Where vintage sewing is for everyone.
Where vintage sewing is for everyone.
The Haslam System is a very simple to use sewing pattern drafting method that doesn't require any previous drafting experience (though strong reading comprehension and the ability to follow written instructions are a must). It is composed of a special chart tool, a basic foundation instruction book, and seasonal supplemental books which include new styles.
The chart design is very clever and includes a perfect right angle at one end to act as a tailor's square, curved edges at the other end to take the place of french curve and waist curve tools, and small punched holes to help you quickly draft by bust size. It also includes several printed notations that act as landmarks to help you use the foundation instructions.
The Chart and foundation are sold as a set here.
The foundation book includes all of the instructions and diagrams you need to draft a Foundation or sloper pattern. This is a basic pattern drafted to your measurements consisting of a dress front, dress back, and sleeve. Once the foundation has been drafted to your measurements, you test this pattern in tissue or muslin and adjust the fit as desired.
This pattern then becomes your master foundation pattern which you copy and alter to make any number of different patterns.
(Note that the foundation shapes changed a little bit over each decade so it's important to use the correct foundation instructions for the decade you are drafting for).
The supplemental books contain around 2 dozen different pattern designs and diagrams that show you how to alter your foundation pattern into the illustrated fashions. At the time of publication, these supplemental books featured all of the current fashions created by the best fashion houses in Paris and the U.K. Miss Haslam traveled extensively to both research current fashion trends, and to teach her system. Many of her supplemental fashion designs are near-exact copies of garments created by Vionnet, Lanvin, Chanel, Worth, Hartnel, and more.
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(AT THIS TIME, THE FOUNDATION DRAFT WAS INCLUDED IN EACH BOOK.)
1924 - No. 1 Book of Draftings
1925 - No. 2 Book of Draftings
Circa 1926 - No. 3A Book of Draftings
1926 - No. 3 Book of Draftings
1927 - No. 4 Book of Draftings
1928 - No. 5 Book of Draftings
1929 - No. 6 Book of Draftings
1930 - No. 7 Book of Draftings
1931 - No. 8 Book of Draftings
1932 - No. 9 Book of Draftings
1933 - No. 10 Book of Draftings
1934 - No. 11 Book of Draftings
1935 - No. 12 Book of Draftings
1935- No. 5 Spring Supplement Book of Draftings
1936 - No. 13 Book of Draftings
1937 - No. 14 Book of Draftings
Circa 1937 No. 1 Children's Wear Illustrated Book of Draftings
Circa 1937-1938 - No. 1 Book of Fuller Figure Draftings
1938 - No. 15 Book of Draftings
1939 - No. 16 Book of Draftings
Circa 1939 No. 2 Children's Wear Illustrated Book of Draftings
1940 - No. 17 Book of Draftings
1941 - No. 18 Book of Draftings
Circa 1941 No. 3 Children's Wear Illustrated Book of Draftings
1942 - No. 19 Book of Draftings
1943 - No. 20 Book of Draftings
1944 - No. 21 Book of Draftings
1945 - No. 22 Book of Draftings
Circa 1945 No. 5 Children's Wear Illustrated Book of Draftings
1946 - No. 23 Book of Draftings
1947 - No. 17 Spring/ Summer Book of Draftings
Circa 1947 No. 6 Children's Wear Illustrated Book of Draftings
Circa 1949 No. 7 Children's Wear Illustrated Book of Draftings
Circa 1951 No. 8 Children's Wear Illustrated Book of Draftings
Circa 1953 No. 9 Children's Wear Illustrated Book of Draftings
Circa 1955 Book of Draftings for Teen and Junior Miss
Circa 1955 No. 10 Children's Wear Illustrated Book of Draftings
Circa 1956 - No. 3 Book of Fuller Figure Draftings
1958 - No. 4 Book of Draftings for Fuller Figures
1965 - No. 1 Book of Specialties
1966 - No. 2 Book of Specialties