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Pattern Design Guides
by Don McCunn

An Introduction to Pattern Design
by Don McCunn

 Cover of the eBook
The eBook
An Introduction to
Pattern Design

Price: $15.00 USD

This eBook uses the three-dimensional shape of a bottle and an apron sloper pattern to introduce the following pattern design techniques.

  • Drafting a Sloper Pattern
  • Draping a Sloper Pattern
  • Pivoting Darts to New Locations
  • Changing Darts to Seams
  • Changing Seam Locations
  • Changing Darts to Fullness
  • Adding Fullness with Gathers
  • Adding Fullness without Gathers
  • Tapering from Fitted to Full
  • Creating Pleats

These are the basic techniques you will need to create virtually any look for any garment using flat pattern design methods. For more information, watch the video below and/or see the Overview of the process.


This book was developed for an online class to teach the basics of pattern design. I had two contests for this class which illustrate some of the wonderful design ideas people came up with for this project. Use the buttons below to see the results of these contest. (Note - I retired from teaching my online patternmaking classes in 2013.)

An Introduction to Pattern Design is a 24 page Text Only eBook with step-by-step instructions, photos, illustrations, and patterns. It does not contain any embedded videos. It comes as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. It may be viewed on screen and/or printed on 8-1/2" by 11" or A4 paper. For more information about this format, see PDF e-Books.

Copyright © 2008 by Donald H. McCunn