Sewing is a great hobby, which thousands of people across the world enjoy. It is fun, inexpensive and is a great outlet for those with a creative streak. Most of the basics are easy to learn, but, surprisingly one of the things many beginners struggle with is finding good patterns, so here is an overview of how to find good patterns and choose the right one.
When it comes to finding a good pattern the internet can be very helpful. With so much choice, you are bound to find one for the garment you want to make. However, that is only half the story you need to take into account a few other things before actually ordering a pattern.
Things to Bear in Mind
The first consideration is your ability. If you buy a pattern that is too complicated for your abilities, you will only end up frustrated when you cannot make the garment. Therefore, buying a pattern that matches your current skill level is very important.
Next, you need to think about sizing. Off the peg, garments do not follow standard sizing, but patterns do. Always measure yourself or the person you are making the clothes for to get the sizing right.
It is also important to bear in mind the fabric you plan to use. A pattern for a stretchy fabric with give in it will be different from one that is designed for garments made out of a thicker fabric with very little natural give.