Finally, the time has come and you decided to buy a sewing pattern. When you open it you’ll see inside a bunch of confusing arrows, symbols and lines. Calm down! I’ll help you figure everything out.
If I need a pattern, I usually buy it with a magazine, in an envelope or buy a PDF sewing pattern online; you can also create it yourself, but I’ll tell you all about it some other time.
If you’re a beginner, it’s best for you to buy a sewing pattern with comprehensive instructions.
I have a PDF pattern with instructions of this item of clothing.
On the first pages you can read about what kind of garment it is, look at its photo and drawing, complexity level, so that you’ll know what you’re dealing with.
Next you’ll see a body measurement chart that is used to determine the needed size. Look through the chart, find your body measurements, look to which size it corresponds and choose the one that is best for you.
The instructions also contain a page on how to print the pattern. There is a test page for a test print, so that you won’t make a mistake when printing the pattern. Print that page and see if the test square measures exactly 1 inch on all sides. If everything’s right, you’re free to print out the pattern; if not, you should adjust the printer settings.
There also is a scheme that tells you how to put and glue together the pattern. We have already printed it out, now this scheme will help us to assemble the pattern. Find which pattern page corresponds to number 1, place it on a flat surface and repeat with the rest of the pattern pages.
The pattern pieces are either indicated by numbers or, as in this case, the sides to which the adjacent pages should be glued are marked. The big black arrow indicates the direction of the warp thread. Pay attention to it when placing the pattern on the fabric.
The instructions of the sewing pattern usually have notion and fabric requirements. You can also read there about how to lay out the pattern so that it would be correct and you wouldn’t waste fabric.
Here is an example of those instructions.
These instructions are very detailed and tell you about every step that needs to be taken when sewing a product. This is very helpful for a beginner. Just follow each step.
You’ll see different types of lines on the pattern itself. Each type indicates a certain size. Choose the line that you need and trace it, or transfer the pattern onto carbon paper.
The sewing pattern also has a pattern symbol key. This is of course not all of the symbols, every pattern has its own symbols. Pay attention to their meanings.
There is also a glossary with terms that are in the instructions, but might not be familiar to you.
After reading the pattern, cut the desired size, or transfer it to another paper and then cut it out. Lay out the ready pattern on the fabric and cut the fabric.
All of this will help you deal with those weird lines, symbols and more …
I am sure you’ll make lots of new and interesting creations.