A Master Pattern is developed from a Basic Pattern for a frequently used style. For example, many skirt
designs start with a skirt pattern that has 12 inches of flare pivoted into front as well as back. It would be
very convenient to have such a pivoted skirt pattern already at hand.
In one sense, a designer can consider all the Basic Patterns as Master Patterns, so they should be kept
nearby as well.
If a designer is working in industry, the employer may specialize in women’s clothing featuring the
Princess Line, so that pattern could be hanging available to speed up the design process.
Some Master Patterns have been developed in various sections of this book so they will be listed below.
All Master Patterns can be used as the basis for more advanced designs. They have no seam allowances
and no added style details. Each Master Pattern has a front and a back pattern except for sleeve patterns
and patterns for details such as collars and pockets.
Each designer’s needs will vary but they may include:
• Grading Slopers
• Master Pattern for a Suit, widened 12 inches
• Two-Piece Suit Sleeve widened to fit the Master Pattern for a Suit
• Master Pattern for a Coat, widened 22 inches
• One-Piece Coat Sleeve, widened to fit the Master Pattern for a Coat
• Master Pattern for Stable Knit Fabrics
• Master Pattern for Stretchy Knit Fabrics
• A 12 inch pivoted skirt
• Princess-line bodice
• Princess-line sheath
• The Basic Dartless Sheath shortened to shirt length with an easy tab front
• Long shirt sleeve with a placket and cuff
• Eased pants pattern
• Pleated pants pattern
• Frequently used collars such as a convertible collar and a mandarin collar