My brain cannot handle anymore math.
Well, I've done it. At least I think I have. I've drafted a basic baby pattern I've had in my head for a while now with the help of Winifred Aldrich's Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear. It's not anything new or innovative. It's just something that I want to be completely my own, for what reason I'm not really sure yet. I just wanted to try it.
I highly recommend the book despite the slightly creepy child illustrations (if you have this book you know what I mean). Katherine h mentioned Winifred Aldrich's book when I asked about pattern drafting resources before and I know that Tanit-Isis has used the adult pattern book as well. I'm definitely ordering the women's wear version. It's more like a textbook than do-it-yourself book, though it is easy enough to decipher. I learned more reading the introduction and jumping right in to the basic flat overgarment block than I have from reading through the two other pattern drafting books I've bought recently. The only negative is that it's metric! Though that's not a negative to most you out there across the globe-- only to us nutty Americans. Why don't we use the metric system in America? What in the world is the customary system based off of anyway?
Do any Americans out there remember about 20 years ago when they told us in school that the U.S. was going to switch over to the metric system? I was in third grade. I remember my teachers being all flustered about it. We did a few lessons on the metric system and then that was it. We never switched over and no one ever talked about it again. I wish we had switched, because now my brain only works in inches and feet.
Which is not good when you have an awesome pattern book that uses centimeters.
Especially when the conversion chart tells you things like 1cm = 0.393700787 inches (!!??)
I'll be honest, some of those measurements I did are in inches and some are in centimeters. It's a hybrid measurement system I use- the customarily metric-ish system. My t-square is only in inches but I have a little ruler that has centimeters. And some may be close-to-accurate guesstimates. It looks right....
But like I said, my brain can handle no more math at the moment.
I'll make a muslin soon enough.