Choosing the Right Sewing Pattern for Your Measurements

Sewing patterns are a useful guide to start sewing a new style. When you are interested in creating your own wardrobe with the styles and colours you love, sewing patterns can come in handy as these can set the foundation for the project. Most of the time, people are confused about which pattern fits their measurements. In reality, it is incredibly unlikely that your measurements will perfectly align with the pattern sizing so you will always need to take your body measurements.

The main benefit of sewing a garment on your own is that it will be the perfect fit for you. You should get down to your underwear and start to measure the bust, waist and hip which are the most common measurements required. You will then need to compare these measurements against the pattern. You can find sewing patterns online on many websites so; so it is best to check the reviews of the patterns as well to see how well people have responded to the products. When you are measuring, you should be standing up straight and the tape measure shouldn’t be too right or loose around the body.  The fullest part of the bust and hip should be taken and the thinnest part of the waist. Once you have your size, you need to measure the same areas in the sewing pattern to see where you need to make adjustments.

The clothes in your closet can give you some valuable insight into how you can correct the sizing. If you have clothes that are too tight or slightly looser than you like similar to the pattern, you can measure and see how they fare against the pattern to see if there is sufficient room. This is a good way of deciding whether you need to go up or down a size. Sometimes you may not fit a size in the size chart and instead be between 2 sizes. This will call for tracing of different sizes. The length may be too short or long so this is something you can adjust at this stage. The bust size may have to change as most patterns are done to a B cup. A good way to make sure that you don’t make a mistake and waste an expensive fabric is to make a copy of the garment in muslin instead. If you have a similar fabric to what the pattern calls for, this is a good fit as well. This will let you make the correct adjustments to the garment and ensure little to no errors in sizing when it comes to the finished garment.

If you are unsure of which fabric to use for the project, you can always find suggestions for which fabrics will go well with the pattern. You need to look at how the fabric behaves whether it is a lightweight flowing garment or a heavy garment that stays straight. The amount of fabric can be determined with the pattern. You also need to read the instructions that come with the pattern every time to make sure that no missteps are taken during the process.

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