This past week I was up to my elbows in pattern making. I had lots of custom patterns to make for clients, and since I currently make all my patterns by hand, this was a very time consuming task. Hopefully this will be changing in the future as I’m excited to say that I just purchased Lauren Dahl’s Pattern Workshop last night! Yippee! I’m super excited about this because I’ve used Illustrator a lot in the past but mostly just for illustrating my designs, making croquis, or drawing the illustrations for the patterns I made by hand. I’ve been wanting to take this class for a while but lacked the extra funds to make a big purchase. I finally saved enough money for it and I know this class will help me speed up the pattern making process a ton. And since I’m only one person doing everything in my business, I’m definitely excited to learn everything she has to offer in this class. Anyways, I still have to make patterns by hand until I can do it all digitally and this last week made me realize how handy a fractional chart is.

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My poor fractional chart is barely hanging on.

Sometimes when pattern making you have to do some math and in order to get a certain measurement you have to divide fractions by 2, 3, or 4 and when you aren’t that great with fractions, it’s a bit tough. So this is where the fractional chart comes in. You just transfer that little fraction into a decimal, divide, then transfer it back to a fraction and voila! It’s done. This is why I love my fractional chart, but it was dying on me and I only had that one! It was given to me by my pattern making professor in college and we all only got one so it’s been with me for a few years now. I tried to make a copy of it but because it’s purple it came out awful and not usable at all. So I decided that the only way I’d get another was to transfer all of it to Excel. This worked well and since I already had it as a pdf I thought, What the heck! Let me give my blog readers a free copy too! So I have attached a PDF for y’all to download below. You’re welcome. Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 2.50.17 PMWhen you download the pdf you will get it in this nice black and white color scheme with grey shadows in order to save you money on the colored ink. Also, it will look just fine if you want to make copies of it at some point. When I printed it out, it came out perfectly and I already have a few copies in my studio and office! I hope you use it and love it. Feel free to share it, tweet it, or pin it but just give me credit please. Also if you get the chance, subscribe to my newsletter to get the latest news and posts from Reyna Lay Designs.

Until next time sewcialists, Stay creative!

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