Why take patterns


  • The way a garment is cut, may help to identify it’s origin and/or date (compared to others).
  • A pattern enables you to make reconstructions of whole or parts of garments.
  • A pattern can provide you with information about the wearer, their size, shape and posture.
  • The process of examining a garment so systematically, gives far more information than any cursory examination.
  • Patterns are easier to compare than garments and will enable you to compare with similar garments in other collections without handling.
  • An accurate pattern combined with a thorough description and good pictures will reduce the need for further handling.


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