Reading a Pattern Clothing Construction Spring 2009
Choosing a Pattern Pattern books - Vogue - McCall’s - Simplicity - Butterick - New Look - Burda - Etc. Arranged by type – crafts, misses, children’s, etc.
Selection Pattern Company Pattern number Size Self-help drawers
Pattern Envelope Front - Possible variations, views - Pattern number - Size Back - Garment description - Suggested fabrics - Yardage chart - Notions - Finished garment measurements
Determining Yardage Requirements Must know: - pattern size - width of fabric - “nap” or directional fabric
Contents of Envelope Pattern Pieces Guide Sheet – instructions; “map” - illustrations of pattern pieces - pattern markings - information about interfacing, alterations, cutting, marking - cutting layouts – view, fabric width - step-by-step instructions
Pattern Symbols Cutting line Stitching line Grainline arrow Place on fold Notches Circles, squares Lengthen, shorten line Hemline, center front & back Buttonholes Pockets Darts
Preparing to Cut Out Pattern Gently unfold tissue pattern Determine pattern pieces needed Separate needed pattern pieces from those not needed; those not needed, return to envelope Easier to cut through cutting line than along cutting line Press tissue pattern if very wrinkled with warm iron