As an advanced sewer, I hardly ever read the pattern instructions when I sew, unless it’s for constructing a complex detail I’ve not tackled before. I’m ranting in behalf of all the NEW sewers out there.
1. Why don’t pattern instructions update to use simpler, bulk-free construction techniques, like the ones often used in ready-to-wear? Why still be giving instructions like a skirt waistband that is folded under inside and stitched by hand, when a single layer, selvage or serged edge that drops below the waistband seam can just be stitched in the ditch or topstitched?
2. Why do pattern instructions/illustrations have this addiction to cutting out the “bulk”, say, at skirt vents, clipping princess seams all the way to the seam itself WITHOUT WARNING the poor novice that it will now be unalterable if it is too tight? (Since I alter RTW for a living, I notice manufacturers often omit these steps and the garments lay just fine (thick fabrics or sharp curves excepted, of course)). I teach also, and many newbie sewers come to me in total frustration that their garment cannot be tweaked–“I followed the instructions!”
3. Why not just include bagging the lining instructions for lined jackets? No wonder no one sews anymore! The time-saving instructions are never found on the pattern sheets!
Anyone else wanna join my FRIENDLY rant? Maybe some of the major pattern company designers are lurking or can be contacted with our top 10 suggestions?