!”

Check out the table of contents to see what all is in the book.  You’ll want to get started today to get that perfect fit.


Tools necessary for pattern making                                                                                                                  1

Abbreviations and marking symbols                                                                                                                 1

How to use the curved ruler                                                                                                                               2

How to take measurements                                                                                                                               3

Chart of women’s measurements                                                                                                                     6

Your personal measurement chart                                                                                                                   7

Drawing the original bodice                                                                                                                               9

Basic necklines                                                                                                                                                      14

Standard round neck

Boat neck

Large round neck

Square neck

Square with round bottom

Scallop neck


Sweetheart neck

Low scoop neck

Basic Bodices                                                                                                                                                         19


Defined waist and hip lines

Fitted waist and hipline with darts

Dart positions and how to make                                                                                                        23

Chart of basic rules                                                                                                                                              24

Cutting the fabric and facings                                                                                                                            25

Material requirements                                                                                                                                         26

Drawing the sleeve                                                                                                                                               31

Drawing raglan sleeves                                                                                                                                       38

Drawing the collar                                                                                                                                                39

Making the collar-tie combination                                                                                                                   50

How to make button loops                                                                                                                                 51

How to attach the shirt collar                                                                                                                            53

Drawing the bodice the short cut way                                                                                                             54

How to make off the shoulder styles                                                                                                               58

Blouses for all occasions                                                                                                                                     64

How to make princess styles                                                                                                                              71

Layout of princess style pattern on fabric                                                                                                       73

How to draw shorts and slacks                                                                                                                          74

Split skirts/culottes                                                                                                                                               80

How to make side slash pockets                                                                                                        83

Jumpsuits                                                                                                                                                                87

How to draw skirts                                                                                                                                               90

How to attach the skirt pocket                                                                                                                          99

How to attach the skirt pocket/belt loop combination                                                                                101

Dresses                                                                                                                                                                   104



Princess Style                                                                                                                                                         114

High waist

Low waist

Cut at waist

Suits                                                                                                                                                                         127

Alterations to the basic pattern                                                                                                                        129

You can also see all the articles that were written about Sarah and her books on our Media Page.

NOTE:  Due to the high cost of shipping and the size of this book, it is only available to U.S. customers.


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