If there is one common question that beginners often find themselves ask, it must be “How To Make Your Own Sewing Patterns?” Yes, as a beginner, you are aware of the importance of a sewing pattern. However, your reliance on the store-bought sewing patterns may cost you an arm and a leg. Not only does it cost you an extra expense, sometimes it’s hard to find pattern with your own measurements. Skipping this element altogether may not be a wise decision, hence your need to search for the answer to How To Make Your Own Sewing Patterns.
Making your own patterns comes with various benefits, namely the fact that sewing may become more affordable as you no longer have to buy pre-made patterns, and also the fact that you can make one that better suits your measurements. Knowing How To Make Your Own Sewing Patterns may not be easy, but it’s do-able.
So How To Make Your Own Sewing Patterns? The easiest way to go about it is by copying the garment you have and make the alterations needed. However, it’s not the only way to do it. Check out the following:
The Copycat Sewing Pattern
First, what you will need before you decided to use a copycat sewing pattern: a hard surface like corkboard, a cloth you would like to copy, a (preferably, white) chalk, and a large piece of brown postal paper we typically use for wrapping. Why wrapping paper? The reason is simple, because it’s large and the chalk outline appears on the paper incredibly well.
When you have gathered everything you need, spread out your pattern paper with a brown postal wrapping paper on top of your corkboard. Spread the cloth you wish to copy on top of the wrapping paper. Once it lies flat, trace along the seams with a chalk. To make this process a bit easy, you may start to work on the cloth’s largest section and do it from the front side first. Always use your non-dominant hand to make sure your cloth lies perfectly still as your right hand copies the pattern. Repeat until you get the back pieces and other smaller pieces of the cloth.
The Basic Fitting Pattern
For this, you will need a measuring tape, a pattern paper, ruler, and a pen. Simply take your measurements by measuring around your arms, neck, torso, and add at least 5 cm to the measurement to ensure your own comfort.
Draw the perpendicular line out of your straight edge, 2 inches from the paper’s top and measures for as long as the measurement for your half neck (this is called HSP). Then lightly draw a different per pedicular line (1.25 cm) below your first one. From your HSP, simply measure down and mark the HSP to upper chest distance. Repeat until you’ve measured down the distance from your HSP to other spot such as waist. Last on the How To Make Your Own Sewing Patterns tutorial is to connect the points and draw a concave-curve.