I've always admired people in the fashion industry who are self-taught. I feel so fortunate that I was able to receive the instruction that I did from knowledgeable professors in an academic setting. When it comes to certain skills, such as pattern drafting and sewing, my feeling is that is it always much easier to learn when you have someone to guide in person, someone who can show you the right way of doing things and who can warn you against potential pitfalls.
That being said, if you are thinking that you would like to take on the challenge of learning to pattern draft on your own, I wanted to share this particular resource with you - a book called Pattern Cutting Made Easy by Gillian Holman.
What I like about this book, is that Holman lays out step by step instructions on how to draft the basic foundations you will need in order to create a skirts, a bodices, a sleeves and even a basic trouser, all using your own measurements. Several of the designs even include pockets and collars.
If you were to make all of patterns and garments in Holman's book, you would have a great start to a personalized wardrobe.
I checked Pattern Cutting Made Easy out from my local library, but if you are interested in owning a copy, I have also sourced it for sale on Amazon: Pattern Cutting Made Easy by Gillian Holman