Drafting a Pattern: An Alternative Method

Over Spring Break, I attempted to draft the Capricious Reaper’s skirt. Since the skirt looks like it’s supposed to be created from crystal facets and my only references were on my tiny PSP screen, paper didn’t work so well for being able to create the whole picture. I did this instead:

First, I laid out one of my measuring tapes and yarn in a grid (the yarn gets pinned straight into the carpet), and then outlined the borders of the skirt. Then I stared at my tiny little PSP  screen for about three hours and pinned everything out. It mirrors, so now that the whole skirt is laid out, I think the next step will be to transfer the individual facets to pattern paper, and keep this around for reference while making the skirt.

Ever have to do anything out of the ordinary to get a pattern drafted?

Much love,



About greyrondo

My name is greyrondo. I've been a cosplayer since Fall 2006, and I've noticed that the best conversations I have with cosplayers usually involve the question, 'so how DID you do that?' So after studying costuming and making a closet's worth of costumes, that's what I'd like to help answer. Drop in and stay awhile whether you're a cosplayer or just a curious spectator; one of my musings is bound to be what you're looking for. If you have a question or something to say, leave a comment or contact me! I don't bite, I promise. View all posts by greyrondo

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