Let’s talk about patterns


Dreamer! In today’s post, we will discuss about the essentials you should know about the patterns for your sewing projects. Learn more below!

First, we will talk about what a pattern is…

When a garment has been approved for its preparation, pattern this is drawn in kraft paper.

This stroke is thinned and cut, placing marks such as:

  • Size
  • Model
  • Part name and auxiliary symbols on the tailoring

Such as:

  • Fabric thread
  • Darts
  • Seam allowances
  • Notches (with the help of the Nasher clamp)

All these annotations give meaning and order to a pattern, and a garment can be made up of N pieces that give it structure and shape.

It’s essential to classify and group them, so they will be ready to use at any time.

If you aren’t a beginner in the sewing world …

Surely you should know this information…

Pay attention, because now we will tell you some tips if you have experience in sewing and want to speed up your work when confection your patterns.

Also we will tell you how to approach your fabrics when cutting your patterns and some basics of pattern transformation.

Learn different ways to arrange your patterns






These are the most common ways to arrange your patterns, but here we have some other tricks.

Tip 1

If you do projects with horizontal stripes…

We recommend you place the patterns aligning one of the corners of your pattern with the print lines.

In this case, we did it with the armhole; this way, you ensure that it will be perfectly aligned when you join the print.

Arrange the patterns of your pants for a better approach to the printed or plain fabric.

Tip 1

If you cut your patterns on plain fabric…

We recommend you arrange the blocks this way, so you can approach your fabric.


Tip 2

If you cut your patterns on printed fabric…

We recommend you arrange your pieces in this another way.

So your print will be in the same direction, and the lines, squares, or images will match perfectly.

Have you heard about pattern transformation?

Pattern transformation is any modification made to a basic mold to make amplitudes, cuts, and new shapes to create unique designs.

Achieving any change in the layout of a base pattern requires a more profound and advanced knowledge of anthropometry and garment construction.

But don’t worry, because here we share 2 tips on transforming the width and length of pants… and one more on modifying a basic sleeve pattern to a bell sleeve pattern.

Continue reading…

Tip 3

If you want to lengthen the pattern of a pair of pants

First, cut the mold at the hip and knee line, separate the paper to increase the length you want.

Then and mark with chalk on the fabric to join everything and form a single piece, so you can make adjustments without changing the contour.

Tip 4

If you want to modify the width of your pants

Cut the mold on the centerline of the length.

Now, separate the pattern to increase the width you wish to, and mark with chalk on the fabric to join everything and form a single piece.

  • Remember, the difference is almost 3/4 inches on each side.

Let's learn to transform our sleeve pattern

Follow these steps to achieve it quick and easy!

Trace the base pattern

Cut in half vertically by the centerline and open as shown in the image

Now, cut in half horizontally and open

Place it on a paper and adjust the piece as the image


Now you know the basic tips we have for your projects when making your patterns.

But remember always to follow the indications of the patterns, take into account that when you arrange them on the fabric.

If you still have doubts about the patterns’ symbology, This image can help you.


If the fabric doesn’t reach you, do not cross the patterns, better buy a little more fabric.

Check out too our post “How to copy the patterns of a garment” and try the project!

For finishing, Remember that every swing project involves a series of steps that you must follow to complete your work…

So we recommend that you cut all the pieces you will need before sitting at the machine to assemble everything, which prevents them from forgetting a piece.

It will make the manufacturing process much more comfortable.

We hope you have enjoyed this post! See you in another! Bye for now!

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