Some skills are used in nearly every clothes making project.

Here are some links on patterns. It’s amazing how much there is to know about this useful tool.

If what you would like to know is not how to use patterns in clothes making, but how they work to convert fabric to garments, there’s a book How patterns work.

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How to use sewing patterns

A general post from Sew Mama Sew

A general video from Threads magazine – Patterns 101 – scroll down

More detailed links below.

Understand the pattern envelope

Written, from Tilly and the Buttons.
Video, from Simplicity

Take body measurements

Basic measurements, post from Sew Mama Sew

Detailed measurements, videos from eSewingWorkshop :
bodice
sleeve
skirt
pants
(their drafting methods produce a ‘second skin’ fit)

Choose size

Post from Tilly and the Buttons

Understand pattern markings

Post from Tilly and the Buttons.

Video from FashionSewingBlogTV

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A pattern is a tool that’s full of useful information. Good to know what it all means.

If this hasn’t convinced you that using patterns is right for you, don’t let that put you off sewing garments. There are plenty of ways of making clothes without patterns. These are some books :

DIY Couture by Rosie Martin (current styles)

The illustrated hassle-free make your own clothes book by Bordow and Rosenberg (boho styles)

Either way, build up your knowledge in the way that suits you, and enjoy your sewing 😀

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Originally posted 2013, revised links available September 2016

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