There seem to be some confusion when it comes to these terms.......
You are constructing patterns, often basic patterns, "from scratch" - meaning that you take your personal or somebody else's body measurements and follow a set of instructions in order to create basic patterns or a style. This method has been used especially for menswear during the last 100 years or so. If you picked up a pattern cutting book on menswear, you will often see drafting methods for standard jackets, trousers, shirts....
We have a category called "Basic Pattern Constructions" where you can draft your own basic patterns/womenswear according to your body measurements.
Pattern development involves having a basic pattern (your own size or standard size) and change or develop it to something else.
To give you an example:
You have a plain, straight fitted skirt pattern (either one you drafted yourself or a commercial simple pattern) and would like to change it to a Midi skirt with a lot of drape, no waist darts, pockets and a deep waistband.
So you would have to lengthen the skirt (=pattern development), introduce the right amount of fullness, using the correct technique, into the skirt (=pattern development), get rid of the waist darts (= pattern development), add the right type of pocket (= pattern development) and design the correct type of a waistband (there is more than one type, and each requires a different approach) - again, pattern development.
If you have a commercial pattern, you will only see the "final result" of a pattern development. If you would like to change or adjust a commercial patterns, you would need to know a little bit more about pattern cutting - which is why we have created this site in the first place!
Happy Pattern Cutting!#
The Pattern Cutting Place - Ute Wilde