Sewing Patterns

Sewing Patterns

Sewing Patterns

Variations in body size, height and proportion is likely the reason first seamstresses realize the need for a sewing pattern. Prior to the use of sewing patterns, most garments were simple two-piece structures that only required stitching at the shoulders with hems on both sides. Once paper became more readily available, it was possible for seamstresses to create garment designs by drawing basic outlines to scale, pinning material to the pattern and then cutting the material to the actual pattern scale. In times when tissue thin paper was unavailable, many seamstresses used newspaper to create sewing patterns.

The Art Of Using Sewing Patterns

There is a very plausible art to using patterns. The basic concept is to be able to choose a pattern that meets requirements, lay out it on the cloth or material, pin and then cut very carefully as directed. For beginners, choose a basic sewing pattern with less than two design parts. A simple one for a dress is a good example. More advanced seamstresses with tailoring skills may prefer to tackle a two-piece suit or a more complicated sewing pattern for a complete ensemble. There are also patterns available for covers for furniture.

On To The Sewing Machine

Once a sewing pattern is cut, the next step is to sew the cut material together. Generally, a sewing machine tackles this part of the project best. Today’s digital sewing machines offer far greater ease of use than the earlier machines. Sewing with a machine insures secure hems while also offering the ability to do a wider variety of stitches including embroidery.


Embroidery is a very old craft. It requires an embroidery hoop, needle and embroidery thread and a pre-designed embroidery pattern.

Sewing Supplies

Basic sewing supplies needed are thread in several colors, straight pins or clips to pin sewing patterns, good quality pinking shears and sewing scissors, a tape measure at least 36 inches long and a sliding sewing gauge ruler to take accurate measurements.

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