HOW TO USE A PAT­TERN

Simply Sewing - - THE GUIDE -

Pre­par­ing your fab­ric and cut­ting out your sewing pat­tern ac­cu­rately is just as im­por­tant as the ac­tual sewing. Wash your fab­ric be­fore you be­gin as fab­ric can shrink and run. Once dry, press it well.

PRE­PAR­ING THE PAT­TERN

Pat­terns of­ten come with sev­eral op­tions of dif­fer­ent fin­ishes so you may have more pieces than you need. The in­struc­tion sheet will tell you which pieces to use. Roughly cut out all of the pieces out­side the lines then press the pieces us­ing a dry iron on a low heat to re­move the folds and creases.

CUT­TING OUT THE PAT­TERN

Choose your size us­ing your mea­sure­ments and the size chart. Cut along the cor­re­spond­ing lines on your pat­tern. When you reach any fid­dly curves, take care to cut along the cor­rect size lines.

CUT­TING LAY­OUTS

Choose the cor­rect one for the width of fab­ric you’re us­ing, the size you’re cut­ting and the style of gar­ment. Many pat­terns have more than one op­tion (or view) and each one can have a dif­fer­ent lay­out.

CUT­TING OUT

Lay your fab­ric flat and smooth it out. Fold or place the fab­ric as shown on the cut­ting lay­out. Lay the pat­tern pieces in the order and right side or wrong side up as shown. Check to make sure that the grain­lines on the pat­tern are par­al­lel with the selvedges by mea­sur­ing. Pin your pat­tern pieces care­fully in place and cut around them through the fab­ric us­ing a pair of dress­maker’s shears.

TRANS­FER­RING MARK­INGS

The mark­ings on the pat­tern pieces need to be trans­ferred to the fab­ric. They’re re­ally im­por­tant for match­ing up fab­ric pieces later and for po­si­tion­ing el­e­ments such as darts and pock­ets. You can mark these with chalk, fab­ric mark­ers, snips on the fab­ric, or with small tack­ing stitches.

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