Tired of the ill-fitting clothes from retailers who create outfits in patterns that never seem to fit an actual person? You can make your own simple sewing pattern that will allow you to make shirts, blouses, and other clothing that will fit your perfectly each time. Here’s how.
- Draw the base. You will need to find a blank sheet of paper that is large enough to hold the entire sewing pattern. Next, you should take a meter stick and use it to create two perpendicular lines that are located near the left and bottom side of the sheet of paper. This will be the base where you will draw the pattern.
- Measuring your body. You will need to use a tape measure to get your waistline and frontline. The waistline is the measurement of the waist at the widest point. The frontline is found by measuring from the top of the rib cage, just below the lowest section of the throat, down to the navel. Nest, measure your side front line, which is where your shoulder seam will be found. This can be done by starting off where the center front line measurement started, but instead of going down to the navel, proceed sideward and cover the distance to the side of your neck. You will also need to measure the distance from the shoulder seam to the waist. This is called the side front line. Measure also the shoulder seam which is from the center front line up to the edge of the shoulder seam. Finally, measure the side seam which is halfway your waist and your chest.
- Transfer. Transfer all of these measurements on the blank sheet of paper, making sure to follow the measurements precisely. If this is the first time for you to create a sewing pattern, you should double check each measurement, especially since it is better to take a few more minutes creating the pattern rather than end up with clothes that are ill fitting. Each of the measurements should correspond to the pattern on the paper.
- Add the armsceye. The armsceye is the curves in the arm and neck, which can be made by placing the center front line and the side front line together, and then placing these near the neck and the side seam in the arm. This will give you an idea of where to cut the holes for the neck and the arms while maintaining the shape of the cloth while being worn.
- Double checking the pattern. To double check the pattern, you can trace it on a large sheet of newspaper or any type of large paper available. Use pins or scotch taped to attach the pattern together and try to fit the pattern into yourself. Make adjustments as necessary so that you will end up with an accurate sewing pattern.
Making the sewing pattern may seem complicated at first, especially if you do not have any background experience in sewing and clothes making. As you make more sewing patterns for your family and friends, however, you will be able to master the skill and make pattern making easier for yourself.