With commercial patterns I feel so out of the norm. Once I started drafting my own pattern I really start to feel sewing was fun. With commercial patterns I have at least 4 alterations every time and when drafting Its reduces my sewing time at least in half.
So, Do you have any experience drafting your patterns? If not, would you consider?
I have more than 2 books on the matter but the ones I use are and recommend:
Make your own patterns - Rene Bergh
Iole Method - No Author...
Yes, I've always drafted my own patterns--from the first sad, fraying circle skirt I made at age sixteen! I would recommend two books primarily: first, Pattern Drafting for Dressmaking by Pamela Stringer--it's a great beginner's text, very clear and plain language without too much complicated detail. And secondly, Dress Pattern Designing by Natalie Bray--it's much more scientific but absolutely necessary if you want to actually understand what you're doing.
Honestly, drafting my own patterns is partly (selective) laziness; I just don't want to wrangle with somebody else's design and learn somebody else's construction rules and sew a seam without knowing exactly why I'm doing it. I enjoy the drafting itself as a puzzle and challenge (for the same reason I enjoyed calculus in school), and the sewing process goes much more quickly and easily when I have hands-on knowledge of why I'm doing everything.
Hey, I'd forgotten I had reviews of these books up in the blog queue! Here they are: