Reading A Pattern

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Reading A Pattern

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

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