If the pattern has more than one style option there will be either illustrations or pictures of the different views. A lot of the time the view’s will be labeled either A, B, C, etc. The directions and pattern pieces will specify if you need to cut a specific piece or follow a certian direction using the view name. Some views will be sewn/cut in a different way, so make sure you follow the directions and cut only the pieces of the view you chose!
This will tell you how much fabric to buy depending on what size you are!
The fabric you use is huge in the outcome of your garment. Patterns will include the best types of fabric to use for this certain design.
This will give you a list of anything you will need to purchase besides fabric. Things like zippers, buttons, bias tape, etc.
These three will most likely be on the back of a paper pattern envelope.
This will give you the measurements you need to decide what size to make. Make sure you measure yourself. Don’t just pick what size you wear in ready to wear clothing, it will vary.
Finished Garment Measurements:
Some patterns will also give you the size of the finished garments, others will give you only one measurement table. Whatever is given, again make sure your measurements fit within the size you choose!
For some patterns there are only a few different sizes included. Make sure you pay attention to that. Most PDF patterns include all the sizes, but printed patterns may not.
Cutting Instructions and Cutting Layout:
This section will show you what pieces you should have cut. This will be located on one of the pieces of paper included in a pattern.The cutting layout gives you an idea on how to cut the pieces to get the most of your fabric, or to make sure all the pieces fit. I like some cutting layouts better than other, but I tend to just cut my pieces where I want to cut them. If you just cut without looking at the guide, make sure you test to see if all your pieces fit before actually starting to cut. You don’t want to run out of fabric because you positioned them poorly!
Some patterns even include more than the basics. Tips and tricks may be included, ways to alter the pattern, sewing terms, etc. All great and helpful bonuses if you are new to sewing!
It is always helpful to read the entire pattern before beginning. There may be tid bits of information that are helpful in buying fabric, cutting, etc. It is impossible to get every little detail exactly when you need to read it, so just know some tips may be in a section you totally skipped. I hope this helps you get more comfortable with the basics of using patterns!
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