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Using your Designer Manual for Basics

By Susan | July 25, 2014


In every pdf pattern released by Measure Twice Cut Once includes the exclusive Designer Manual.

When I first decided I wanted to release patterns I wanted to bring to them something more than one pattern is one make. I wanted it to be like how I work as a designer. When I’m working on a range a huge number of variables come into play from market wants/needs all the way down to how many cents I can spend on buttons. Some days it can feel a bit like design by numbers. But it has taught me a very valuable skill.

Every garment is a block.

A best seller last season can be tweaked this year and re released to become something new and exciting. Substitute that ruffle for a placket, move that trim, use that trim over there. Make things mix and match.

All of this has accumulated into the Designer Manual. Take the Racer Back tank, here are just some of the variations suggested

Womens-racer-back-singlet-variationsEven more than using my suggestions, I want you to use your own ideas. Mix and blend your own style into the shapes. Make it your own. Make it work for your lifestyle and what you want.

It’s truly exciting to be able to release the patterns and then see what you all create with them. The endless interpretations are a fascinating insight into what we all want from our wardrobes and how we make our styles work for us.

I sincerely hope that the Designer Manual inspires you to bring your own design skills to the patterns and interpret them for yourself.




Hi, I'm Susan. A designer living in Sydney, Australia.

Here I share tales of my sewing, my pattern collection and insights into what it's like to work as a professional fashion designer.

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