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How to Buy the Right Pattern Size

Find out how to pick the best pattern size with this expert advice.

Feb 27, 2015

Teach Yourself to Sew, Season 5 will provide you with what you need to know before cutting out your fabric. Good planning is fundamental and that’s what you’ll learn to do. Follow along as Threads Executive Editor Judith Neukam walks you through lessons on how to take and chart your measurements, find the right pattern size, check the pattern vs. your body before you start, and establish your preferred fit. These lessons are designed to turn beginners into discriminating sewers.

Pattern sizing isn’t the same as ready-to-wear apparel sizing. In fact, in most commercial patterns, you’re likely to need a larger pattern size than what you wear in purchased clothing. Sewing experts Judith Neukam and former Special Projects Editor Stephani L. Miller tell you how to choose the correct size pattern, so your sewn garments fit better. You’ll need to know your bust, high-bust, and hip measurements as a starting point for selecting a pattern.

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Teach Yourself to Sew, Season 5 will provide you with what you need to know before cutting out your fabric. Good planning is fundamental and that's what you'll learn to do. Follow along as Threads Executive Editor Judith Neukam walks you through lessons on how to take and chart your measurements, find the right pattern size, check the pattern vs. your body before you start, and establish your preferred fit. These lessons are designed to turn beginners into discriminating sewers.

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  1. designing woman January 23rd

    Is there a printable available of the single page worksheet that you used in this video?

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