Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Take a Sewing Pattern Tour

What will you get when you buy a Sew Chic Pattern? This week we've been up to our eyeballs in pattern parts, so let me take you on the tour!

Your printed material is:
  • Front Cover
  • Back Cover
  • Pattern
  • Instruction Booklet
The Front Cover is the first thing to see. All patterns come with a photograph of the style we made being modeled either on a mannequin or a person, not usually a professional model, but by someone that we know. My daughter, Elise Rodemack happens to be my favorite model choice. Does anyone know: How many covers can you find her on? (If you make a comment about it, I will share some trivia! - ah! Good topic for next time!) 

Annie Jones does the cover art for most patterns, though I did this one. The illustration will either be the same or alternative pattern view. You'll also find the important identifying information of  Style number, Design name, and the size range. A few patterns are in sizes 6-18, with  most in sizes 2-18. All are included with every pattern.

 Next, take a look at the back, which has the size chart. Sizing is most often numbered, which is more specific and fits more closely than Small/Medium/Large. The chart does not follow the standard sewing company sizing, but reflects ready to wear charts.

For me, the next most valuable information is the technical drawing. I use it to see the shape and lines of the pattern without distraction. The style description also helps with this. From it we can find out things like where the zipper is, and does it flare or not. You'll also find the fabric and notion requirements for all sizes.

 Next, let me show you the pattern. We print on nice 8 lb bond that is still thin enough to see though, but heavy enough to last for many uses. All patterns have minimal notations, instructions, symbols, and placement lines printed right on it so that if you were to lose the instructions you could still make the pattern up.

Last, but not least is the all important instruction booklet. The first few pages are about general sewing and pattern information to prepare for sewing, and reminds you about things like preshrinking your fabrics, or not, and how to measure and choose a size. The last section of the booklet is a step by step outline of what to sew when and next. 
All this is wrapped up in a LARGE 9x12 size zip bag, so no more stuffing a pattern back into a tiny envelope!

I've enjoyed being your tour guide today, and thanks so much for joining me on this pattern tour!

1 comment:

  1. Very nice! I love that they come in a zip lock baggie. I also love the cover art. Always pretty and appealing!


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