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Thanks to your pattern I finally got myself a pair of nicely fitting trousers. This was the point I was aiming at when I started sewing in the first place, and your pattern was the last bit of help I needed to achieve that.! So I thank your from the bottom of my heart.

Bart from Bruges

I can't encourage you enough, Joost; you are brilliant and I am proud to tell people about the clothes I have made with your help! Keep building up the site, it is a great resource for men who sew. :)

Andrew from London

I am am so exited that I stumbled upon your site...I actually found your videos on YouTube first (and think they are great...lots of explanation and visuals for us newbies!!!) I am 6'6'' and I am tired of not finding clothes that fit me. I love to sew and look forward to making my own clothing...with your step-by-step assistance, of course!!!

Todd from Colorado

Hi, Here are the mens' classic trouser in a wool suiting material. They are a lovely fit thanks to your pattern magic and would have been impossible for me to make without your construction video! Thanks Joost!!

Heather from London

Thank you sir for your youtube videos and for this website, it gives me the confidence to make my own clothes, i appreciate the effort in doing all of this possible, thank you and have a nice day.

Javier from Mexico

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Submitted by keythsokol on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:34

I want to tell you how wonderful your project is. I learned to sew as a child, and I have been making clothing since. I have used commercial patterns, and I have made simple things with my own patterns, but only last year did I start learning how to draft patterns the traditional way with mathematics.. It is somewhat complicated to do, however (at least for me) by learning from a book. There are companies such as Burda which have classes online, and I may avail myself of those at some point. What I like about your project is that you show us very casually and slowly so there is no need to constantly pause, and that your instructions take the complicated math our of the equation (no pun intended). The book I have is based on classic tailoring techniques and the math is CRAZY. In addition, without someone as a mentor some of the steps do not make a bit if sense to me, and I have sewn my whole life. How to get from a body measurement, to a flat piece of paper, and back to a three-dimensional structure is something that you greatly help with. I have read other reviews for you, and I speak on everyone's behalf when I say, "Thank you!" And the ability to put in my measurements and print out the patterns when I am not in the mood to draft my own, and all for the common good without having to spend a fortune? You are the bomb-diggity, man! I will donate shortly, but right now, I'm returning to my coffee, and then off to work! Take care.

Submitted by joost on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:38

Thank you so much, you're very kind and this means a lot to me :)

Submitted by Caribchick on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 19:16

I think the concept of the website is brilliant. However, after signing up and putting in measurements, I'm unable to find the option to generate a pattern. Did I miss something.

Submitted by joost on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 09:12

Hello,
I'm sorry to hear things are as intuitive as one would hope.

Here's to get to making pattern:

  • In the main menu at the top, click patterns
  • You will see the overview of patterns on the site, click on the one you want
  • On the pattern page, you'll have a button at the top and the bottom of the page that says Make this pattern, click that button
  • You are now at the page that lets you generate the pattern. Pick your model, choose your options. Use the Continue button to get to the next steps
  • At the last step, click the Make my pattern button. You pattern will be generated and you'll be taken to a page where you can download it in different formats

I hope this will get you started, if not let me know.

Submitted by rocketman100 on Wed, 04/29/2015 - 21:39

Joost,
Thank you for taking your time to make this site as well as the youtube videos. It, too, am tall and slender (I have no butt) and am tired of always having trousers that either are too tight or need a belt so they don't fall off! Specifically, I am looking to make a pair of cargo pants. I purchased a pattern from a store, but once I saw your videos I thought it would be good to have a system that specifically prints out a person's exact size. Excellent idea, by the way! What type of work does it take to add patterns to the list of patterns you have available? Do you plan on offering more pattern choices in the future? I only ask because I really am trying to make the cargo pants and if I can be of service and provide a copy of the pattern I have for others to use, I would be happy to that. Otherwise what I might do is use one of your patterns and just custom make some cargo pockets for the sides. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions on this? Do you feel your pattern would be adaptable for this type of thing? Thank you again for what you have done and are providing.

Jeff
Highland, Indiana, USA

Submitted by joost on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:21

Hello Jeff,

Thanks for your nice comments. Regarding your cargo pants, you could use the trouser pattern here as a basis, but it would require some alterations.
You'd be better of (IMHO) with a jeans pattern, but that is not on the site yet, although I do hope to add it in the future.
Once you have a jeans pattern, you can just add the pockets. That part is rather easy.

To go from the trouser pattern here to a jeans pattern, there's a bunch of changes, most importantly replacing the back dart with a yoke, and changing the pockets and waistband.
If you have no experience, that might be a bit daunting.
In that case, you might want to try a store bought pattern, and alter it based on a comparison with your pattern here. Or, you can wait until I find time to add jeans, and maybe cargo pants, patterns :)

joost

Submitted by melpants on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 16:16

All is very good, but the range of trousers styles are extremely limited, bare bone I would say. you need more modern looking variety from which to choose.. As a result I was not able to complete my pattern that I was so desperately wanted to do.

Submitted by joost on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 16:19

Thank you for your feedback. I have plans for a jeans pattern, so maybe that will be more to your liking.

Submitted by laurizle on Sat, 12/26/2015 - 09:13

so when you add a new model's measurements it doesn't say which unit of measurement to input (inches or centimeters)? it should say which ones to use. i tried using inches and then when i click save and checked the measurements it had changed them to a number that wasn't true for inches OR centimeter conversion.

Submitted by joost on Sat, 12/26/2015 - 10:57

Measurements should be added in cm, but it seems I forgot to mention that. Or rather, I forgot to add it again after the changes I made (see here: https://makemypattern.com/blog/imperial-units-not-worth-it )

So please use cm. 1 inch = 2.54 cm

Submitted by tonyjduhon on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 00:52

First of all, I love your site!! I have enjoyed very much following your patterns and instructions; however, I have found one significant and mildly annoying glitch. I'm working with the men's trousers. In step 16 the configuration of the fly peace and fly shield do not match the configuration in step 19. Luckily, it is probably the two most easy pieces to cut. I might suggest in your instructions that you describe it as laying the lining good side up with the point curve pointing down to the left then match the flat piece to that. Overall, an excellent site, an amazing idea, and extremely well presented. I applaud you!!!

Submitted by joost on Wed, 01/06/2016 - 10:32

Dear Tony,
Thanks for your kind words and feedback.

I am not sure I get the glitch you are referring to. I had a look at the documentation, and unless I'm mistaking (that wouldn't be the first time) the way the fly shield is assembled in step 16 matches how it is shown in step 19.

Could you do me a favour and clarify your concern? At this point I'm not sure there's something wrong. They may be, but even if there isn't, there shouldn't be any confusion.

Thanks in advance,
joost

Submitted by Parker Gabriel on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 08:26

With this particular net-site, the menswear choices are rather limited, much to the cost of those men with accounts here.

Will it be possible, in the near future, for coats and/or jackets of various types, vests of various designs, and/or other shirts and/or neckties to be offered? For many men do like to dress well, this individual among them.

Submitted by nidhubhs on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 08:39

Hey are you taking requests? Can you also add patterns for socks, ball gowns and shoes? This free website is also 'to the cost' of us women.

Submitted by joost on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 14:09

There's a saying in design that goes: Fast - Good - Cheap : Pick two.
I try to make good patterns, and I give them away for free. I guess I have sacrificed Fast in the process.

That being said, I do intend to add more patterns to the site, but I typically add a few per year, rather than a few a month.
All of the things you mention are on my todo list. In addition to that, I'd like to point out that there is already a necktie pattern, and the option packs in the SingularShirt pattern allow you to turn it into a wide range of different shirt options.

Meanwhile, keep dressing well.

Submitted by ahikernamedgq on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 01:43

Thanks for your site! It's inspiring. And, it's a generous gift.

I never would have thought of sewing clothes if I didn't watch your videos or find your site.

Thanks so much!

Jesse
Chicago, USA

PS - if you're ever in Chicago, hit me up! Drinks on me!

Submitted by joost on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 05:47

Thanks Jesse. If I ever make it to Chicago, I might just take you up on your offer ;-)

Submitted by techteach03 on Sun, 03/13/2016 - 17:16

I have been sewing since i was a child - i make quilts and some dressmaking - since its generally easier to buy cheap clothing at Target and Old Navy - i seldom make clothing for adults anymore - but my sweet young husband came to me complaining that his boxer briefs were all worn out and now chafing - he needed new ones. Anything thats sized larger will be more pricey of course but seriously $20 for one pair of cotton boxer briefs? surely i could make a pair? surely i was at least that skilled? No - i was not...until i stumbled onto your site Joost. and now i am that skilled - and he is very happy - and i have spent about $3.50 /pair - (im recycling the elastic off of his old pairs) So i came back to give you a donation because you deserve it - very innovative pattern! (and a lovely website too!) - Julia from Long Island, USA

Submitted by joost on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 09:19

Oh Julia, you're making me blush :) Thank you for such kind words. I'm happy to hear the boxers went so well!

Submitted by Jim Mayhew on Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:17

Just when I was getting really fed up the the deplorable lack of choices in men's cloths, and the fact that nothing ever really fits me anyway even if I did like it, I stumbled on your wonderful youtube videos, Joost! You are such a fine instructor and such a pleasure to watch- I can't tell you how much it means to me to have a whole new world of possibilities open up for me! I am going to make the velvet pants lined with cashmere I have always dreamed of (it gets very cold here in Iowa in the winter). Some guys may laugh or make fun of me, but that's their problem and loss. I will be in bliss, and I bet some people will come up to me and ask me to make them cloths- it will be a conversation starter.
Thank you so much for taking the incredible amount of countless hours it must have taken to put all this together, Joost!! I, and I am sure everyone, are so grateful!! May you be blessed always, and may all your dreams and desires come true beyond your grandest wishes!!
Jim from USA

PS If you are ever in Iowa (right in the center of the USA) , you have an open invitation to come stay with me. I'll feed you too, as I like cooking for inspiring friends.

Submitted by joost on Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:09

Thank you Jim, for your kind words. I really appreciate it!
joost

Submitted by LiveLifeSew on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 15:37

I bet if you did make velvet pants lined with cashmere, the sensible men in Iowa would be very jealous and you would soon have a new business venture. I think it is a wonderful idea! Beats jeans lined with flannel.

Amy

Submitted by makemycopy on Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:40

This page forever changed my life. Making and re-making pants I learned a lot. At the end I created my own technology for some elements because of the perfect explanations that can be found on makemypattern.com. Seriously, nowadays can you find an equal educational project with a powerful pattern generating base? Nope. Thank you, Joost!

Submitted by joost on Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:44

Aww. thank you so much for that :)

Submitted by Roseah on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 18:11

I was going to wait until I'd successfully (or not) made a waistcoat for my boyfriend before saying anything, but I just went and read through the instructions on your blog for how to make a dress form, and your writing style and little asides had me laughing so much (and I'm English, with a very peculiar sense of humour) - I thought I'd come and say straight away how much I appreciate what you're doing here. So many pattern drafters would charge a good whack for what you're providing here, it's incredibly generous of you to do this! I applaud you, Sir! It's such a fantastic project and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it develops! If you're ever in Swizerland, look me up!

Submitted by joost on Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:16

Dear Roseah,
Thank you so much for your (very) kind message. It's a wonderful validation to read these things, and very motivating :)
I hope that waistcoat will work out for you. Please let me know if you run in to any problems.
Enjoy summer in Switzerland, I remember from my childhood how beautiful the place is

Love,
Joost

Submitted by Nerdfaerie on Fri, 08/05/2016 - 06:49

First, this project and site is absolutely amazing. I've wanted something like this for a long time. I only wish I'd found it sooner. I would love too see more patterns for women, but I'm thrilled to have found a waist corset pattern, so thank you for that! I'd like to see a short-sleeve option for the single shirt as well.

Submitted by joost on Fri, 08/05/2016 - 09:57

Thank you Nerdfaerie for saying all those nice things :)
I will make a mental note of your wish for a short-sleeve shirt pattern ;)

Submitted by sm84 on Fri, 08/05/2016 - 20:56

Joost

I first saw your video instructions last year and I found them incredibly inspiring.

I haven't started sewing yet - I think I'm holding out for the jeans pattern first - but I will get there one day.!

Just wanted to say - incredible site, incredible information and very generous of you to do it all as a hobby and share it with all of us - all the best.

Thanks,

Sean.

Submitted by joost on Sat, 08/06/2016 - 18:02

Hey thanks Sean, you're very kind :)

Submitted by Zak on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 00:59

Hi Joost,

First of all wanted to say what an awesome, generous thing it is that you're doing providing this tool. Thanks! I've just tried out making a slim-fitting jersey version of the Aiden vest (to check I measured myself right as much as anything!). By way of feedback, has anyone else had issues with the neckline binding? The binding lengths were perfect for the armholes, but I found I had too much length for the neckline binding (had to trim about 8cm at the end) and it still had slightly too much length in it: not lying flat, crinkly due to not enough stretching of the binding. I just thought I'd mention it in case anyone else had the same problem (otherwise it's probably just me).

Right, off to read through the long list of options for the shirt pattern!

Cheers again, Zak

Submitted by joost on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 05:55

Thanks for your feedback Zak,, for some reason I missed the notification and only saw your comment now.
I'll need to do a double check on the length calculation of the neck binding to make sure. I'll put it on my to-do list ;-)

Submitted by george1943 on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 17:06

Joost, I am getting familiar with the site for awhile and very exsited to do a real project. Very busy at work, but planning to do first pants. As soon as I see how it work I will do donation.
I think you are amazing in your kind will to help others..

Submitted by joost on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:08

Always nice to hear!

Submitted by liznolan on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:05

This idea is very good thank you very much. There is a problem with the t shirt shirt and waistcoat. You don't get the option coming up to make pattern once you select model. The Tokyo top does have options but when you ask to download a error occurs. But thank you for the patterns again.

Submitted by joost on Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:10

It's a multi-step form. Use the tabs at the top, or keep on clicking the 'continue' button to work your way throuh it.

If you have a specific error, please report it.

Submitted by george1943 on Fri, 02/17/2017 - 16:51

I made all my mesurements in inches and than converted them to cm using standard converter. Generated the pattern and sewed one leg both seems from the muslin. Unfortunately it is so obvious that it is too small. it does not rich even my waist and the back sides will never meet each other on the back. I checked the pattern before I cut the muslin with the boxes on the pattern to verify if the dimensions were transfered to the pattern right. No idea why the pattern generator made the wrong pattern.. Looking on the positive responses of other people I am looking for some kind of my mistake and cannot find it.
I hate to begin drawing pattern and still puzzled where I was wrong.

Submitted by drfolamour on Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:43

Hey, your project looks really awesome but I've just started and there is one thing that can be a big bummer: the measurement! To access patterns you have to create a model and put all the measurements. That will be fantastic to have presets for typical body size (size S M L...).
Now I want to access a pattern, I haven't seen it, I don't know if it will fit my needs, and to see it I have to takes measurements (what if the pattern isn't for me?). Should I spend half an hour doing it and then what if I'm disapointed by the pattern? I'll have waisted my time.
For me it's a bummer, but one that you can improve very easily by putting typical presets!
cheers

Submitted by joost on Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:54

Thank you for your feedback.

Your remarks that you can't see the pattern, and thus can't be certain it's for you, are valid. As it happens, I'm working on a new version of the site where you will be able to preview the pattern, and I hope to also provide more sample pictures. I hope those changes will address those issues.

But at the end of the day, this website drafts made-to-measure patterns. If you can't be bothered to take measurements, this project is not for you, and you might want to stick to patterns that come in standard sizes.

joost

Submitted by Dericsson on Sun, 08/06/2017 - 16:04

I'm extremely grateful for what you do , I just have a suggestion, I like making my own drafts for patterns, so I can tweak them as I like. can you consider posting drafts of patterns as well.
I think overall it is a good thing you doing and it helps the average person who wants to sew specific things. thanks

Submitted by joost on Sun, 08/06/2017 - 16:30

If you want to tweak the pattern, you can download the SVG and tweak it to your heart's desire :)

Submitted by Dericsson on Sun, 08/06/2017 - 16:39

It is when you old school like I am and never use technology to draft... I do everything manually. when I did my studies home computers were still using dos... lol I'm giving away my age here. when I do send patterns in the conversion will be up to you...

Submitted by joost on Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:33

I understand. In that case, I still have some good news for you. A month from now I will launch my new site, which will have the option to generate a so-called 'paperless' pattern. This comes with all dimensions marked on the pattern so that you don't have to print it, but you get all the information requires to transfer it to fabric or paper.

This way, you'll be able to use that as a starting point for your adjustments.

joost

Submitted by Makintracks on Mon, 08/07/2017 - 09:49

Dear Joost,

Thank you so much for the patterns. I had a go at making the waistcoat as I absolutely love waistcoats. Made some mistakes but ended up with a lovely one at the end even though I am a total beginner. I am going to have a go at a shirt next. If you have time, it would be wonderful to have a pattern for mens briefs. My hubby does not wear boxer briefs and I have searched high and low to find some instructions on how to make these. I am sure the technique could then be used to make ladies undies too once I know what I am doing. Please keep adding to this site, it is a great resource and I am sure you could go a long way in developing what you have here further and turning it into a platform that pays you to keep doing more. You could continue to offer some free "taster" patterns and maybe add others on a pay by pattern basis or even consider offering memberships to your site allowing users access to all patterns while they are members. There is a craft website called creativebug where you pay a monthly membership fee and for each month you are a member you can have one of the projects for keeps. Just an idea.

Sue, England

Submitted by joost on Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:35

Thank you for your kind words Sue, I'm glad you get value from that site.
I've got a todo list as long as my arm (and I have long arms) so I'm not going to make any promises regarding briefs. What I can advice you is to keep pestering me about it :)

I appreciate your suggestions to monetize that site. I get that a lot. But it's not on my roadmap for the moment.

joost

Submitted by Makintracks on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 22:03

Hello again Joost. Absolutely no problem if you are on a different track with the site etc. I think I am just like most people who have commented here insofar as we would love to see you keep developing this at it is unlike any other site and simply a great idea executed very well from the one pattern I have tried so far. The muppet that wanted you to put generic sizes on just did not "get" the whole idea behind custom patterns. Good on you for not yielding to such nonsense. Keep up the good work and thanks again for sharing so generously.

Sue, England

Submitted by joost on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 22:44

Thanks Sue, your muppet comment gave me a good chuckle :)