“There are many approaches to learning about patterns and their direct relationship to garments.

Often it’s good to take a ‘slow cooking approach’ which in the long run becomes a ‘sustainable approach’. . .

Get to know a range of figure personalities, their posture and how they create a line, i.e. how they move . . .

Get to know your own form thoroughly. Try on lots of clothes. Identify how they differ in ‘cut’ and ‘fit’. Do you feel more comfortable in figure hugging or relaxed fittings? What designs appear the most flattering for your figure personality and movement? How does the armhole feel? Are the sleeves comfortable? Do you need more ‘ease’, i.e. ‘movement’ across the back?

Use a Design Diary to note your findings and record rough sketches. This will help you develop your own process and understanding”. . . . .