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Technical Apparel Design: Patternmaking, Draping, and Grading

This research guide offers resources for the technical aspects of fashion design. These include patternmaking, drafting, and draping as well as sizing and pattern grading.

Technical Design

About This Guide

DrapingWelcome to our research guide on technical fashion design, patternmaking and draping, and technical specifications.

Use this guide to find resources for technical design:

  • fabric choices/construction details
  • patternmaking and draping
  • grading and speccing out garments
  • periodicals and counter pattern books

The Fashion Design: Inspiration, Illustration, and Tools Guide has suggestions for design inspiration and tools for getting started.

The Clothing Construction, Alteration, and Tailoring Guide has more details on garment construction, sewing, and tailoring.  There's also a section on historic patterns.

If you have problems finding what you need, remember to Ask the Library!
EMc/MS 12/21

From Draping for Apparel Design, 3rd ed.

From FIT's Archive on Demand

Associate Professor Nancy Kaplan-Ostroff presents instructions for speccing out a garment.  Presented by the Fashion Merchandising Management Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Citation: “Speccing the Garment ,” Archive on Demand, accessed December 15, 2021,
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