Sewing Pattern Basics

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What’s it all about?

Want to sew your own clothes from paper patterns? Haven’t a clue what to do with that mysterious wad of tissue paper with lines all over it that’s called a sewing pattern? This is the class for you!

What will we cover?

We’ll start from scratch, taking a look at the pattern envelope before unpacking it. We’ll go over the information on the instruction sheet and prepare the pattern ready for cutting. Then we’ll learn how to layout the fabric and pattern, before pinning and cutting.

Along the way we’ll decode those mysterious dots, notch and arrow symbols on the pattern pieces, plus learn how to transfer these symbols to your fabric. Many patterns these days come with multiple sizes printed on the one sheet, which makes for an even more confusing maze of lines and symbols! So we’ll do a quick how-to on tracing a single size from a multi-size pattern.

The internet is an increasingly popular place to source and buy interesting patterns from independent designers. Patterns are often available as PDF downloads, which have the advantage of being cheaper and instantly accessible. You’ll be shown how to prepare PDF patterns for cutting and will be given a comprehensive list of links to the best indie pattern designers on the web.

Bring a pattern and some fabric so that you can get started right away!

Who will be teaching?

Gaye Naismith is a lifelong sewer (machine and hand), a sometimes seamstress and as Gaye Abandon, a creator of homewares and accessories from upcycled textiles. One of her favourite materials is felted wool and she can often be found in her local Savers riffling through the jumper aisles.