2.2.1 Types of Paper Pattern
1. Standardized paper pattern: Paper patterns prepared using standardized body measurements are called standardized paper patterns. This method is followed in training and tailoring schools.
2. Individual paper pattern: The measurement of a particular person is taken and a pattern is prepared using these individual measurements. The pattern prepared for a particular person will not suit another person. These are usually done at home and some tailor shops.
3. Final paper patterns: Once the individual is satisfied with the paper patterns, they are made into final paper patterns. Though, while making individual patterns all the precautions are taken, yet, there could be some minor points, which are to be considered. These minor details are corrected and finally made into permanent patterns.
4. Block paper pattern: Normally these are made with standard sizes with thick cardboard. These are mostly used in the garment industry. The garment made out of these block patterns will fit those who have measurements equal to that of the standardized body measurement.
5. Readymade patterns: These are made using a unique type of tracing paper. These can be procured from the market and are more useful for people who can do stitching, but not drafting. These can be bought readymade and can be easily used by placing on the material and cutting and stitching accordingly. 6. Graded paper pattern: Patterns of five consecutive sizes (e.g. 30″, 32″, 34″, 35″ and 38″ chest size) are marked in one single pattern. The required size according to the individual body measurement is traced separately, cut and used.
7. Commercial paper pattern: The paper patterns for different designs are available in readymade forms. These patterns are called commercial patterns. These patterns are enclosed in an envelope along with an instruction sheet. The instruction sheet will provide information about selection of fabric, preparation of fabric, marking, cutting, and steps for sewing. The front side of the envelope contains the front view, side view and back view of the garment design along with the body measurements.