Printer Friendly Version of the Basic Conic Draft

Screenshot: Basic Conic Block Download

I realize that instructions are far more helpful when you can print them out and put them on the worktable while you’re using them.  I also realize that pages upon pages of full color photos do not a happy printer make.  I’ve made a not-so-chatty (yes, I actually can edit) PDF version of the Basic Conical Draft directions, redone with black&white line art.

Screenshot: Basic Conic Block Download
Screenshot of the Basic Conic Block Download

This is intended more as an abridged cheater version of the Conical Draft directions, and is probably much more useful if you’ve read the full version.

You can download this file for free, but I would really appreciate it if you made a donation.


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  1. Hi,

    I’m trying to donate and download but I am being directed to my paypal account with no payment instructions to you and I’m not sure what I should do.


  2. Hi, Nicole,
    Thank you for donating! It really helps. :) It looks like you got it sorted. I just tested my donation button again, and it’s sending all the appropriate information on to PayPal. Maybe PayPal hiccuped?
    Again, thank you!

  3. Ok, you’ve totally got me there…. But I fixed it, and there’s a view/download link above the PayPal stuff, right where it should have been all along!

  4. Hi I was wondering if you’re able to make a pattern? I’m a beginner sewer without the money for a sewing machine and I want to make a simple tie on bustle but am finding must search results on Google very overwhelming. If you could help me out that would be amazing.

    1. Hi, Mandy – I make a lot of patterns. ;) I’m not sure what you mean by “tie on bustle”. If it’s something that I can do a demo on (around teaching, grad school, and being main power-tool-wielder-still-wondering-why-we’re-doing-a-kitchen-reno-please), I’d love to help. What is it that you’re shooting for?

      1. The tie on bustles are a bad rip off of the true Victorian ones (but much more suited to hot weather). I’d like to do something like this as a tie on bustle:
        But I’d also like to do something like this for an over skirt:
        Could I email you to talk more about this? I haven’t found an email address on this site.

        1. Mandy, I’ll email you in just a second, but I don’t think you even need a pattern for what you’re looking at. Both of them appear to be a series of ruffles. I assume they’re mounted on a band. The front swag on the second example doesn’t even appear to be on the bias anywhere. All of it appears to be gathered or pleated rectangles. Easy-peasy!