Bathing: The Long Lost Ritual

"Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic." - Derek Walcott
We all have our quirks and our superstitions about doing something a certain way.

Sometimes these things make a world of difference in the outcome of our daily lives and sometimes they have no real value, other than just to make us feel better.

But either way these things can be described as rituals all the same.

And you could argue that rituals are really just habits.

They're habits that we feel give us a positive outcome.

Like bathing could be describing as a ritual ๐Ÿ™‚

Some of us do it at night... some of us do it in the morning... some more than once a day... and some of us don't even do it every day... or at least not a very good job of it... (Is bathing becoming a lost ritual? I digress...)

HAhaha... **clears throat** oh excuse me...

Anywho, we all have little rituals that we do that give us a little more confidence in how predictable each activity will be.

And in designing, it's no different.

Even though there are a lot of various ways to get your the patterns completed for a new garment, I always like to start with a pattern I've already created that I know fits well and fits similarly to the garment I'm trying to create.

It's just less stress and less work overall...

So if I want to make a raglan sleeve garment with cool seamlines and piping, I might start with a basic raglan sleeve pattern set, and then just edit a copy of that pattern.

Where would I get the raglan sleeve pattern?

Well I could either buy a pattern from the store or I could start with a basic block pattern set.

If I were just making a shirt for myself and I really didn't need to change the pattern, I would just use a store bought pattern and start cutting out the shirt so I could make it.


If I wanted to change up the details some (and maybe I'm making this shirt as part of my women's ready-to-wear collection for an upcoming fashion show) I would always start with my basic pattern set and then manipulate it into a raglan sleeve pattern.

Then I would keep the basic raglan sleeve pattern (for use later as a shortcut, if I wanted to make a different raglan sleeve pattern) and manipulate a copy of it.


Because with buying a pattern from the store, I don't know how well it fits and that's super important to me if I'm going to put my name on that design.

With a basic pattern set that I've made to fit a certain measurement, I'm already pretty confident in how well the pattern fits.

So I know that anything I create from that pattern set is going to have a similar fit.

It might sound crazy but it's my little ritual ๐Ÿ™‚

If you're interested in adopting a similar ritual so that you have a better chance at predicting your success when you make clothing, I teach how to make basic pattern sets in my little online course, which you can find on this page:

Basic Pattern Set Creation Course Registration

Chris White