Making a Violin


Making is the act of creating something from scratch. A director’s book about the making of a movie is a classic example of a making of book. Similarly, a person who writes a book about the making of a violin will write a book on making a violin. Both of these activities require great skill and knowledge. And yet, the act of making is an important part of the process of becoming a violin maker.

Pattern making involves converting the flat pattern to a 3D shape by using muslin fabric. This method helps create a comfortable fit and complements the elements mentioned above. A flat pattern is a great foundation for an initial design and can be altered as fashion trends change. Traditionally, patterns are drawn on paper and marked to account for ease allowances. When creating a pattern, a designer will use the flat pattern to guide the construction of the pattern.

The edges of pattern pieces will have Grain lines that will align with the wale and warp of the fabric. The direction of the Grain Line will depend on how the pattern is aligned. Often, the designer will determine which direction the Grain Line should run. The pattern may also contain notches or drill holes that indicate where components of the garment should match. The final step in the process is to cut and sew the pieces together.