If you’re new to sewing, you may have become overwhelmed with the stitching process. From threading a needle, operating a sewing machine, taking the correct measurements to finding the right sewing pattern, there are many steps to follow to put together a well-fitted dress. Here are some tips straight from the experts at The Golden Rule to help you pick the correct sewing pattern:
1. Choose the Right Type Of Fabric
The first thing to do is to consider the type of fabric you want to work with. Do you want something loose and cozy, or are you looking for a more structured outfit? Is stretchable material something you want to work with, or is stiff fabric your preferred choice? Consider all these options when looking at patterns, and choose one designed for your preferred fabric type.
2. Measure Yourself Correctly
This is another important thing to remember when looking at pattern options. You need to know the proper body measurements, not just your fast-fashion clothing size. Sewing patterns aren’t the same as the sizes available in brands, so even an inch can make a difference. You’ll be sewing a customized garment, which is why it’s important to ensure that it’s the perfect fit and is designed for your specific body type and measurements. If you’re having difficulty measuring yourself, stand in front of the mirror for better results, or ask someone else to do it for you. Measure your shoulders, bust, waist, hips, tights, arms, arm length depending on the garment.
3.Understand The Size Guide of the Pattern
Once you have your measurements, you need to ensure that the pattern accommodates these measurements. The pattern size should be slightly bigger than your measurements as you will need to leave seam allowances. If your chosen pattern doesn’t do this, check for a different size.
Another thing to keep in mind is that some sewing patterns even allow you to customize the size, like darts, to fit your waist. You can use these options to get a more flattering look.
Always remember to read all the steps of the pattern before you begin your project. You’ll come across various symbols and precise instructions to avoid any mistakes along the way.
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