How to Make Your Own Pattern for Sewing a New Piece of Clothing

Do you have a new fashion idea? Make your own pattern!

Steps

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    Gather supplies. An old bed sheet works well for this project.
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    Take measurements. Measure the general length and width for each pattern piece.
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    Cut the sheet. Cut squares and rectangles for each pattern piece.
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    Fit your model. Drape each pattern piece over your model.
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    Refine your pattern.
    • Cut and shape your pattern pieces.
    • Pin or baste each pattern piece together along the seam-line.
    • Leave a half-inch seam allowance on all sides of each pattern piece.
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    Refine your design.
    • Use tailor's chalk to mark certain areas.
    • Create pleats, tucks or darts with common pins.
    • Create gathers and hemlines with a basting stitch.
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    Remove the pattern from the model. Use tailor's chalk to mark all pinned or basted areas, if needed.
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    Cut your fabric. Using your new pattern, cut fabric for your actual garment.
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    Baste your garment together. Baste all seams by hand or use the loosest stitch on your sewing machine.
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    Refit your model. Place the basted garment on your model and make final adjustments to your design. Remove the basting.
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    Stitch your garment together. Use the sewing machine for seams. Hand-stitch hemlines for a nice finished look.

Tips

  • Ask for help from someone with more experience.
  • Learn about your materials!

Warnings

  • Be cautious with sharp or hot tools, such as scissors, needles or an iron.

Things You'll Need

  • Old sheet
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Matching thread
  • Common pins
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Sewing Machine

Article Info

Categories: Sewing Clothes | Working with Sewing Patterns