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Video:How to Follow a Dress Pattern

with Cindy Fetzer

Learn how to follow a dress pattern so that you can sew custom-made stylish dresses. Here are some tips on how to follow a dress pattern.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Follow a Dress Pattern

Hi! I'm Cindy with Learn2SewFlorida.com. Today I'm going to tell you how to work with a commercial pattern.

Find the Supplies Needed to Follow a Dress Pattern

The first thing that you want to do when you look for a pattern is you go look in the big books that they have for the pattern books. After you find the pattern number, you want to look on the back of the pattern envelope. They're going to tell you exactly what you need to make that project, and there are different things that you can make in the envelope.

In this pattern you can make a dress, a top, or a pair of pants. Sizing is very important when you get these patterns. You want to look on the measuring chart. There's a bust, a waist, and a hip. Out of those three measurements you want to look and see which one fits you best.

Inside your pattern envelope, you're going to have some instructions. They're going to tell you everything you need to know in your instructions. And then the tissue paper is the pattern pieces that you want to make your project with.

Cut the Correct Size to Follow a Dress Pattern

So the very first thing we need to do is figure out what pattern pieces we need on here. So they're going to tell us in our instructions; it's going to tell us what pieces we need for what view we're making.

So we decided we're going to make a Size 1. There are three different sizes in this envelope. We're going to use this line right here to cut our project. We don't cut right on the line until we find all the pieces and we place it to the fabric. Once we put it down on the fabric then we're going to cut this line; it's a little timesaver. One trick to using these is you want to take the iron and run the iron over it to get the wrinkles out.

Once we have our pattern piece as you look on the pattern; it's going to tell you what you have to cut out of it. Some of them we have to place on the fold of the fabric, so the line that they say centerfold, we place right on the fold of the fabric.

Pin Around the Pattern to Follow a Dress Pattern

We have other pattern pieces that have lines that go right in the middle that means we cut all the way around this piece. And we pin the pattern pieces to the fabric so it stays secure and we can cut around it. You want to go every three to four inches; you want to put a pin in.

So now we're ready to cut the pattern. Always leave that fabric in between your blades using your fold blades. Now we're going to come up to these things called notches, these little triangles. I cut them going out; it's visually easier to see at them when you cut them going out.

And here's our finished piece that we're going to use to cut out or to sew the pattern pieces together. We don't fill it with the tissue paper on; we're going to pull all the pins off and take this tissue paper off, and then sew the fabric together. Now you want to go over to the instructions of the pattern and it will teach you how to sew it together all your pieces that you've cut out.

So this is Cindy with Learn2SewFlorida.com, teaching you how to use a commercial pattern.

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