–Paper to make your patterns with. I used to use old newspapers because I am all about saving money, but It is hard to see your marks and hard to read what you write on it. So I would recommend buying some medical paper or Kraft Paper since it is so much easier to work with and read after marking up!
–Tracing Wheel to transfer your first draft to final paper.
–Sewing Gauge to easily add seam allowances.
Lay your garment on top of your paper. ***After I finished the pictures for this, I drafted myself a different pattern and realized that it’s much easier to lay the garment in half since we will be cutting it on the fold. Less tracing, more accurate. So please ignore that my whole shirt is laying on the paper, and when you go to make yours, fold your garment in half and then follow the rest of the steps!***
Pin through both the garment edge and the pattern paper. I do quite a few pins, it ends up being more accurate when you trace it, the more you pin. With your garment folded in half, pin a few anchor points to start then pin the whole front.
Take your front bottom and neck pins out and pin the back hem (if different like mine) and the back collar. If you are just making a standard tank, probably the only difference between back and front will be the neck. I did not pin the sleeves because for this Stitch Series we will be making a tank!
Add seam allowances! Don’t forget these little guys or your finished product will be to small! You can choose however big of an allowance you want to give. I used 3/8″ on the sides and 1/2″ for the hem. I wouldn’t go less than 1/4″ SA. Whatever you decide, remember to sew with that! For all these tutorials I am going to be using a 3/8″ SA so all measurement will be based off of that. If you want to change your SA, make sure to be consistent everywhere! There should be little lines on your sewing machine that you can use as a guide. If not you can always measure and add them yourself! Don’t forget to add seam allowances for both the front and back hems. Don’t put seam allowances in for the arm or neck. We will be finishing that with an added neck and arm band. If you add seam allowances plus the neck band, the openings may be to small. You also will not want to add seam allowances to the middle of the shirt. Since we are cutting that on the fold, no SA is required.
Place your master pattern over top another piece of pattern paper. Using your tracing wheel, trace the front on the seam allowance lines. Move your master pattern piece over to a new section of pattern paper and then trace the back.
Trace the dots your tracing wheel just created. Label your pattern piece with all the info you need. I always include:
-The name of the pattern
-Seam allowances and hem allowances
-Any directions (like cut on the fold)
-How many pieces to cut.
Cut out your newly made pattern piece! It’s ready to go!