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When you are labeling the pieces on your pattern and you have one that you need two cut, one the mirror image of the first how do you label it?

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MikaelaHolmes

Best Answer 3 years ago

Great question! So my pattern naming conventions actually come from creating patterns for sewing because that is my background. In a sewing pattern, if you label a piece "Cut 2" it usually means that you need to cut mirror image pieces like you are saying. When you cut fabric, you usually fold it over onto itself and cut two layers at once, so the pieces automatically turn out as mirror images. For leather however, you can't cut two layers at once, so in the case of leather patterns, I would suggest making two pattern pieces that are mirror images of each other. Or just make one and label it with something like "Cut 2 Mirrored", whichever makes the most sense to you. Honestly, when you are making patterns for yourself, just come up with a system that works for you and stay consistent to it so you understand your patterns when you come back to them later. Thanks for bringing this up, I will clarify it in the lesson :)

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AlywolfMikaelaHolmes

Answer 3 years ago

great, thank you. Patterning my stuff has been an interesting hurdle for me. I do sew but not well, and to day have only followed a pattern almost completely once. I make these weird little leather critters and they have bizarre patterns that I have been making.

Your answer helps me to create patterns that are consistent and may make sense to other people in the future too. so again thank you.

PS I am loving this so far. working on a pattern for a pouch. got most of the front designed in AI.

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MikaelaHolmes

3 years ago

Alywolf, I'm glad you are enjoying the patternmaking. It can definitely be a challenge, but you will get the hang of it :) It was interesting trying to figure out the best ways to explain some of those concepts, so please let me know if anything is unclear. Making mock-ups of your designs in oak tag or paper, or just playing around with shapes and ideas before you design a final pattern can really help too. I can't wait to see what you've designed!