Sewing patterns are exactly what the name suggests - patterns that you can create by sewing along pre-marked lines. The idea of a pattern is to make it easier for you to choose and apply a design to the fabric. It is meant to make your life easier by giving you clearly marked guides that you just have to sew along. You don't have to worry about anything else - just stay on the line and you will get what you need.
Now, sewing patterns are easily available all over the world and if you have a store that sells sewing equipment or sewing machines, you are likely to find a whole lot of patterns there as well. These sewing patterns are designed for people with various levels of skills and that has ensured that anyone who takes up the hobby, will have a pattern to suit their skill level and produce a high quality design at the end of it.
The pattern is basically a bit of tissue paper that has the entire pattern, in full size, printed onto it. There are many different sizes and shapes available and if you have a single pattern that has many different sizes, then they will be marked out separately, with lines, so that you can cut out an equal number of garment pieces in the right size. The most common symbols used in a pattern are lines, dots and other symbols that are meant to tell you as to how they will lay out on the fabric and the kind of markings you will need to transfer to your fabric.
The Sewing Pattern Envelope
When you buy sewing patterns, you will get an envelope that might seem like nothing but is, in fact, the most important element in the whole package. It is not just a holder for your sewing pattern, but also contains everything else that you will need to work with your pattern. The front of the envelope usually comes with a picture of the finished product and while this may seem insignificant to you in the beginning, it is actually an important bit as it gives you something to compare your finished pattern with.
The back of the envelope comes with line-drawings that show you the position for the zips and darts while a detailed description of the garment, its style and other variations for that sewing pattern are also listed out in significant detail. You will also find a chart that lists out the kind of garments that pattern can be used on as well as a list of all the measurements you will need, in metric and imperial units, for every size. Finally, you will also find all the information you need, in terms threads or buttons, which you will need to use along with these patterns to complete your projects.
Choosing your Sewing Patterns
When you enter the store and start browsing through the sewing patterns to pick something you'd want, you need to remember a few things that will help you understand what you are doing as well as what will fit your project perfectly. The most important thing you need to remember is that if you choose a pattern that is either too complicated for you or too simple for your project, you might just ruin all the hard work and effort you have put in to make that thing work for you. So make sure that your pattern selection is based on what will look nice on your project, and not what is easy or what is in fashion at the time.
The next thing you need to consider are your skills with the sewing needle or machine. If you are starting off, start with something simple - you can always move on to bigger and more complex patterns as you keep learning but if you start getting things wrong early-on, you might not stay motivated enough to continue with the hobby you love.
Finally, you need a pattern in the right size! You need to find a pattern in accordance with what you are working on, in terms of the size. You need to take accurate measurements and match the pattern to what you are making. The pattern needs to be in the right proportion to your sewing project because with the wrong size, sewing patterns can destroy the look of your entire garment.
Sewing patterns are available in stores that sell sewing equipment and these are usually quite easy to locate. It's always best to go to a store and buy these patterns after you look at them instead of buying them over the Internet. However, try not to buy these patterns over the Internet unless you have seen them first hand and then, are merely browsing for a better price.
The difference between a masterpiece and just another sewing project can lie in the sewing patterns that you use so make sure you spend that little bit of extra time in picking your sewing patterns and give your hobby a whole new dimension.