Crafters constantly work toward learning new trends, patterns and ways to improve their craft. Application of skill is essential to produce good results. If you are a passionate dressmaker that has just begun his/her sewing journey then following and trying new patterns and designs can help you to learn and explore the beautiful world of sewing.
Many times even a seasoned seamstress can find difficulty in reading the patterns. It can get intimidating with lengthy instructions and tutorials. There are instances when a pattern provider would have assumed that the target reader might know few basic steps, and can omit some parts of the pattern unexplained.
Reading patterns and working on them can take a while for a beginner and there are many useful tips to help them get started.
As a beginner one must search the patterns based on basic stitches and easy designs.
- This filter can help you to perfect the basics well enough.
- With simple instructions beginners can practice more sewing projects.
An eye for detail
- As you progress working on more sewing patterns make a point to read the instructions and steps carefully. Do not go by the photos given, instead concentrate on the written instructions for a better idea and select your project accordingly.
- Consider the type and amount of fabric you are buying and the one that has been prescribed in the pattern. For example, when buying a crushed fabric you may consider buying more than what is prescribed in the pattern envelope.
- Create your own chart of measurements and try to determine the various sizes compared to your shopped cloth sizes.
Before you sew
- You could use a plain sheet of paper to transfer the pattern to be sewed for a better understanding. Include all the symbols and cuts mentioned in the pattern and cut as per the instructions. Keep the size in mind and adjust as per your requirement. Fabric can be cut on this paper pattern.
- Spread the fabric on a surface and organise the pattern as per the instruction. Pay attention and learn the symbols well.
- Make sure you keep in mind the nap direction of the fabric. Not to forget the direction of the prints on the fabric. Make sure to sew the cloth so that the prints appear uniform.
- Always match the plaids, stripes and seams.
- An old pair of shears can terribly harm the edges of your fabric by making them uneven instead opt for a new, sharp shears to avoid rigged margins.
- Do not let your fabric move while cutting, attach to the pattern with pins and proceed.
- Never use any fabric that is not prewashed. This can avoid the shrinking of patterns.
- Once you are set with the pattern, mark all the edges carefully and transfer the design out onto the fabric.
Just in case
Once you finish transferring the pattern out onto the fabric, safeguard the pattern securely in a cover or a utility bag to use later.
Now to sewing
- Pin the pattern to the fabric, check for any wrong ends and start sewing.
- Consider leaving some room for alterations. With exception for knit fabrics all other fabrics must have “Designer’s ease”. How do you find this? You need to compare the finished garment’s size with your body measurements.
- If you are looking for a “Regular fit” or “loose fit” the above step can be omitted.
The final touches
The finished garment may look too sloppy or shabby hence, to make it crisp and give it a nice finish one must press the cloths soon after sewing. Follow these basic tips while pressing your sewn projects:
- Do not press gathers as it may disrupt the shape of the garment.
- Every fabric is unique and requires a different heat setting, do not let it melt or stain your cloths.
- If you are working with a delicate fabric you may consider placing an additional layer of cloth on the finished project and proceed with pressing out the creases.
These tips can help you to understand the sewing process in a nut shell. For a beginner nothing can be more daunting than a long list of measurements and design instructions, but with time and practice you can perfectly iron out the gaps and try bigger and better sewing projects.