You’ve searched the pattern books, found a perfect pattern for your material, now you are off home to create it up. What’s the first thing you should do? You should have selected a model for your size. When you open the envelope, everything is folded neatly.
- Take the instruction sheet, which ultimately shows you how to layout the pattern on your fabric. You will have plans for the various widths of material and for with or without a nap. With some fabrics, you can cut out your pattern pieces on the contrary direction and others you will need to lay the pattern pieces all going the same manner, or the fabric will show a different shade. Velvets and corduroys are a fantastic example of this.
- Cut around the edge of the seam allowances with paper scissors, not the scissors you can be cutting the fabric with.
- Check the pattern pieces against you. You can pin the many parts together and check it out to see if there ought to be any adjustments before you begin cutting the fabric.
- Together with your fabric right side out, place and pin the pattern pieces in line with the layout for your fabric width and cut your fabric pattern pieces out.
- You will notice triangles (referred to as notches), circles, arrows, broken lines, unbroken lines. On some patterns, additionally, you will see on the seam stitching lines arrows. These markings are in line with the pattern maker and indicate the direction to stitch that one seam.
- When you have cut out all of the pieces, get your tracing carbon. Fold the tracing carbon so that when you stick it between the fabric and trace. You will have the pattern marked on the inside of your structure.
- If possible, get a plastic tracing wheel as it will not cut into your pattern tissue. A few of the metal tracing wheels will cut the pattern and make it hard to re-use that pattern again later.
- Transfer all pattern markings to the inside of your fabric and use a rule to guide along the long seam lines.
- You are now ready to start sewing your garment. Everything you had on your pattern is now within your fabric.
- Once more, check the pieces against you to be sure the fit is right. Always check! Measure twice – cut once!
- Pin, tack, baste where necessary and press as you go. It’s also advisable to fit as you go and follow the instructions, taking it to step-by-step.
- As an over-all guide, when choosing what amount of fabric to purchase, you will need twice your length in addition to the amount of the sleeve (that’s should you be making something with a sleeve). For skirts or pants, you will require twice your length.
- When looking for fabrics, whatever feels stiff, could have plenty of “sizing.” This ensures that when the garment is laundered, it might go very limp and lose its shape.
- An excellent test for crushing is to scrunch the fabric in your hand if the creases fall out. If indeed they stay, then this will always crush regardless of how carefully your press it.
- Purchase your notions when you get your fabric, thread, zipper, bias binding, interfacing, lining, check the pattern envelope for what you will have to complete your garment.