Making Head or Tail of a Sewing Pattern

Even if a sewing pattern is labeled as being quick and easy, one look at the instructions can still leave a beginnerrotary-characters-694272_640
quaking in their boots. The problem is that the people who write sewing patterns seem to assume that everybody who uses them has a certain amount of prior sewing knowledge which of course is not always the case.

Everybody has to start somewhere and nothing can be more intimidating than being faced with the hieroglyphics, squiggles, arrows and other symbols which are undoubtedly dotted around the place.

Here are a few tips about how you can navigate and understand a sewing pattern.

1. The front – this will probably have a few style variations which just really show you the different garments which can be made from one pattern. One might have long sleeves and a collar; another might have short sleeves and a V-neck. These are just for information purposes.

2. The back – this is where you can find out more details about the actual pattern. It will usually give a written description which you must read (the graphics on the front might not be that clear), the amount of fabric you will need as well as how much fabric you will need if you choose one which has a nap. The amount of fabric needed also depends upon the size of the pattern you will make (they often cater for a multiple of sizes) and the width of your chosen fabric.

You will also need to take into account designs on your fabric, the way that any pattern repeats, whether there are uneven stripes which will need to be matched etc.

You’ll also see what other items will be needed for the finished article – things like

  • zippers
  • buttons
  • elastic
  • hooks and
  • eyes

3. The inside – this is where you really need to get to grips with what the pattern is all about. The actual pattern pieces will be printed onto large sheets of tissue paper on which you will see an assortment of lines, symbols, numbers and other confusing things. The best thing to do is to look for the key and the glossary – this is where you’ll discover what the markings on the pieces actually mean.

You’ll also find a layout which shows you how to lay out the pattern pieces onto your fabric and step by step instructions about how to go about putting the finished garment together.

The best advice for beginners is to choose a sewing pattern for a simple item of clothing which does not involve too much detail. A simple over the head shift style dress might be a good place to start – something which requires the minimum amount of fabric pieces and does not need to have zippers, elastic or even buttons.

Although quite intimidating these signs and symbols will soon start to make sense, and once you’ve practiced on simple garments using relatively inexpensive fabric you’ll soon pluck up the courage to tackle something which is a little more complicated.

Do You Really Need To Make Your Own Patterns?

No matter what kind of look you are aiming for, whether it’s trendy, casual, business-like or sophisticated, there is no question that your clothes are only as good as the patterns that created them.

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We all know it is very important that you possess clothes that suit you well in making a statement about what you are made of. However, most of todayís clothes use easy commercial patterns that do nothing but block what it takes to make you truly shine.

If you are like some people, you’ve probably tried your hand at sewing modifications, but if you’re like most other people, you are probably just wearing your clothes as they are.

But it really doesn’t have to be that way. How about learning sewing and pattern making 101 so you can mix design particulars into the precise style you are searching for? It is time for you to seize control of the closet.

Really, it is not necessary for the fashion and style industry to dictate what you should wear. The fashion industry does not know what style fits you best, so don’t go around chasing fashion trends, youíll only lose your self-respect that way. Weíd rather you make your own designs and begin your personal trends.

What people see when they see you should reflect what you are inside. Too many times, however, people settle for a look that is off the rack.

Try to be different and enroll in a dress making class, where you can learn everything related to making clothes, from the design, fabric selection and proportion. You will also learn about the basics of pattern making.

Watch below video to know more about pattern making especially the commercial ones.

But of course, you can only learn pattern making and apply what you learned for all the clothes you buy. There are many courses and tutorials on the internet that teach you how to make patterns after your own body.

Itís really not as difficult as it sounds. In fact, you can say that the process is extremely user-friendly. You make use of a fitting pattern at the local fabric store. Youíll sew a version in muslin cloth and adjust it to suit yourself perfectly, then copy the pattern to create your very own pattern block.

After that you can make use of your block to create your personal sewing designs, adding style lines, flare, collars, pockets, and other details to produce whatever new styles you want. You are able to rely on your block to custom-fit any piece of clothing to your body. If that doesnít sound exciting, we donít know what is.

It is entirely possible you will commit mistakes as you are making patterns or as your making custom modifications to your clothes. You should not worry because many women are not good with their hands.

Just keep on doing what you are doing until you get it right.

Also, if you need any help, you can always sign up with forums related to sewing and making sewing patterns. There you can learn many things from others who are more experienced than you.