Paper patterns

When making clothes or costumes or even pieces of armor it helps to have a pattern piece. I usually make my own patterns. One of my greatest aids is a roll of brown paper.

here is a piece for leather armor

here is a piece for leather armor

I sketch it out on brown paper, then trace it on to the fabric or metal or leather.

See the fold line down the middle?

See the fold line down the middle?

If you are making a piece that is symmetrical it will come out a lot better if you fold it down the middle and cut out both sides at once. This will ensure that  both halves look the same.

fold

fold

Fold the paper in half, cut the paper out.

crease

crease

Mark which side of the paper faces out or up.

ice pick

ice pick

When the piece is placed on the leather, I use an ice pick to poke holes through the pattern piece where the rivets will be.

symmetrical holes

symmetrical holes

Even the rivet holes will line up if you fold the paper in half, then make the holes instead of marking each side by themselves.

lines

lines

The lines on the paper pattern piece show where the rivets will go. This may seem a bit OCD but the final result will look a lot better. Same thing, mark one side really perfectly, then fold the paper in half, to mark the other half exactly the same.

fold and mark

fold and mark

rivets

rivets

The first piece of leather mounted with perfectly spaced rivets. A paper pattern piece is a great way to experiment, make mistakes, and finalize a design before actually cutting expensive fabric, metal or leather.

Use some paper, make your own pattern pieces.

Go ahead, make a mess, make a pattern, have some fun

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One response to “Paper patterns

  1. Alicia DR Hankins

    That brown paper, it’s the paper in the shipping/mailing supplies?

    Like

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