- draw the baseline and vertical axis with the L square.
- Then you use the scale ruler, and working from the copy of the pattern piece in Frances' book, measure where each of the horizontal grid lines meets the vertical axis.
- Then you use the scale again and draw out each horizontal grid line to the length marked on the book's copy of the pattern piece.
- Then you connect each end of each horizontal line like you would dots, following the outline of the pattern piece in the book. You use a French curve to help you with curved sections.
Above: drafting a curved section of the pattern. Not having my own French curve, I copied one on paper and cut it out.
The pattern pieces have a certain amount of ease built in, but not much. Some hems are built in and some aren't, and some seam allowances are marked, and some aren't. Frances Grimbles' directions tell you to add extra for seam allowances and ease, and so I did...ended up having plenty and to spare, and was able after fitting the cut pieces, to re-mark the pattern pieces with adjustments so next time I have a good fit for me right off the bat.
Left: The pattern pieces drafted.