Thursday, July 28, 2011

Basic Sewing: How to read a pattern tutorial-PART 2

AnnaVirginia Fashion: How to read a pattern - PATTERNS

 You are at Part 2.  Follow links to access Part 1 and Part 3.

Pattern Instructions and Pieces:

Notions and Fabric to Buy: A list of types of fabrics that work with pattern. A list of notions needed (ex: zipper, elastic, lace, ribbon, etc.). A list of quantity of fabric (and lining and interfacing) based on body measurements
AnnaVirginia Fashion: How to read a pattern - PATTERNS

· Front and Back images – Shows a drawing of what each finished garment will look like from front (bigger images) and back (smaller images)
AnnaVirginia Fashion: How to read a pattern - PATTERNS

· Pattern pieces – images on instructions that explain which pieces will need to be cut from paper depending on which pattern you are doing (ex: which pieces go with style D)
AnnaVirginia Fashion: How to read a pattern - PATTERNS

· Cutting Layout – indicates recommended placement of pattern pieces on fabric when you’re ready to start cutting out the fabric.
AnnaVirginia Fashion: How to read a pattern - PATTERNS

· Cutting line – Different lines indicate cut for a different size (stated on the lines)
AnnaVirginia Fashion: How to read a pattern - PATTERNS

· Seam Line – Typically 5/8th inch from the cutting line, unless otherwise specified in pattern directions
· Hem Line – Fabric folded on itself (folded twice to enclose raw edge) at points where fabric end is not connected to another pattern piece (ex: ankle of pants, cuff on simple sleeve, bottom edge of skirt, etc.)
· Grain line – This line needs to be exactly parallel to the selvage
AnnaVirginia Fashion: How to read a pattern - PATTERNS

· Fold line – Indicates where fold of fabric needs to line up
AnnaVirginia Fashion: How to read a pattern - PATTERNS

· Notches – Triangles that you cut outside of pattern so that you can match up separate pieces when preparing to sew
AnnaVirginia Fashion: How to read a pattern - PATTERNS

· Dots – Points of interest that are explained in each pattern (ex: where to stop sewing for zipper opening, where to place corners of pocket piece, dart sewing start and stop, etc)
AnnaVirginia Fashion: How to read a pattern - PATTERNS

NEXT: Basic Sewing: How to read a pattern tutorial-PART 3
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