Skirts & Pants Patterns
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How To Follow A Sewing Pattern
Sewing patterns may seem complicated to beginners. They often contain lines and numbers, which only add to the confusion. Fortunately, patterns become easier to read once you are familiar with them. With this introduction to reading sewing patterns, you should be able to get your project started in minimal time.
How Do I Select A Pattern?
As a beginner, you need to think about your pattern a little more than advanced crafters. The reason for that is that some patterns can be complex if you are just learning.
One of the things to look out for is the size used in the pattern. For example, if you are making clothes for yourself, make sure you choose a pattern that is in your size. Choosing a pattern in your size will make it easier to transform the pattern into your garment.
Please note that some patterns provide multiple sizes. While this is great, as it allows you to create multiple sizes, it is always best to choose a pattern in a single size to begin with. If you do have your mind set on a multi-size pattern, be sure to follow the markings for your size when cutting out your fabric.
How To Read A Pattern?
Before you start looking at the diagrams, it is best to read the instructions of your pattern. While most patterns are similar, some can deviate slightly from the standard. By reading the instructions, you make sure that you interpret the pattern correctly.
While reading your pattern, be sure to check if the pattern has incorporated seam allowances. Not all patterns include seam allowances, which will need to be added if you want your garment to fit right.
Once you get to the diagram, you will notice a bunch of lines and numbers. Do not worry if this looks a little confusing, it will soon make sense.
One of the lines you will notice on the pattern is the grain line. The grain line is usually a long tine with an arrow on the end. When you put the pattern on the fabric, you must make sure that the arrow faces the same direction of the fabric grain. While this is evident for woven fabrics, knitted fabrics are less obvious. For knitted fabrics, simply choose the direction of your fabric that is stretchiest.
If your garment has buttons, then the pattern will include some button markings too. Most patterns indicate buttons with an "X" mark. Be sure to look for these markings before you check your cutting lines.
The cutting lines on the pattern are easy to find. They are the solid lines that outlines your pattern. For patterns that are available in multiple sizes, you will notice several of these lines follow one another.
Once you have found the basic parts of your pattern, you need to cut out the pattern pieces. Please use paper scissors to cut out your pattern, as cutting paper will make your fabric scissors dull.
As a beginner, it is not uncommon to make a wrong cut in the pattern sometimes. To avoid this, you could take a copy of the pattern beforehand. If making a copy is not possible, you can stick the pattern back together with some tape.
Once you have cut out the pattern pieces, refer to your instructions to lay out the pattern pieces properly. Then, use a piece of chalk or another suitable marker to trace the pattern on the fabric. Once you are happy, cut the pattern shape out on the fabric using dedicated fabric scissors. Please pay close attention to the fabric grain before you start cutting.
How Do I Find An Easy Pattern For Beginners?
Most suppliers of patterns will mark their patterns clearly for beginners. So, you can easily find a pattern that matches your skill level by looking at the cover of a pattern or the product description on the website.
For beginners, it is also advised to avoid patterns with lining fabric. Lining a fabric requires some skill and should not be attempted until you become more proficient at sewing. It is also recommended to do some research into sewing terminology. If you cannot remember some important words, why not print them, and leave them on your sewing table for easier reference.
Find Some Amazing Skirt and Pants Patterns At Spotlight
Spotlight has an extensive collection of patterns, which also includes many patterns for skirts and pants. Our skirts and pants patterns are suitable for beginners, but we also have plenty of options for more advanced crafters.
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